Jennifer Lopez has been in Hollywood for over 20 years — here’s her wild style evolution

While Jennifer Lopez hasn’t aged at all throughout the two-decade span of her career, her style has changed quite a bit.

But there has been one constant in her fashion choices: The singer and actress has always embraced looks that flaunt her flawless figure, from ultra low necklines to super high slits.

Keep scrolling to see how JLo’s style has evolved from 1997 until now.

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Jennifer Lopez in 2013, 2017, and 2019. Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images, Karwai Tang/WireImage, Steve Granitz/WireImage

JLo’s first big break came when she starred in the 1997 film “Selena.” For the LA premiere, she chose a turquoise sequin-studded gown with a fur stole.

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We love the color palette here. Fred Prouser / Reuters

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That same year, Lopez rocked curls and a tight-fitting beige, floral dress for the premiere of “Anaconda.”

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Her hair was quite curly. Str Old / Reuters

Lopez was actually told to “lose a few pounds” at the start of her career, but thankfully didn’t listen.


Flaunting those rock-solid abs in a look that would become a signature of hers, JLo (and Mark Wahlberg) posed at the 1998 MTV Music Video Awards.

The hat and trench combo should make a comeback. Michael Caulfield / AP

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Lopez looked elegant in diamonds and all black at the Oscars in 1999.

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A classic loop from JLo. Reuters

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She wore this shimmery, low-cut number to accept the award for the most fashionable female artist at the 1999 VH-1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

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Lopez loves sequins. Peter Kramer / AP

The dress served as a precursor to the celeb’s most iconic look to date.


No one will ever forget the silk chiffon Versace dress that Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000.

The famous dress. Mike Blake / Reuters

It left little to the imagination, but if anyone could pull it off, it was JLo.


The star dressed down (and very early 2000s) to accept the award for best dance video at the MTV Music Awards that same year.

This was classic 2000s style. Dan Loh / AP

Apparently, her diet isn’t that difficult.



She looked like a Greek goddess at the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2000 with her then-boyfriend Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

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More shimmer and sequins for Jenny from the Block. Reuters

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Nothing screams JLo (pictured at an album signing in 2001) more than this outfit: the crop top, lace-up gold pants, body chain, gold jewelry, floppy hat, and oversized sunglasses.

JLo in 2001. Reuters

The lace-up pants are great.


She chose this pretty, one-shoulder gown to present the award for best original song at the Oscars in 2001.

Lopez looks striking in grey.


Lopez performed next to Ja Rule at the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards in an all-white crop top, skirt, and matching hat ensemble.

Lopez in 2001. Reuters

More hats and abs, of course.


She looked pretty in pink in this fitted dress with voluminous hair at the Oscars in 2002.

JLo went for big hair at the event.


JLo opted for a layered, ruffled dress and tall, lace-up boots to introduce her movie “Maid in Manhattan” in Berlin in 2003.

Jennifer Lopez in 2003. Reuters

The boots are quite the early-2000s fashion statement.


The singer looked statuesque in a one-shoulder, embellished, pale green gown at the 2003 Oscars.

Jennifer Lopez in 2003. Lee Roth / AP

That turquoise shade is perfect for her complexion.


She glowed in this belted, orange dress at the Golden Globes in 2004.

We love her bangs, too. Mark J. Terrill / AP

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She went with a much more playful look for Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards that same year.

Jennifer Lopez at the 2004 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Lee Roth / AP

Her cropped pants were stylish back then.


Lopez showed off her impressive obliques with the cut outs on this white, beaded dress that she wore to the premiere of “Shall We Dance” in 2004.

Those cut-outs are still popular.


For the 2005 NRJ Awards Ceremony in Cannes, France, JLo paired high black boots with a belted, flowing, print dress.

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The star smoldered in a silk baby blue gown with an intense smokey eye at the Latin Billboard Awards in 2005.

Jennifer Lopez in 2005. Reuters

Pale blue is another one of Lopez’s most-worn colors.


Lopez stuck with silk for the premiere of “Monster-in-Law” just days later.

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Jennifer Lopez at the “Monster-in-Law” premiere. Fred Prouser / Reuters

“Monster-in-Law” was an iconic 2000s romantic comedy.


She was the epitome of old-school glamour in this vintage chiffon gown at the 2006 Oscars.

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JLo in 2006. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Lopez showed off her shoes in this green number.


JLo went for neutral tones with some sparkle (and a matching beanie) at the MTV Video Music Awards later that year.

Only JLo could pull this off. Tom Lau / AP

The look was very early 2000s.


She stunned in a chic, all-black gown complimented by jewels and extra large hoops for the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards.

The hoops were the perfect statement jewelry. Stuart Ramson / AP

Her dress was simple but very elegant.


Later that year, Lopez celebrated Tony Bennett’s 80th birthday with a gorgeous turquoise chiffon gown accented with diamonds.

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The backless, one-shoulder dress that JLo wore to the 2007 Golden Globes was particularly unique.

Her hair looked great with the drop-down earrings.


She highlighted her flawless figure in the white gown she wore to the 2007 Berlin Film Festival for the premiere of her movie “Bordertown.”

JLo rocking an all-white gown in 2007. Hermann J Knippertz / AP

Her cheekbone highlight is also stunning.


For the release of her Spanish album, “Coma Ama Una Mujer,” JLo wore an all black ensemble reminiscent of her earlier crop-top-heavy days.

JLo in a sophisticated mesh ensemble. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Even though she’s technically covered-up, there’s still some skin and sparkle.


She wore a fashion-forward pantsuit to accept the award for style icon of the year at the US Hot Hollywood Party in 2007.

The suit looks amazing on JLo. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

It was a noticeable departue from her usual longer gowns. 


Lopez shone in plenty of glitter for the premiere of her movie “The Singer.”

Her iconic hoop earrings also make an appearance in this look.


The star chose a funky, butterfly-like baby doll and pants combo when she performed in Miami that same year.

Her look here is psychedelic. Lynne Sladky / AP

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Never one to shy away from low-cut necklines, JLo rocked this gold gown at the Golden Globes in 2009.

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She looked regal in royal blue at the 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala.

Jennifer Lopez in 2009. Evan Agostini / AP

The bold blue color is so classy.


Lopez bared a lot of (toned) leg at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

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JLo’s memorable 2010 Grammy Awards dress. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

This high and low cuts of the gown make for a fun look.


A few months later, the singer was timelessly beautiful in the structured pale pink gown she wore to the Oscars.

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The structure on this gown is so interesting. Matt Sayles / AP

This layered look was one of her most unique ones yet.


She looked like a jungle princess in a dress that combined multiple animals at the World Music Awards that same year.

Jennifer Lopez in 2010. Mark Mainz / AP

The dress has a lot going on, but JLo pulls it together.

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The star opted for a corset and lots of layers at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit in 2010.

JLo wears a lot of feathered looks. Joel Ryan / AP

We love the pale pink shade of this gown.


JLo was introduced as a judge on season 10 of “American Idol” in a sparkly, gray, zip-up jumpsuit.

JLo as a guest judge on “American Idol.” Dan Steinberg / AP

Her hair also looks fabulous.


Lopez kicked off 2011 with this jaw-dropping white gown at the Golden Globes.

We love the subtle sparkles. Matt Sayles / AP

Her icy eyeshadow pulls the ensemble together.


She continued to turn heads at the Fox after party in this nude, feather mini dress.

This look is dramatic but gorgeous. Chris Pizzello / AP

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JLo looked fierce at the 2011 Met Gala in red and a high-neck, both of which she doesn’t wear often.

What a beautiful color. Peter Kramer / AP

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The American Music Awards later that year was just one of many times the singer sported a barely-there bodysuit for a performance.

Lopez looked like a superhero. Matt Sayles / AP

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Lopez look chic at the 2012 Academy Awards thanks to cut-out long sleeves and bold stripes.

This geometric gown is memorable.


She relied on two of her favorites — sparkles and a low-cut neckline — for Vanity Fair’s party after the award ceremony.

Jennifer Lopez looks stunning a dark red gown. Danny Moloshok / Reuters

We loved the high bun she sported with both dresses.


The singer looked ethereal in a nude and lace dress at the 2013 Golden Globes.

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JLo in 2013. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Lace also looks great on JLo.


She bared a lot of skin in this daring but minimalistic black dress at the Grammys later that year.

JLo at the Grammy Awards in 2013. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Her shoes were killer, too.


Lopez continued to embrace the high slit trend at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards where she covered up a bodysuit with a belted chiffon dress…

JLo loves showing off some leg. L.E. Baskow / Reuters

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…and again later that year at MTV Music Video Awards.

Dresses with slits are a classic for the singer. Kevork Djansezian / Reuters

The cut outs on this show-stopping gown were evidence that the singer’s flawless figure hadn’t changed a bit in two decades.


JLo switched it up and opted for a glittery jumpsuit to attend the People Magazine Awards in 2014.

JLo proves that jumpsuits are always the answer.


She looked gorgeous at the 2015 Golden Globes in a silver dress complete with cleavage, a slit, and basically its own cape.

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The cape was amazing. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Her voluminous hair adds to the dramatic look.


Wearing another cape, Lopez attended the Latin Billboard Awards later that year in a white lace jumpsuit.

The lace jumpsuit is so detailed. Joe Skipper / Reuters

JLo’s best accessory is her glowing skin.


Embracing the cut-out look yet again, Lopez rocked the ropes on the dress she wore to the 2015 American Music Awards.

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JLo in 2015. David McNew / Reuters

She sports another pale blue gown.


Later in the ceremony, she slayed on stage in a risqué gown that sparkled in all the right places.

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This dress was quite daring. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Lopez is known for wearing many a naked dress.


Although yellow isn’t one of her staple colors, JLo looked incredible at the 2016 Golden Globes, where she paired a deep yellow gown with diamonds and a bold red lip.

We love the yellow color. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

The look was reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour.


She ended 2016 with a killer bodysuit complete with flared bottoms and intricate detailing at the Latin Grammy Awards.

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Jennifer Lopez in 2016. Steve Marcus / Reuters

The jumpsuit makes her legs look so long.


At the 2017 Met Gala, Lopez brought her new boyfriend, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, and wore a pale blue dress that looked like a nightgown.

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Lopez with Alex Rodriguez. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Unfortunately, she made our worst dressed list.


In May 2017, Lopez looked glam in this off-the-shoulder dress at the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront.

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Lopez in May 2017. Evan Agostini / AP

We can’t wait to see what she’ll wear next.


Lopez stuck to gold tones for the 2018 Time 100 Gala.

Jennifer Lopez Time 100 Gala 2018
We love her long ponytail. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

JLo loves wearing metallic gowns.


The singer went with a much edgier look for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

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Lopez at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Her short hair and dark eyeshadow paired well with a leather skirt and knee-high boots.


For 2018’s religious-themed Met Gala, JLo stunned in a bejeweled Balmain gown complete with a cutout cross and a feather train.

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No one rocks a slit better than she does. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Lopez made our best-dressed list


JLo’s mirrored, mosaic gown was a memorable look at the 2019 Oscars red carpet.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Academy Awards in 2019. Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

Her unique, shiny ensemble proves JLo can rock anything metallic.


She wore this glittery getup to the Vanity Fair Oscars Afterparty.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty. David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The purple heels are the perfect touch.


JLo turned heads with this two-piece coral gown at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

We love this color on her.


She rocked a stunning glittery jumpsuit at a concert for her “It’s My Party” tour in 2019.

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Jennifer Lopez in June 2019. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABA

If anyone can make a full-on glittery jumpsuit look fabulous, it’s JLo.

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