Truth: Kristen Stewart has come a long way in the style department. A long way.
It’s been a steady five years of movie premieres and awards shows since the girl who brought Bella Swan to life (then death, then life again) on the silver screen—so by this point we become well versed in all the KStew fashion signatures: high-low combos, mini-dress hemlines, a little/a lotta black, messy hair, the frowning.
While it’s hard to separate Kristen’s casual off-the-clock street style (biker jackets, Ray-Bans, old boyfriend tees) from this chronology of her closet, the red carpet is where we really got to see the young starlet break out of her fashion shell. Nowadays, it’s more common to see her in Stella McCartney, Zuhair Murad and, of course, Balenciaga, but you don’t just wake up one morning and roll out of bed in Balmain. It’s a well-traveled (and ultimately, well-dressed) road to Kristen’s contemporary carpet style.
The Many Looks of Kristen Stewart have been well documented over the years, but we’ve cut it down to a simple four that coincide with each “Twilight” installment—perfectly illustrating how much she’s changed since the first flick.
Twilight (2008) — Chapter One: Kristen stepped out at the London premiere in this La Perla cocktail dress. It was kind of “prom” ready and fairly tame in the risk department, but it gave us some insight into what Kristen likes in an outfit: black, short hemline, nothing too flashy—a little black dress, but with some sort of edge.
New Moon (2009) — Around the time the sequel came out, Kristen took it up a notch up in dresses that were floor-length with idiosyncratic patterns like the Oscar de la Renta crème dress she wore to the L.A. premiere. It started to be clear Kristen was taking this red carpet thing a little more seriously.
Eclipse (2010) — Kristen continued to keep it together in this white Eli Saab that showed the actress taking further risks—off the shoulder, asymmetrical, solo long-sleeve—and being more playful with her style. Yay.
Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (2011) — It looks like Kristen’s finally got a grip on this fashion thing. This was unexpected (the color!), sexy (that thigh-high slit), glamorous (a shimmery pattern and fabric), while still exuding her own personality. She actually looked comfortable in this.
Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (2012) — This is fashion. Make that #FASHION. Kristen looks like she can actually pronounce Zuhair Murad in this gown she wore to the U.K. premiere, which proved to be quite daring—a ‘20s-esque jumpsuit in sheer, revealing lace. It was a divisive dress, but the point is Kristen looked confident taking this risk—it’s clear that at this stage she’s moved pass her conscious disdain for fashion and now able to appreciate it as an artform. There’s no way she would’ve worn something like this years prior, which is what a style evolution is all about.