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21 Photos That Display Nicole Richie's Dramatic Fashion Evolution

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:11 p.m. ET

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After The Simple Life ended, we watched as Nicole Richie's wardrobe became a complicated voyage of remarkable red carpet wins and design know-how. Jump back to 2001, where we meet Nicole before House of Harlow tugged at your heartstrings.

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Nicole Richie in 2001 with Paris Hilton

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The 90s had past, but matching denim on denim was still a thing. The Simple Life stars Paris and Nicole did their part to rock that trend by sporting jean blazers sans of shirts.

Nicole Richie in a Tight, Blue, Silky Dress

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In 2003, Nic wore her strands long with super dark low-lights. The dress of choice to a pre-emmys party? A silky blue number worn with dangle earrings and black combat boots.

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Nicole Richie at the 1st Annual Teen People Young Hollywood Party

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Nicole obviously sought to lingerie-inspired style bits for the Teen People's Young Hollywood bash. Wouldn't you agree that it was a much better choice than our previous red carpet mention?

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Nicole Richie in a Black, Sequined Dress

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And look at that dynamite in sequins! This is one of the first times we see Nicole flaunting an outfit with a vintage feel. Don't worry—lots to follow.

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Nicole Richie in a Pink, Chiffon Gown

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Every now and then, Nicole makes sure to throw in an ultra-feminine number that screams princess.

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Nicole Richie in Scarlet

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This lady in red's drop-waist is a silhouette that works!

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Nicole Richie at the Teen Vogue Young Hollwood Party

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She was going to a Teen Vogue party, you guys. This medieval—esque gown was essential.

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Nicole Richie Book Signing

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When you write a book, you show up in a pencil skirt.

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Nicole Richie in a White Strapless Gown

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Nicole started to stay away from bright patterns and clearly focused on sleek cuts and muted hues. We're NOT complaining.

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Nicole Richie in Gold Sequins

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With the dark 'do came a little more skin and the return of sequins.

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Nicole Richie Pregnant

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Welcome to the pregnancy years, where we see Nicole score major points by rocking a boho chic style like, all the time.

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Nicole Richie in an Empire-Waisted Gown

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All eyes on the empire waist.

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The vintage-loving beauty wore bell-sleeves and even more sequins to the Academy Awards in 2010.

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Nicole Richie in a Headband

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Intrique headpieces are a Richie revolution. Even today the celeb manages to work them into her outfits.

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Calling Megan Draper! Wouldn't she be interested in the same type of frock. Again, we can't blame her.

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Nicole Richie in a Sexy LBD

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Every girl has a moment in their life where an LBD takes over. Take a look at Nicole Richie's sexiest red carpet moment.

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At the Golden Globes in 2013, Nicole wore a floral blue (and of course sequined) long-sleeve gown. Just the start of her long-sleeve series.

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Nicole Richie in a Deep V-Neck Gown

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We honestly wish all celebs would take cue from Nic and wear white on the red carpet more often. Just keep clicking to see why.

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Nicole Richie at the MET Gala

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Exhibit B. An off-white masterpiece at the Met Gala.

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When her pics of this event hit Instagram, we stared for weeks.

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50 Most Fashionable Women of 2013 event by Who What Wear and Cadillac? Yep, Nicole Richie (along with her cat headpiece) was there.

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