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How Jessica Alba earned her style stripes

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Jessica Alba has a thing for all-white outfits. And flared trousers. And, on occasion, she has a penchant for a spot of bondage-themed clothing. Over the years she's learned to hone these wide-ranging wardrobe tastes into a wonder to behold.

Chart her style transformation, from clunky red carpet outfits (white tights and trainer sandals - honest) to chameleonic master of all styles; preppy, girly and super vampy.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 1999

    At 18, the actress knows white is the colour for her, but is clearly still experimenting with her red carpet look.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2001

    By 2001 she has adopted a more casual approach to dressing for fancy events - and a love of flared trousers that would remain for the next decade and beyond.

    (Remember when bullet belts were on-trend?)

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2002

    To be fair, this was 2002, a time when suits were popping up everywhere on the celebrity circuit.

    She's in an ice white Dolce & Gabbana three-piecer for the Golden Globes.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2003

    There they are.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2004

    She's all frills and flounce with hair to match in 2004.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2004

    Later in the year, her hair is blonder and sleeker but her butterfly adorned cape mini dress and thigh high boots are not her strongest look.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2005

    It's a complete turnaround in 2005 when she adopts a more mature look at the MTV VMA's party.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2006

    They're back! This time with turn-ups.

    But the Sin City star's decision to indulge her love of flares and all-white outfit comes off with limited success.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2006

    It all goes a bit country singer later in 2006.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2007

    Style-wise, 2007 was something of a turning point for the actress.

    She's tapping into an Audrey Hepburn vibe in this stunning Christian Dior gown for a Galliano for Dior fashion show in Paris.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2008

    She's pregnant at the 2008 Oscars and going for a bold, feminine look in this feather-adorned Grecian Marchesa gown.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2008

    It's another super feminine look later in the year in this silky, peach Narciso Rodriguez number.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2008

    It''s December, so Alba's cherry red, hip-busting Dolce & Gabbana dress is most appropriate.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2009

    She's toning down her red carpet presence in 2009, in this plunging Prada LBD with red accents.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2010

    Wow.

    She's in her element in this little shimmy of Valentino dress.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2011

    Another big awards event (the Baftas) and another designer maternity gown. She's a picture in electric blue Versace.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2011

    It's a triumphant return to the red carpet after the birth of her second child Haven, in this gliding Michael Kors number.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2012

    The sharp tailoring doesn't come out very often, but when it does, it's perfect. Note the lack of flare in these Tommy Hilfiger trousers.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2012

    Looking like a supermodel who's stepped off a yacht in a sophisticated summery dress by Narciso Rodriguez.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2012

    She's the queen of casual chic in top-to-toe Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week in 2012.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2013

    Old habits die hard. The flares and double denim are looking good though.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2013

    It's a daring departure from her usual duds but she's pulling it off like a pro.

    The jumper is a £47 number from Revolve.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2013

    She became everyone's comic fashion icon last year in this Boom! jumper by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

    Big tick for the preppy handbag too.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    Celebrating 15 years of rocking all-white outfits on the red carpet.

    This form-fitting frock is by Jason Wu.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    Off duty, she's all about the 'it' handbags - this one's by one of her favourites, Narciso Rodriguez.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    Same shoes, very different style in this pretty "Cookie Bronze" Mary Katrantzou dress.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    Smouldering in a tasteful bondage-themed number by David Koma.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    She's totally owning boho in Zimmerman at a Comic Con event last month.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    She teams a girly fit and flare Antonio Beradi dress with strong brows and a sleek ponytail to promote her new film Sin City: A Dame To Kill, earlier this month.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2014

    Are those...yes, they are skinnies!

    She's glam to the max with sheer top and shoulder robing.

  • Jessica Alba's style - 2015

    After going for the chop Jessica is sporting a very chic and grown-up look in a monochrome Max Mara jumpsuit at the 30th Anniversary Impact Awards, Los Angeles.