There is so much to love about birthday girl and Chanel muse Keira Knightley, who turns 29 today. Whether she’s acting as the face of Coco Mademoiselle, starring in period films like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, or flaunting her flawless style onscreen and off, the London native isn't afraid to step outside the box. After all, the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit actress donned her wedding frock on three separate occasions, teaching us an important lesson in recycling our special occasion dresses: one can never go wrong with layering.
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1. In Giambattista Valli Couture, 2015
The now 30-year-old mama-to-be chose to dress her baby bump in a delicate Giambattista Valli Couture number for the 2015 BAFTA Film Awards.
2. In Delpozo, 2015
The Imitation Game actress showed off her chic maternity style in an embellished Delpozo gown with a Peter Pan collar for the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards. A simple updo and a rosy lip was all this looked needed.
3. In Erdem, 2015
Knightley opted for a purple Erdem gown for the 2015 SAG Awards! This multilayered dress, with cutouts and a peplum that offered ample baby-bump camouflage, brought a lot of life to the most regal of red carpet colors.
4. In Chanel, 2015
Knightley worked a pretty white floral lace top and a shattered graphic-print ankle-grazing skirt, both by Chanel, to the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards. Simple black Jimmy Choo pumps completed the eye-grabbing look.
5. In Chanel Haute Couture, 2012
Forty embroidered Camelias embellish this exquisite organza Chanel Haute Couture gown. Knightley, who has been the face of the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance since 2007, played the role of Chanel in a short film directed by Karl Lagerfeld. “I’m proud to work with such an iconic fashion house,” the actress said.
6. In Roksanda Ilincic, 2011
Here’s proof that when she does go minimal, it’s far from plain. The sexy crisscross bodice on this Roksanda Ilincic dress is balanced by a tea-length hem and ankle- strap heels by Salvatore Feragamo.
7. In Elie Saab Haute Couture, 2011
It took a month and a half to hand-make the shimmering Elie Saab Haute Couture cocktail dress she wears here, at the Toronto première of 'A Dangerous Method.' A floral brooch at her waist cinches the light layers.
8. In Valentino Haute Couture, 2013
At a ball in Venice, a glimpse of black lingerie peeking through a Valentino Haute Couture gown shows off Keira's curves under elaborate leaf detailing. On her arm that night? Klaxons keyboardist (and new husband) James Righton, who also wore Valentino.
9. In Mary Katrantzou, 2013
“The classic fit- and-flare shape is elegant on Keira, while the cool hues complement her complexion,” says Mary Katrantzou of her silk dress with its print of a field of blossoming trees.
10. In Erdem, 2012
At the L.A. première of 'Anna Karenina,' the leading lady arrived in a mint silk Erdem gown
with touches of snake-skin and lace. ?I?ve got to go all out tonight because the Jacqueline Durran costumes in the film are extraordinary,? she noted.
11. In Valentino, 2012
A hand-embroidered silk Valentino dress is gorgeous and “comfy,” according to Knightley. “Putting on a flowery dress can brighten up the world,” she has said.
12. In Richard Nicoll, 2012
Knightley has mastered the art of the quick change, slipping into this shiny brocade dress by Richard Nicoll for a party after wearing an Erdem gown (see No. 6).“The flirtatious waistline and modern length are perfect for her feminine style,” says the designer.
13. In Miu Miu, 2010
Knightley looks pretty and prim at a luncheon, sporting a patterned Miu Miu ensemble with an accent collar and black platforms, also from the label. Turns out she is just as polished when she’s away from the lens. “I don’t really own sweat pants,” she has said.
14. In Burberry Prorsum, 2012
The London-born beauty often dons U.K. labels, selecting pieces that range from high street (Topshop is a fave) to high-end, like this fitted lace dress from Burberry Prorsum.