The One Dress Style Charlize Theron Has Been Wearing For Over 20 Years

Hey — when it's good, it's good.

There are certain items in our wardrobe that seem to be similar, but definitely aren't: plain white T-shirts, pairs of jeans, and basic black boots, all with minor details that make them slightly different and special. That's sort of how Charlize Theron is when it comes to metallic dresses. The Bombshell actress has been wearing the same style for years — on the red carpet, while attending events, even as she heads somewhere with her friends — but no two options have ever been exactly the same.

Silver and gold designs seem to be the star's go-to, and like Jennifer Aniston's scarves or Lisa Bonet's hats, it's the one item we can always expect to see her in. Ahead, we've rounded up some of Theron's best metallic dresses, some of which go as far back as 1998.

Charlize Theron at the 1998 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Theron started out slowly when it came to metallics, showing up at a 1998 Oscar party in a velvet, gray-ish-silver dress.

Charlize Theron at the 36th Annual New York Film Festival in 1998
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Then, at the New York Film Festival that same year, she went full force, wearing a silver and black combo with a peek-a-boo bra.

Charlize Theron at the 1999 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards
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For 1999's VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, the star's sequined number was on full display. She let it steal the spotlight by keeping her jewelry simple.

Charlize Theron at the 2000 premiere of Reindeer Games
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The addition of bangs gave Theron's asymmetrical mini a playful vibe while attending the premiere of Reindeer Games in 2000.

Charlize Theron at the 2000 Golden Globe Awards
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Um, Angelina who? Theron also made a point to show some leg in her sparkly number, posing with Tom Cruise at the 2000 Golden Globes.

Charlize Theron wears Ralph Lauren at the Deauville Film Festival in 2003
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For the Deauville Film Festival, the actress walked the red carpet in a golden Ralph Lauren gown that was styled with a pendant necklace.

Charlize Theron at the National Board of Review 2004 Awards Gala
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At the National Board of Review 2004 Awards Gala, Theron didn't just wear a gold mid-length dress — her heels, earrings, and bracelet were all gold as well.

Charlize Theron at the 2004 Academy Awards
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Who could forget the embellished silver Gucci gown Theron wore at the 2004 Oscars? It was a history-making look, especially after she took home an award for Best Actress for her role in Monster.

Charlize Theron at the 2004 Covenant House California's Youth Awards Dinner Gala
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That same year, Theron opted to show some skin at Covenant House California's Youth Awards Dinner Gala, wearing a breathtaking cutout design.

Charlize Theron at TIFF 2005
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It was slightly sheer and sequined at 2005's TIFF premiere of North Country.

Charlize Theron at the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala Ceremony
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Her gown for the 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards may have been dusty pink, but there was metallic detailing.

Charlize Theron at the North Country Sydney Premiere in 2006
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The actress made sure to match her clutch to the silver sequined look she wore for North Country's Sydney premiere.

Charlize Theron at the North Country New Zealand Premiere in 2006

This golden dress almost looks like chain mail from the way it caught the light on the red carpet in 2006.

Charlize Theron at the opening of Social Hollywood
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We got old Hollywood (and maybe Taylor Swift?) vibes from Theron when she attended the opening of Social Hollywood in 2006.

Charlize Theron at the 64th Venice Film Festival in 2007
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The only thing more over-the-top than a metallic dress? A poofy, metallic mermaid dress.

Charlize Theron at the AFI FEST 2009 Screening of The Road in 2009
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While Theron's silver wrap dress was definitely fit for the red carpet, we could easily picture it dressed down and worn with sneakers, too.

Charlize Theron at the Burning Plain Paris Premiere in 2009
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Now that the mid-section belt has returned, will Theron rewear her golden look from 2009's The Burning Plain pemiere in Paris?

Charlize Theron at the American Cinematheque 24th Annual Award Presentation To Matt Damon 2010
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The star was still sticking with her go-to in 2010, where she went with butterfly-sleeves and sequins paired with heeled booties.

Charlize Theron at the Dior Cruise 2011 fashion show
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While this outfit may be from 2011, a strapless metallic dress and a statement necklace is a classic and timeless pairing.

Charlize Theron at the premiere of Prometheus in 2012
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Who says metallic has to be gold and silver? Theron wore a shiny blue dress to the 2012 premiere of Prometheus.

Charlize Theron at the Christian Dior show 2014
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A T-shirt dress, but make it metallic!

Charlize Theron at an event in Hong Kong in 2015
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...The same goes for the classic bodycon.

Charlize Theron at the 2017 Academy Awards
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Theron's Grecian-like gold gown from the 2017 Oscars may have looked simple at first, but there's a sheer, black overlay that helped make it special.

Charlize Theron at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards
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One-shoulder, cutouts, a bit of ombré — we're honestly still dreaming about the Givenchy number that Theron wore to 2019's Critics' Choice Awards.

Charlize Theron at Tamarind Kitchen in Soho
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A long-sleeved, super sparkly and tight mini was made even sexier with the addition of over-the-knee boots.

Charlize Theron at the The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project fundraising event

It may be small, but Theron's stunning and detailed Dior dress took over 1,200 hours to make.

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