37 Photos That Prove Charlize Theron Has Mastered Every Major Trend Over the Past Two Decades
There's something about entering a brand new decade that has us reflecting on the past. We've been thinking about former celebrity couples, old TV shows we loved, and the (sometimes questionable) fashion choices that we've made over the past few years.
Perhaps no one knows more about that last bit than Charlize Theron, who, we've realized, mastered every major trend over the past two decades (and slightly beyond). Bubble skirts? She wore 'em. Random mid-section belts? Check. The actress even styled dresses over pants and wore large scarves with tank tops — two combinations that never made much sense, TBH.
Still, Theron managed to make it all look pretty darn good. Take a trip down memory lane by looking at some of the star's best throwback outfits, as we cross our fingers and hope, for our sake, that some of these pieces never make a comeback.
Camis and Pencil Skirts
A classic 1997 pairing. It worked for the office, casual outings, and, in Theron's case, the red carpet.
It's true: the actress has been loving metallic designs since 1998.
We're honestly ready for this not-so-little detail to make a comeback. it added a bit of flair to Theron's 1998 look.
When finding the perfect layer to go with your dress was easy — and included in your purchase. Theron wore this ensemble to the 2000 SAG Awards.
Styled with a cami and a printed satin bag, of course.
Like a matching shawl, but slightly different. It's also worth noting that Theron seemed to be a fan of spaghetti straps in the year 2000.
Worn over a white tank top with a thin, studded belt (for some extra edge).
And knee-length leather skirts! We can't forget about Theron's kitten heels, either, which completed this 2001 ensemble.
These tops always promoted something random like a fake team, a fake band, or, in this case, cheetahs.
2002's version of a semi-fancy, super sexy look, especially when styled with low-rise jeans and heels.
These babies were always embellished with some sort of pin to pull it all together. Example: the silver star on Theron's dress, which she wore to a 2004 photo call for the movie Monster.
Which Theron wore with a modest black turtleneck because, balance.
Theron's 2004 version fell just below the knee.
And, let's not forget the gold bangle bracelets that were added to this look.
The actress proved to be a fan of 2005's mid-section belt trend, wearing one to Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that year.
A red carpet fashion staple back in 2005.
We really hope Theron held onto the striped vest that she wore to TRL — this aughts staple recently resurfaced.
The star spiced up her gray set with strappy metallic heels while attending the Melbourne premiere of North Country.
In a sand-like color, no less. Bringing us back to 2006!
Sure, Theron was technically at the airport here, but big bags were all the rage back then.
This work staple became slightly sexier when the star added a sheer, off-the-shoulder top and drop earrings.
And, whoa — check out that statement-making pendant necklace, too!
Printed Maxi Dresses
The thick black band signals that this dress is from 2007. Theron wore it to the Venice Film Festival that year.
One of the more questionable trends from the '00s, but Theron pulls it off rather well.
Slouchy Beanies and Booties
Clearly, this star was onto something at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. While designs have changed a bit, these pieces have since become winter wardrobe staples.
Dresses Over Pants
It's the best of both worlds, made complete with another mid-section belt!
A casual outfit in 2009: a newsboy cap, long-sleeved tee ( with lacy details), jeans, and ballet flats.
Vest Over T-shirts
Also, take a look at Theron's 2009 gladiator sandals. We're having flashbacks!
Sure, Lady Gaga helped pioneer this 2009 trend, but Theron was definitely on board.
Grey Skinny Jeans
The actress strayed from typical blue and black denim in 2010, when she stepped out in a groutfit.
Scarves Worn With T-Shirts
Did we actually need a scarf? No. Did we all wear them anyway? Yep!
This hat style may be timeless, but it became a bit more popular in 2012, along with wearing a black blazer with everything.
Which wrapped around the ankles and included a big buckle. Summer 2015 in a nutshell.
It's not necessarily the shirt that's a throwback. It's how it's untucked and layered over a white mini skirt.
Fringed Leather Skirts
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t immediately run to H&M and buy an affordable option of this trend back in 2015.
Pussy Bow Tops
Theron nailed 2017's Victorian-inspired trend when she stepped out to promote Fast & Furious 8 in Madrid.
Plus, big, boxy styles ruled 2019.