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Style Evolution: Nicole Richie

01/09/2010 07:19 | Updated 22 May 2015

From young wild star of The Simple Life to a fashion designer and mother of two, Nicole Richie has undergone an incredible transformation. Thankfully, the days of pink mini skirts, crop tops and trucker hats disappeared a long time ago. Since she left behind her role as Paris Hilton's sidekick, Richie has become famous for her chic, bohemian street style, accessorised with over sized shades and bags to adorn her tiny frame.

While pregnant with her daughter Harlow, Richie looked more radiant than ever in the Roberto Cavalli black and white print gown she wore to the Fashion Rocks event in 2007. And with her new found curves post pregnancy, she continued to blossom on the red carpet.

As she grew into a style icon, it made sense that Richie would give designing a go. In the fall of 2008, she launched House of Harlow, a collection of accessories stamped with her own bohemian style. She followed that up by creating a collection for American maternity label, A Pea in the Pod.

Take a look through RIchie's style evolution to see just how much she has changed.

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Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

From Hollywood wild child to stylish earth mama - Nicole Richie has undergone some extreme style transformations. We take a look back at Nicole's various incarnations, from her coloured hair extensions and trucker hats (yes, we have the proof), to her scary skinny days as the controversial subject of fashion fascination, and on to her current healthy, laid back L.A. style now that she is a mother of two.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

Back in 2002, party girl Richie was a regular at all the L.A. hot spots with her posse of friends. Her red carpet attire? See through tops, layers of shimmery make-up and straggly hair. Richie has yet to hit her red carpet mojo!

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

Is that you Nicole? In 2003 Richie's choice of attire was a far cry from the designer duds she wears today. Her L.A. style consisted of bright trucker hats, coloured braids, ruffled mini skirts and biker boots.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

With her new reality series The Simple Life set to air within the month, Richie, back in November 2003, didn't exactly look ready for prime time!

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

What a difference a TV show makes! In early 2004 Richie's style starts to emerge - she's ditched the heavy make-up and coloured hair but still loves her micro-miniskirts!

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

At the MTV Awards in June 2004, Richie takes another step towards a new look by getting rid of her crazy hat collection, but her two-tone hair is still mismatched to her emerging soft feminine style.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

By January 2005, Richie had teamed up with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who helped turn Mischa Barton, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Garner into Hollywood's most fashionable stars. Zoe, who reportedly who earns up to $6000 a day for her shopping services, creates a unique look for Richie by mixing high-end designer pieces with chic vintage finds. Richie's look also gets a boost from a new hair and make-up team.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

Like her style mentor (stylist Rachel Zoe), Richie falls for the glam look of the 70s and rocks a retro-looking Missoni halter dress at a Tommy Hilfiger charity event in April 2005.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

In May 2005, at a Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 party, Nicole's fashion savvy was on the rise, but her weight had dropped to a dangerous low. The next year, a healthier Nicole admitted to Vanity Fair she had gotten too thin: "I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like.'"

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

At the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards in June 2005 (aka "the Oscars of the fashion world"), Richie looked every inch the fashionista in a sparkling pale pink Michael Kors gown, Neil Lane diamonds and a satin Judith Leiber clutch.

Style Evolution - Nicole Richie

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