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Beyonce's Style Evolution Shows She Eats & Leaves No Crumbs

From Destiny’s Child to everyone’s mother.

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One thing Beyoncé will always be: the vibe. Whatever she does leaves the BeyHive gasping for air and craving for more. Whether she's owning the stage or walking the red carpet, every look is carefully thought out to create the ultimate slay. With a career spanning over two decades, Beyoncé’s fashion evolution is not only amazing to see, but it proves that she has always been a style icon, starting with Destiny’s Child in the late ‘90s all the way through her Renaissance World Tour.

As if her head-turning ‘fits weren’t enough already, the Grammy winner’s also been in the design studio and cooked up some looks herself via her athleisure brand, Ivy Park, which launched in 2016. Then there’s all her custom Renaissance Tour ensembles, like that bee costume that legit had everyone in a chokehold. Have you seen all the fans DIYing their own versions at home ahead of her concerts? Beyoncé walked so everyone else could run.

Queen status doesn’t apply to just anyone; only to those who keep themselves (and their love) on top with their enviable looks to match. Below, you’ll see how Queen Bey’s style has evolved over the years. Trust, you will be gagged by the end.

December 1999: Beyoncé In All-White

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At a 1999 Destiny’s Child concert, Beyoncé represented her hometown of Houston in an all-white cowboy-inspired ensemble. This was the same year Destiny’s Child released its second and, arguably, most popular album, The Writing’s on the Wall.

October 2001: Beyoncé’s Patriotic Pants

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Everyone, pledge your allegiance to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Rocking American flag pants with a ruby crystal belt and classic white tank, Beyoncé performed at the Michael Jackson United We Stand Concert, held as a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.

September 2002: Beyoncé’s NYC-Inspired Denim Moment

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Channeling her then-boyfriend and now-husband Jay-Z’s New York roots, Beyoncé wore a denim mini dress, Yankee baseball cap, and Timberland-inspired heels during an appearance on TRL.

June 2003: Beyoncé In Versace

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Beyoncé slayed her performance of her hit single “Crazy in Love” at the 2003 BET Awards in a Versace mini dress. Fellow queen Zendaya notably wore a version of the dress to the 2021 BET Awards ceremony. It’s just *that* iconic.

April 2005: Beyonce’s Tina Turner Tribute

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One thing to know about Beyoncé is she will never disappoint with her performance looks. Making a tribute to Tina Turner at the Annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2005, she wore a fiery red and orange fringed sequined bodysuit.

January 2007: Beyoncé’s Golden Gown

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Walking the 2007 Golden Globes red carpet, Bey stunned in a deep-cut gold sequin gown. The look was paired with her signature honey-brown locks and a smokey eye.

November 2008: Beyonce’s Black Catsuit

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Beyoncé served major Catwoman vibes in a black catsuit and leather boot combo. The look was worn at her 2008 Today Show performance of one of her most popular songs, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

August 2011: Beyoncé’s Sequin Blazer

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Beyoncé had the whole world shook when she announced that she was pregnant with her first child, Blue Ivy, at the 2011 MTV Awards. To make the major announcement, she wore a purple sequined blazer with a white button-up and black trousers.

February 2013: Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Bombshell

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Although Destiny’s Child broke up in 2006, Beyoncé knew the fans were craving a reunion and brought the group back together for her 2013 Super Bowl performance. The trio came back to the stage in matching black leather outfits. Beyoncé’s look featured lace paneling along the sides for some extra flare.

May 2015: Beyoncé’s Sheer Moment

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The Met Gala is fashion’s most important night of the year, so, of course, Queen Bey had to serve a lewk. Bey partnered with Givenchy for a barely there rhinestone sheer dress and added a sky-high blond pony to seal off the look.

June 2016: Beyoncé’s Icon Era

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For many, Beyoncé already had been a fashion icon for years, but she was officially given icon status when she was awarded the Fashion Icon Award at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards. To accept this honor, she, again, wore Givenchy with a rhinestone-striped suit and black wide-brim hat.

April 2018: Beychella

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At the 2018 Coachella Music Festival, Beyoncé ruled both weekends and it will forever be known as Beychella. She worked with Balmain to create a Black sorority-inspired look featuring a rhinestone sweatshirt with her own fictional Greek letters, Beta Delta Kappa, a pair of cut-off denim shorts and holographic-fringe Louboutin boots.

July 2019: Beyoncé’s Gold Drip

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Looking like she was literally dripping in gold, Beyoncè wore a custom Cong Tri gown at the European premiere of Disney’s live-action The Lion King, in which she starred as Nala.

March 2021: Beyoncé’s Voluminous ‘Do

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Embodying her inner savage in this Schiaparelli black leather off-the-shoulder mini dress with accompanying black leather gloves, Beyoncé accepted her Grammy for Best Rap Song for her collab with Megan Thee Stallion on “Savage Remix.” She switched up her normal long hair for a more voluminous brushed-out curl.

March 2022: Beyoncé In Neon

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Tennis ball, but make it chic. Beyoncé brought us something new in an all-neon-yellow look for her 2022 Oscar performance of “Be Alive” from the King Richard soundtrack. The pop and R&B star was nominated for her first Oscar and had to show out in this David Koma dress.

May 2023: Queen Bee

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The Renaissance World Tour has been serving all hits no misses in the outfit department. Beyoncé made sure to honor her fandom and play on her queen status in a Mugler bee-inspired outfit featuring a helmet that looks like actual bee antennas. A queen always represents her swarm.

June 2023: The Beyoncé Renaissance

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Wearing the silver metallic featured on the cover of her album (and worn by many Renaissance tour goers), Beyoncé performs at the final date of the European section of her tour in Warsaw. The silver sequined dress features a fan-like top piece and was another collab with Balmain. There is no doubt she will continue to give us life with her looks as the tour continues.

November 2023: Beyoncé Goes Platinum Blond

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For the premieres of her Renaissance concert film, Beyoncé completely changed up her signature honey (bee) blond hair for bold platinum tresses, making her unrecognizable to a lot of fans when the pictures first hit the internet.

Mama Tina Knowles chimed in about her daughter’s appearance on Instagram, saying, in part, “She wore silver hair to match her silver dress as a fashion statement clown.”

February 2024: Beyoncé’s Cowgirl Era

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Rather than leave her silver embellishments and cowgirl hat in 2023, Beyoncé took those particular Renaissance vibes to the 2024 Grammys.

The still-platinum-haired singer made a surprise appearance at the event wearing a black leather jacket with silver studs and a white cowgirl hat as she supported husband Jay-Z, who was there to accept the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award.

Little did everyone know, this was a *huge* Renaissance Act II Easter egg, which she made clear one week later during the Super Bowl. On Feb. 11, she took to Instagram after her Verizon commercial aired, revealing two new songs from the followup album: “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” — with both covers showcasing her wearing a cowgirl hat. Beyhive, we’re getting a country album!

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