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30 Celebrities That Started Fashion Trends

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was a fashion icon, especially after Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Thanks to her, the little black dress became super trendy, especially when it was paired with a string or two of pearls. Hepburn also made cropped pants with ballet flats incredibly stylish, too. Talk about a trendsetter!

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Bob Marley got a lot of people into reggae, but he also began the fashion trend of wearing military outfits casually. His most iconic look features an M65 field jacket. On top of that, Marley loved Adidas. He owned a half dozen of their sneakers and wore their tracksuits almost all the time.  

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Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Few people have been as trendsetting as Diana Ross. Instead of creating a single trend, she revolutionized what women could wear all day and night. She always looked glamorous with big hair, diamonds, and tons of sparkle. She was never gaudy and always elegant. She did a great job of blurring the lines between evening and daywear, and that encouraged other women to do the same. 

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was known as a trendsetter during her time. When she wore something, people mimicked it. Being a fashion designer, she could literally start fashion trends from the ground up. Out of everything, Chanel popularized wearing belts with every outfit. She was also a huge proponent of two-toned shoes, which was pretty huge in the ’50s.

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani wasn’t the first person to wear punk wear during the ’90s, but she certainly popularized a few things. The first was white muscle tees. After No Doubt shot to the top of the charts, tons of women began wearing cropped white muscle tees. Another huge trend she revitalized was fishnet and camo.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was an idol that many women wanted to emulate. The trend she started was all glitz and glamor—diamonds. The most notable diamond she wore was the Krupp Diamond, a 33.19-carat diamond purchased for her by her husband, Richard Burton.  

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Joan Jett

Joan Jett

Joan Jett stepped on the scene, and every woman had to wear leather, whether it was a jacket, pants, boots, or just a belt. Much of this was thanks to her success in topping the charts. We have to admit that it’s a pretty rocker look! It proved that being a bombshell and bad-to-the-bone weren’t mutually exclusive.

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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung is a fashion author who’s most famous for her books It and it: Über Style. She’s become a fashion icon herself as she started the peter pan collar trend. After Alexa Chung, celebs all over the world began to wear peter pan collars, and who can blame them? Peter pan collars are a classic.

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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello was a hipster before hipsters were even a thing. Nowadays, his style is what many people emulate—namely, his coke-bottle glasses. Now, the frames are called Costello frames (by those who remember him). Of course, coke bottle glasses are nothing without his signature blazers and skinny jeans.  

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Back in the early 2000s, Britney Spears stepped out in a newsboy cap. With her face being plastered all over magazines, it took mere weeks for newsboy caps to sweep the nation. Granted, it was mostly younger girls who loved the trend, but it stuck around for a few years. That is, until Britney moved onto something new.  

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Andre 3000

Andre 3000

Whether you want to call it retro-pop or nerd chic, Andre 3000 started it. In fact, his fashion is what makes him stand out so much. He manages to look like that without losing any street cred! Andre brought a gentlemanly look to hip-hop thanks to his button-down shirt, trousers, tie, and suspenders. Guys quickly began to emulate him, even artists today like Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Kanye, and more.

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Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie O is a woman to admire! Among her accomplishments, she was also a style icon. Out of every trend she started, none was more impactful than her pillbox hat. It was the hat she wore to her husband’s inauguration, and it became just as famous as Camilla’s hat at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding. Soon, the pillbox hat began to fly off store shelves.  

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Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn

One of the most daring things about Katherine Hepburn was her pants. Her fashion is what made so many people interested in her. On top of that, her menswear fashion statement started a trend. Later on, Diane Keaton would revive the trend, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Thank you, Katherine Hepburn!

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Madonna

Madonna

Cone bras, or bullet bras, were huge in the ’40s and ’50s, but they disappeared once the ’60s came along. They would have stayed gone if it wasn’t for Madonna! Madonna’s cone bra was so impactful in music that it became an icon of the early ’90s. The cone bra then began to show up throughout history, including Lada Gaga at the 20009 Much Music Awards.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Nowadays, girls want to look like Marilyn Monroe, and she’s most remembered for her white dress and red lipstick. Marilyn believed that adding red to anything made it better, and we have to whole-heartedly agree. There’s something about red lipstick that makes an outfit sophisticated, classy, and sexy.

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Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Ah, Flashdance. After the 1983 movie blew up in popularity, fashionistas had to don off-the-shoulder sweats and leg warmers. Olivia Newton-John may have donned the outfit before, but the fitness wear really didn’t make its way into mainstream fashion until Beals appeared in “I’m Glad.”  

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Blake Lively may not be as huge as some of the other stars on this list, but she definitely started a trend. Recently, her debuts on the red carpet have her in a suit. Women’s suits fell out of fashion, but after she began wearing them, they popped up again. Now, we’re seeing them on the streets—all thanks to her!

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim K has always been a huge trendsetter. Anything she does or says is emulated. Over the years, she’s started a lot of fashion trends, but none have been as big as her nude clothing and bike shorts trend. Thanks to her, we’ve had to take double looks at people just to make sure they’re wearing something. The bike short trend is something we hate, but hey, some people like it.  

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Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is a powerhouse of music and fashion. One huge trend she lit a fire under is gothic romance. You might ask, “What is gothic romance?” Flowing chiffon, lace, velvet, platforms, dark colors, and lots of accessories—that’s what gothic romance is. Stevie Nicks not only started a trend but an entire genre of fashion.

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Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate Moss is one of the most popular models to date. Along with wearing stunning fashion, she’s also been known to restart trends that were once considered dead. For example, leopard print coats? She totally brought that back, and now, leopard has been “in” for a couple of years. We don’t see the trend going away, either.

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Easy-E

Easy-E

Pretty much everyone wears snapbacks now, but before Kanye, we had Easy-E. He had some serious swag and started more trends than we can count. With his snapback trends, he also popularized West Coast streetwear. Gold chains were also a thing, but it’s hard to pin down exactly who started this trend.

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Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth is known for her fashion sense. Every time paparazzi catch up with her, she’s always wearing studded ankle boots. She was one of the first celebs spotted wearing Chloe’s red studded “Susan” ankle boot. Soon afterward, they sold out. Now, Bosworth constantly wears studded ankle boots. We particularly love this black pair. 

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Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton

The 1960s were full of fashion icons, including the famous Jean Shrimpton. When she wore a mini-dress, she stirred up a lot of controversy, but she also created history. After she shortened her hemlines, other women followed, and mini-skirts and dresses became an icon of the ’60s.  

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Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was an amazingly fantastic musician, but he was more than that. He was also a fashion icon. Which trend did he start? Jeans, flannel, and thrift store sweaters. This became his iconic look, and even now, it’s still popular. Cobain basically solidified modern soft grunge. Since then, no one has made this outfit combo look so effortless.

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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

On to another ’60s fashion icon—Mary Tyler Moore. We couldn’t list trendsetters without naming the woman that popularized pants. Her capris made headlines, and we’ll never forget it. Appearing on the Dick Van Dyke Show, she inspired women all over the United States to skip the dress and don some pants.  

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been popular since the ’90s, and few know how to market themselves as well as these two. Being trendsetters since they were little, these two are back at it again with bobo-hobo. We’re talking oversized clothing, floor-length jackets, and giant shades.

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Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith

Some films define a generation, and one of those was Working Girl. After Melanie Griffith appeared on the film, shoulder pads began to pop up more and more. Eventually, shoulder pads became an icon of the ’80s. Since shoulder pads are coming back (albeit smaller than the ’80s), we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Griffith.  

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Before Snoop Dogg, flip flops with socks were considered a fashion faux pas. Then, he started his Instagram account and was rarely spotted without the combo. Now, socks with flip flops are a casual fashion trend that tons of people are taking a part of. Of course, Snoop Dogg would be the one to start this one!

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Kanye West

Kanye West

This trend may have been dumb, but there’s no doubt that Kanye West’s shutter shades were a thing. They weren’t very good at shielding the sun, so we’re not sure why they got popular, to be honest. Thankfully, the trend died as quickly as it began.  

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Milli Vanilli

Milli Vanilli

Okay, you got us. Milli Vanilli is a “group” that technically consists of two people, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t start a fashion trend. The two names are synonymous with each other, and the pair together brought bike shorts from the brink of death. Before Kim K was even a thought, these two were rarely caught without their signature look.

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