She started out as a teenage detective and ended up a princess. And like her TV and film personas, Kristen Bell has had quite the style transformation!
From Veronica Mars to Princess Anna (and beyond), the actress has been delighting us with her chic red carpet looks for years. A little over a decade ago, she mostly played it sweet and safe with prom-glam outfits. Then her hemlines started rising and her necklines started dipping. She got bolder and more elegant and before we knew it, we had a new style star in our midst!
We’ve loved seeing Kristen’s transformation from sweet to sophisticated to downright glam and sexy. Keep reading to see more of her style.
Written by Fatima Araos for StyleBistro.
Kristen wowed on the red carpet of the People’s Choice Awards in 2005 in a red deep v-cut dress and intricate up-d0.
Kristin Bell paired a gold strapless tea length dress with shiny gold heels for the CW Network Summer TCA Party.
Kristen shimmered in an ice-mauve cocktail dress at the Fine Romance event. Basic black pumps completed her outfit.
Kristen donned a heavily ruffled one-shoulder top for the Monique Lhuillier Salon opening. She balanced out her frilly blouse with a simple black skirt.
Kristen looked sophisticated in a purple shift dress with a ruffled hem at the Frederick’s of Hollywood Spring 2008 collection debut. A pair of animal-print peep-toes added some wild appeal.
Kristen went tropical-glam in a strapless maxi dress by Jenni Kayne for the premiere of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She finished off her look with a messy updo.
Kristen channeled Barbie in a strapless magenta mini dress for the 2008 ESPY Awards. A gold clutch, a statement necklace, and a choppy ‘do topped off her look.
Kristen caught eyes in a red Etro halter gown with a black belt at the 2009 InStyle/Warner Bros. Golden Globe party. She styled her dress with a diamond drop necklace.
Kristen got dolled up in a strapless Marchesa dress with baby-blue chiffon detailing for the premiere of Couples Retreat. She paired her frock with silver Louboutin peep-toes.
Kristen looked sassy in a silver bandeau top and mini skirt combo at the 2009 American Music Awards. Messy locks amped up the edgy-sexy vibe.
Kristen rocked a choker-detail maxi dress by Etro at the 2010 Grammys. Loose tresses topped off her look.
Kristen went for all-out sparkle in a beaded gold dress by Stella McCartney at the 2010 Costume Designers Guild Awards. She matched her frock with bronze peep-toes.
Kristen oozed elegance wearing this draped red one-shoulder dress by Lela Rose at the Artists for Peace and Justice event. Classic center-parted waves capped off her look.
Kristen looked perfectly sweet in a dusty-lilac mini dress by Alberta Ferretti at the Backstage at the Geffen Gala. She paired her dress with strappy nude peep-toes.
Kristen wore a figure-hugging bandage-style Herve Leger dress with neutral heels to the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Kristen was a work of art in a tiered, ruffled strapless gown by Diane von Furstenberg at the 2010 Met Gala. A rainbow-hued chain bracelet added a subtle pop of color.
Kristen looked fetching in a lace-panel strapless dress by Valentino at the premiere of You Again. She contrasted her dainty dress with an edgy studded clutch.
Kristen was a golden goddess in a Tory Burch one-shoulder gown at the 2011 Met Gala. Her wavy updo amped up the elegance.
Kristen looked ethereal in a white one-shoulder gown by Dior at the 2011 UNICEF Ball. A metallic clutch and tassel earrings polished off her outfit.
Kristen chose a red leather and lace dress by Valentino for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. She styled her look with Christian Louboutin cap-toe pumps.
Kristen looked divine in an orange halter gown by Tommy Hilfiger at the 2012 Met Gala. Her metallic gold clutch worked beautifully with her dress.
Kristen kicked off hosting duties at the 2012 CMT Music Awards in a stunning Reem Acra gown.
Kristen wore a striking black jumpsuit to the “Hit and Run” premiere in August 2012. Kristen starred alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold in the film her then-fiance wrote and co-directed.
Kristen looked polished in this belted blazer and boots for a dressed down red-carpet look during fall 2012.
Kristen made a magnificent choice with this beaded empire gown by Jenny Packham for the 2013 Golden Globes. This looked perfect for her growing baby bump.
Kristen gave us bondage vibes with this harness-detailed column dress at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. We loved seeing this edgy-sexy side of the actress!
Kristen looked breathtaking in a strapless fishtail gown by Roberto Cavalli at the 2014 Oscars. What a gorgeous silhouette and texture!
Kristen’s post-Oscar look was just as stunning! This deep-V red gown was by Zuhair Murad.
Kristen went ultra feminine in a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress that featured a layered organza skirt at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. Silver Louboutin pumps finished off her look.
Kristen made us swoon with this strapless ice-blue dress by Reem Acra at the premiere of The Boss. This was sexy yet oh-so-elegant at once!
Kristen donned a floral princess gown by Zuhair Murad Couture for the 2016 Emmys. She looked absolutely stunning!
Kristen was the epitome of glamour at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. This sequined Jenny Packham gown, diamond jewelry and her hair in loose waves really knocked it out of the park.
Kristen looked radiant in a metallic pink strapless gown by Maria Lucia Hohan at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala. She paired her dress with a perspex box clutch by Charlotte Olympia.
Kristen was perfectly posh in this Michael Kors Collection gown for the “Bad Moms Christmas” premiere.
Kristen kept it fun yet glam at the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala in a pastel-blue Vika Gazinskaya gown with butterfly sleeves. She topped off her look with a messy updo.
Kristen looked like a princess in a strapless fuchsia ball gown by J. Mendel at the 2018 SAG Awards. She matched her dress with a faceted clutch by Judith Leiber.
Kristen was all about goth glamour in a plunging black ball gown by Yanina Couture while posing at the SAG Awards press room. Dangling emerald earrings and a matching ring finished off her ensemble.
Kristen was adorably on-trend in this skirt and blouse combo from Kiwi designer Emily Wickstead (Kate Middleton is among her fans) for Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards.
Kristen looked sizzling-hot in a mesh-panel mini dress by Julien Macdonald at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. She coordinated her frock with black and gold pumps by Charlotte Olympia.
Kristen looked chic at the 7th Annual Women Making History Awards where she was honored for her activism on behalf of women’s equality.
Kristen went with a simple, stunning look for the 70th Emmy Awards. On a red carpet where it’s common for actresses to wear gowns that cost thousands, Kristen’s Solace London gown retails for just $530.