Vanessa Hudgens has come a long way since her High School Musical days of dating Zac Efron, to being a Spring Breaker and showing off her acting chops on Broadway. Her style has significantly evolved in tandem with her career, from wearing headbands and bell bottoms to being a street style star in her own right.
Here she is in her early-2000's glory, just at the start of the High School Musical saga. This mere teenager looks every part the Disney Channel Star in her cringe-inducing layered rhinestone tee and oversize headband. They were dark times.
At the MTV Movie Awards, Vanessa looks a little more grown up in a gown, but still making some questionable choices when it comes to accessorizing. That floral halter and that belt are just sooo 2000's.
Two years later, at the MTV Movie Awards, Vanessa looks a little less sugary sweet as she experiments with bangs, darker hair, and a sexier silhouette. I think the apricot works on her bronze skin, but the hair (read: bangs) was not her best look.
At the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscars party, Vanessa Hudgens was still dating Zac Efron, and hadn't yet fully come into her own style. Wearing Jenny Packham, she looked amazing, but her hair and makeup still screamed stuck in the aughts.
Finally breaking out of her safe styling mold, Vanessa looked beautiful wearing Temperley London at the Spring Breakers Premiere in Venice. The plunging neck and intricate beading were a little more fashion forward than she's worn before.
Vanessa took a major fashion risk at the YouTube Music Awards, in this decorative gown that covered her svelte frame from head-to-toe. Her classic hair and makeup kept the look glamorous, and I applaud her for stepping out of the plunging neck monochrome gown look.
At the Young Hollywood Awards, for which she won the trendsetter of the year award, Vanessa looked trendy and adorable. I loved the bob on her, with just a touch of ombré, and it so nicely showed off her toned shoulders. The crop top and high-waisted maxi skirt combo is fashion-forward and flattering, but the denim and color palette keep it fairly casual.
At the CFDA Fashion Awards, wearing Sachin & Babi and looking beyond sophisticated, Vanessa is all grown up. She wears different silhouettes and tries the not-too-obviously sexy approach to styling herself (hello, hair pulled tightly back), and fashion rewards her for it.
Street style today
Today, Vanessa is a street style maven who can't seem to dodge the paparazzi. Her everyday wear is trendy and sexy, with just the right accessorizing and styling.
I can safely say I've gone from laughing at Zanessa to drooling over Vanessa's fashion-forward outfits, every time the camera catches her.