Charli XCX’s Style Evolution, From 2013 to Now

Charli XCX is one of modern pop music’s most versatile and inventive artists, and her sense of style reflects exactly that. 

And just like her music, the Essex native’s fashion taste has only evolved through the years. Between her breakthrough days with the Billboard Hot 100 hits “I Love It” (with Icona Pop), “Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea) and “Boom Clap” and her more experimental phases with taste-making albums Crash and Brat, fans have seen the singer rock edgy-but-preppy schoolgirl looks, glamorous red-carpet gowns, colorful, textured jumpsuits, bold bikinis and nearly everything else in between at her concerts and other public outings over the course of her career. 

Known for riding at the helm of Internet culture’s ever-changing “cool girl” aesthetic, the singer-songwriter is also famous for setting and improving upon visual trends across the pop music space. If you ever come across another star whose outfit, album cover or Instagram feed looks effortlessly fierce, there’s a high chance that Charli did it first. 

“I like to express the way I feel through my clothes, but also, it’s not that big of a deal,” the English musician told Elle of her relationship with fashion in a 2023 interview. “I am who I am, whether I’m wearing a floor-length dress on a red carpet or some skimpy, tiny skirt.” 

With her instantly recognizable mane of black curls, piercing gaze and fearless attitude, Charli is bound to go down as one of her generation’s most defining style icons. Keep reading to see a collection of her most noteworthy looks, from 2013 to now, below.