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Once we might have mocked Angelina Jolie’s gothic getups and eccentric accessories. Mock no more. The Oscar-winning actress and United Nations spokesperson has matured — and so have her style choices.

1. January 2005

Wearing a black car coat piped in white and paired with patent boots, Angelina demonstrates that the laws of ladylike dressing are not Greek to her. At the London premiere of
Alexander (in which she plays queen mother to the princely Alexander), Angelina channels royalty and reigns supreme.

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2. March 2005

At a luncheon in support of
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina shows her softer side in a
silky scarf of a dress. Flirty and floaty, the dress has a bohemian spirit that suits a gypsy soul. World class.

3. June 2005

Tough chic. Wearing head-to-toe leather — without looking like a) a biker, b) Cher, or c) Darth Vader’s mother — requires some finesse. Angelina carries it off, helped along by a mermaid flounce and
girlish waves in her hair.

4. September 2005

Proving her style mettle, Angelina sports silver — the season’s new gold — to a New York screening of
Peace One Day. The sleeves: sweetly capped. The skirt: modestly knee-length. The effect: show stopping. The lesson: if you’ve got it, it’s not necessary to flaunt it.

5. October 2005

Ms. Jolie, take a bow. Attending the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Gala, Angelina wears a long, cool flute of a dress. Who needs bubbly? This champagne-coloured concoction is utterly intoxicating. Just ask Brad. Sequin pinstripes add sophistication to tie up total style savvy.

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