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Rachel McAdams first captured our cold, sarcastic hearts as Regina George in the 2004 masterpiece Mean Girls--and only months later as Allie in The Notebook. Eleven years and countless rom-com roles later, she’s doubling up yet again with HBO’s True Detective and today’s opening of Southpaw.

But it’s not just her acting roles that have grown up. See some of her best, not-so-best and ever-changing looks from over the years.

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At the premiere of “Mean Girls” (2004)

A skin-tight sheath and patent-leather sling-backs make McAdams looks years older than the high school student she plays in the film. (Well, she was in fact 25.)

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At the MTV Movie Awards (2005)

We can’t necessarily support the boot-cut jeans and bustier, but we do support rewatching this Gosling-kissing clip as many times as you need.

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At the Hollywood Film Awards (2005)

Keep in mind this was the era of the wide belt. It probably made more sense at the time.

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At the Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)

Pink streaks and a shapeless mini usher in a fairly edgy period in McAdams’s style history.

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At the premiere of “Che” (2008)


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At the premiere of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009)

Slightly more concerned about a shoulder-pad (not nip) slip.

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At the premiere of “Sherlock Holmes” (2009)

Ah, that’s better.

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At the premiere of “Morning Glory” (2010)

Ohhhh, ruched gunmetal. We may have spoken too soon.

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At the Academy Awards (2010)

Is the dress groundbreaking? Nope. Is she now looking like a radiant movie star? Uh-huh. Seems we’re back on track.

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At the premiere of “Sleeping Beauty” (2011)

A body built for a high-waisted pant.

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At the premiere of “Midnight in Paris” (2011)

Serving full-on glamour at Cannes in a red, lacy and tastefully sheer Marchesa.

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At the Toronto International Film Festival (2012)

Not hating this jumpsuit phase. (Read: adoring this jumpsuit phase.)

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At the premiere of “About Time” (2013)

Well, this is cool and vaguely intergalactic.

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At the NYC premiere of “Southpaw” (2015)

And here we are today--McAdams employing a fresh, modern way of showing off her signature shoulders. (Also heyyy, Nudist sandal.)

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At an L.A. screening of “Southpaw” (2015)

But we can’t leave without mentioning that this Zuhair Murad frock may or may not have a permanent place in our closet dreams.

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