Mandy Moore was just 15 years old when she released her first pop single ‘Candy’ in 1999. Twenty-one years later and we have to admit, she’s still like sugar to our heart. Just like her musical style, Moore’s sartorial choices have evolved over the years from the typical pop star uniform (think: low-rise jeans with blazers or flowy tops) to a more sophisticated penchant for elevated and tailored basics. Of course, more recently she couldn’t help but add a dose of Rebecca Pearson-inspired ‘70s style to her repertoire, but we’re getting ahead of ourself. Now, let’s take a little trip down memory lane to see just how the 36-year-old performer’s style has transformed over the years.
Mandy Moore’s Style Transformation: From Delia*s Butterfly Tops to Schiaparelli Gowns
2001: Moore’s Acting Debut
OK, so the pop star’s first acting gig was actually a voiceover for Dr. Dolittle 2 with Eddie Murphy. But who could ever forget her turn as Lana Thomas, popular cheerleader and enemy to the one and only Princess Mia Thermopolis. Unfortunately for Moore, we’d say Hathaway’s strapless dress was probably more movie premiere appropriate than her super light-wash jeans and platform loafers.
2002: A Walk (and Belt) To Remember
The early 2000’s were a confusing time in fashion for just about everyone. For instance, we all thought cinching a billowing mini dress with a belt around our hips (rather than at the natural waist) was the most flattering way to go. What a time.
2005: Bermuda Shorts
Moore actually sported versions of this look—Bermuda shorts, platform sandals and a long-sleeve top—from 2004 through 2007, some better than others. But we actually kind of dig the neutral safari hues and easy proportions of this particular variation. No comment on the belt though…
2009: Studded Vest
Ah, 2009. The year when punk rock served to inspire the wardrobes of lots of celebs—Moore included. All she’s missing is a fringed scarf to go with her band tee, studded vest and dark wash skinny jeans.
2010: Grown-up Disney
After taking a break from music, Moore starred as everyone’s favorite frying pan-wielding princess in Disney’s Tangled with Zachary Levi. And while the bright magenta hue and full A-line skirt of this red-carpet mini certainly gives off some Rapunzel vibes, the one-shoulder neckline and architecturally draped bodice give it a more fashion-forward feel.
2017: A Caped Gown
Let the caping continue! Moore chose this gorgeous low-cut gown for the 2017 Golden Globes for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film. (She, unfortunately, lost out to Olivia Colman for The Night Manager.)
2019: A Hollywood Walk Of Fame To Remember
Eight albums and more than 30 acting credits later, Moore finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What should one wear to such a momentous occasion? We think the superstar’s burgundy pumps and vaguely retro pleated frock were a classic and gorgeous choice.
2019: Pink And Red, Again
This is actually the third red carpet that saw Moore in this bold color combo, through this time she wasn’t the only one. In fact, at least four other attendees rocked pink and red to the Emmy’s that year.
2020: Baby’s First Award Show
Moore announced earlier this year that she and husband, Taylor Goldsmith, are pregnant with their first child. And while we’ve only been able to glimpse a peek of her pregnancy style here and there, we adore the simple elegance of this Brandon Maxwell column gown with those bold blue earrings.