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SHE may have shot to her fame for her role in Coronation Street – but these days, Michelle Keegan is equally famous for her killer sense of style.
Last year, the star sent fans wild when she unveiled chicest EVER Very range.
Michelle Keegan sent fans earlier this month when she unveiled her new fashion range with Very with these sultry snaps
And let’s just say, Michelle‘s sultry ensembles were a far cry from the days when bodycon dresses were all the rage.
Here Fabulous Digital takes a look back at Michelle’s style evolution through the years – and the “secret messages” she sends with her flawless fashion choices.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, fashion expert Harriet Davey said Michelle was still finding her feet with her personal style back in 2010.
Michelle embraced the bodycon trend in 2010Credit: PA:Press Association
Fashion expert Harriet Davey says Michelle was still trying to forge her personal style in 2009Credit: Feature Flash
As Michelle adapted to life in the spotlight in the noughties, Harriet says Michelle was happy “experimenting” with the latest trends and trying them on for size.
Harriet said: “Michelle added hoop earrings to every outfit (the bigger the better!) and of course wore the staple bodycon dress and peep toe shoes combo.”
But this all changed when TOWIE’s Mark Wright in 2012.
Essex Girl makeover
Michelle and Mark went public with their romance at the British Soap Opera Awards in 2013Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Stockport star reportedly met her Essex leading man in late 2012 when they were both holidaying in Dubai.
The pair went public with their romance in May 2013 at the British Soap Awards – and Michelle looked super glamorous in a glistening champagne dress and a blow dry to match.
Commenting on Michelle’s TOWIE makeover, Harriet claims the star was trying to “fit in” among the Essex crowd after quitting Coronation Street.
She said: “When Michelle first got with Mark she fully embraced the Essex style and opted for big bouncy blow-dries and glam dresses.
The star had undergone a TOWIE makeoverCredit: PA:Press Association
Michelle could have been trying to ‘fit in’ with the TOWIE crowd, our expert saysCredit: Rex Features
“Often without realising when you get with a new partner you can dress to fit in with a new lifestyle or friendship group.
“Michelle embracing the glamorous outfits may have been to do with being around the TOWIE cast who always dress to impress.”
But after she married Mark in 2016, Michelle’s style changed significantly again.
Sophisticated and settled
Michelle’s style became more sophisticated as she felt ‘settled’ in her relationshipCredit: PA
The star is a huge fan of tailoringCredit: Splash News
As she settled into life as a married woman, Michelle turned to tailoring to mark this new chapter in her life.
And the timeless houndstooth suit she wore to the ITV Gala in 2016 was a real turning point for the actress – who was starring in Our Girl at the time.
Harriet said: “By this time the actor had been married for just over a year and had really settled into a new, sophisticated look.
“The hair was shorter with a cooler textured feel instead of perfectly styled which showed off her playful side too.”
In her comfort zone
When it comes to off-duty dressing, Michelle’s is always in her element when she’s around Mark.
Michelle’s ‘laid-back’ looks show how comfortable she is around MarkCredit: Splash News
Praising her “laid-back” looks, Harriet said: “Her off-duty outfits when she’s with Mark show how relaxed and comfortable she is.”
What’s more, the expert said “trusty basics” such as tracksuit bottoms, plain T-shirts and trainers are something the star comes back to in her day-to-day life.
Hit her stride
By 2018, Michelle had been in the public eye for 10 years and knew exactly what styles suited her.
Michelle grew in confidence with her 60s looksCredit: Instagram
Harriet says Michelle has found a foolproof fashion formula with 60s shapesCredit: Instagram
Rather than being a slave to trends, the star – who had bagged her first fashion range with Very – was confident enough to her winning formula of 60s shapes.
Harriet said: “She goes for trusty basics when she’s with Mark or not working and switches to sharp suits or fail-safe dresses for events.
“Confidence often grows as you get older and I can really see this with Michelle’s outfits.
“Michelle knows that elements from the 60s and 70s really suit her and often goes for knee-high boots, mini dresses layered over polo tops and works the baker boy hat during all seasons.”
Michelle and Mark’s styles have ‘merged’, according to our fashion expertCredit: Refer to Caption
Earlier this year, Michelle and Mark jetted off to Barbados for a romantic holiday – and Harriet says the star’s fashion choices hint that she’s “happier than ever”.
The couple shared a adorable photo of them wearing matching white shirts as they relaxed on the beach – which Harriet says not only highlights how comfortable they are together but demonstrates how they’re styles have “merged”.
She explained: “Often couples can end up twinning and this is exactly what Michelle and Mark have done on a recent holiday. They look pretty happy about their matching shirt situ and who can blame them when they look this great together?
“It’s just like when you go on a night with your best friend and unintentionally wear a similar outfit – when you’re close with someone you’ll often end up merging styles.”
Better than ever
The star called this knitted dress an ‘autumnal staple’Credit: Very.co.uk
Michelle’s love of 60s shapes has also made its way into the collection
Harriet said Michelle’s latest collection is more ‘striped back’ and matureCredit: Very.co.uk
Where Michelle’s previous Very collections have been full of floral prints and feminine silhouettes, Harriet says her most recent range is more “stripped back” than what we’ve seen before – and she’s looking better than ever.
Showing off her more “mature” collection, Michelle called the full-length black knitted dress an “autumn staple” as she modelled it in a new Instagram upload.
The range also consists of a 60s-style leather A-Line mini dress and knitted basics.
Harried added: “I can imagine Michelle is going to bring some more killer looks and continue to switch up her style while sticking to staples that she’s loved throughout the years.”
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