Gwen Stefani has returned. Not the talented woman who performs country music with her boyfriend Blake Shelton as the coach of The Voice US. either not alone, anyway. Let Me Reintroduce Myself, the California star’s first single since 2016’s This Is What The Truth Feels Like, was debuted with a retro music video that resurrected Gwen from No Doubt, the confident, stylish, and strong woman we all aspired to be in the 1990s and the early 2000s.
The photos feature some of the singer’s most recognizable looks. She wears the blue dress with white polka dots from Don’t Speak again, as if it had only been a day, but it has actually been more than twenty years; she first dyes her hair blue and wears a plush bikini in the same color as she did on the red carpet of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards; she then dresses in bright pink, as she did during the time of the album Return of Saturn; she chooses to keep her platinum blonde hair in the same Raffaella Carrà style as in The Sweet Escape, and she transforms into Alice in Wonderland like she did when she performed in front of a crowd with Harajuku Girls during the What You Waiting For?
Unconventional, audacious, entertaining Gwen Stefani’s unique mash-up of dainty girl and tomboy, comprised of baggy pants, crop tops, mix-and-match designs, red lipstick, and a lot of attitude, has affected an entire generation and continues to inspire people who closely study her looks on Instagram and Tik Tok. She didn’t adopt fashions. She created fashion. She, like with other Riot girls of the day, subverted traditional notions of femininity by pursuing her own unique look and fusing influences as diverse as Mods, Old Hollywood glamour, hip hop, ska, and 80s punk. She played the part of a Jean Harlow style diva as well as the tough girl who didn’t have to give up glitter and lipstick to be believable, teaching us all that we could be whoever we wanted, even more than one girl at the same time. She dyed her hair with pop colors, played with jewel makeup, and showed up at the opening of Dior’s New York boutique showing not a perfect smile but her orthodontic braces as if they were the chicest of accessories.
The following list of Gwen Stefani’s ten most recognizable looks is based on TBT scenes from the most recent Let Me Reintroduce Myself video.