- Ariana Grande has been in the public eye since she was a 15-year-old Broadway star.
- Over time, her wardrobe has gone through numerous transformations.
- Grande has evolved from a youthful teen on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” to an edgy, fashion-forward pop star.
- See the ebbs and flows of her style evolution below.
Ariana Grande knows how to use fashion and style to define her brand.
Grande was cast in the Broadway show “13” at just 15 years old. She went on to star as the bubbly, youthful Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious.”
But in the years since, the 26-year-old pop star has created one of the most recognisable looks in the music industry. The “Thank U, Next” singer can often be seen sporting her now-iconic high ponytail, over-the-knee boots, mini skirts, and crop tops (or oversized sweatshirts in more casual environments).
See the ebbs and flows of Grande’s style evolution below, including some of her best and most memorable looks.
Grande went casual for her first red carpet appearance in 2008.
According to Refinery29, Grande joined the cast of “13” in January 2008 as a member of the ensemble. She eventually landed a named character role, Charlotte, and became a supporting member for the official Broadway run.
By the time she walked her second red carpet in July 2009, Grande had been cast on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious.”
Grande was required to dye her hair bright red for the role.
Bright red hair became her signature look.
The first season of “Victorious” began filming on October 5, 2009. When the pilot episode aired on Nickelodeon on March 27, 2010, the show quickly became a hit.
In her early days of solo performances, Grande favoured sparkly outfits and tutu skirts onstage.
“yayy!! just finished performing at the iPOP concert!”Grande wrote on Twitter in January 2010. “so much fun! i love you guys!!! post the videos laterr 🙂 yayyy!!! i love performing!”
She wore a white mini dress to the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards.
She wore a form-fitting, strapless mini dress at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
During this time, Grande’s wardrobe was filled with mini strapless dresses and shiny pumps.
She began to rock a sleek ponytail in the summer of 2010.
“I wear extensions but I wear it in a pony tail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down,” Grande told fans in 2014. “It’s all that works for now.”
Grande wore a one-shoulder mini dress at the 2011 Grammys.
The dress combined a drapey top with a ruched, body-con skirt.
Two months later, she wore a similar style at the 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards.
Once again, Grande’s outfit consisted of subtle earrings, a neutral-coloured mini dress, and peep toe heels.
She switched it up for the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” with a maxi dress and long hair.
Grande is a noted “Harry Potter” obsessive.
Grande combined different textures with a satin-and-feather dress in late 2011.
Grande released her debut single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” on December 12, 2011.
She accessorized with a small hair bow at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards.
“Victorious” won favourite TV show.
The pop star donned a matching two-piece outfit on September 15, 2012.
She accessorized with red lipstick and white sneakers.
Grande went back to brunette in late 2012.
“Victorious” was cancelled in August 2012.
Her hair was noticeably darker at the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.
“Victorious” won favourite TV show once again.
Grande wore a midi floral dress for her first-ever late-night TV performance.
She performed her single “The Way” with Mac Miller on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
She looked elegant in a floor-length, form-fitting dress at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Grande won the award for new artist of the year.
She continued to rock a curled, half-up-half-down hairstyle at the 2014 Grammys.
She presented an award onstage with fellow singer Miguel.
Grande wore a black dress and white boots to perform at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
She performed a medley of “The Way” and her newest single, “Problem.”
She embraced her new black-and-white aesthetic to perform at Wango Tango in 2014.
She performed her third single “Right There,” from her debut album “Yours Truly,” alongside Big Sean. The two began dating a few months later.
Grande donned an edgier look by Moschino at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
She won best pop video for “Problem.”
A matching mini skirt and crop top became her signature performance look in the second half of 2014.
She wore this holographic set to perform on NBC’s “Today.”
She wore cat ears onstage throughout her “My Everything” era, starting in late 2014.
She released her second studio album, “My Everything” on August 25, 2014.
For her “Saturday Night Live” debut, Grande wore two all-black outfits and cat ears.
It also may have been the night that she met her future fiancé,Pete Davidson.
She wore a black dress with geometric cut-outs at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Grande wore a futuristic bodysuit to perform her hit single “Break Free” at the awards show.
Grande posed with her then-boyfriend, Big Sean, in a white-and-silver gown at the 2015 Grammys.
She moved closer to her now-iconic style during her 2015 “Honeymoon Tour.”
Grande began to define her classic style with matching ensembles, winged eyeliner, over-the-knee boots, and a high ponytail.
She subtly debuted a new tattoo at the American Music Awards on November 22, 2015.
In the summer of 2015, Grande and her then-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez got “hi” inked on their toes.
Grande went for a classic red gown at the 2016 Grammys.
She topped the look with diamond accessories and heavy eye makeup.
The 22-year-old singer channeled Marilyn Monroe at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.
Grande’s satin pink Michael Costello gown and white fur shawl echoed Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” era was dominated by chokers and jackets falling off her shoulders.
She released her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman,” on May 20, 2016.
She looked cosy and expensive onstage at Wango Tango in 2016.
She wore a fluffy coat, beige heels, and a silver choker.
She returned to her sleek, high ponytail at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
Grande got bangs after she was cast on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!”
Grande played Penny Pingleton on the live TV event.
She worked her long ponytail at the 2016 VMAs.
She demonstrated her favourite red carpet poses in a video with “Access Hollywood.”
Later that night, she donned a retro white-and-pink outfit to perform her hit single “Side to Side.”
Grande took the stage with Nicki Minaj at the 2016 VMAs.
She wore sleeveless tops and baggy pants on on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
She wore a lacy top and white pants at the 2016 AMAs.
She won the award for artist of the year.
Grande wore a variety of edgy, trendy outfits during her 2017 “Dangerous Woman” tour.
Other looks included a floor-length leather gown and a baggy all-white tracksuit.
She wore an oversized sweatshirt and jeans for “One Love Manchester.”
She stepped out with platinum blonde hair on March 4, 2018.
She first teased the new hairstyle in April, on the cover art for her single “No Tears Left to Cry.” She also sported a variety of platinum blonde ponytails in the music video.
She rocked a purple ponytail during a surprise performance at Coachella in 2018.
She wore a matching purple set, beige boots, and a black fanny pack onstage during Kygo’s set.
“I look like a gumdrop,” she told Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018.
She announced the release of her album “Sweetener” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Grande channeled the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling at the 2018 Met Gala.
Grande dressed according to the theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination,” with a gown designed by Vera Wang.
Grande later revealed that her heavenly attire, which featured Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment,” was actually a hint about her upcoming single, “God Is a Woman.”
She wore another “gumdrop” dress and another oversized bow at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
She performed her newest single, “No Tears Left to Cry.”
She donned a futuristic outfit — and debuted her new engagement ring — at Wango Tango in 2018.
She had recently gotten engaged to Davidson, but the public didn’t know it yet.
Grande frequently stepped out in the summer of 2018 wearing oversized sweatshirts and over-the-knee boots.
Her current style also includes plenty of barettes and hair accessories.
She let her hair down and wore a shiny, silver mini dress at the 2018 VMAs.
Later that night, she wore a celestial bodysuit onstage to perform “God Is a Woman.”
She wore her own merchandise onstage for “The Sweetener Sessions.”
In a series of intimate performances to promote her newest album “Sweetener,” Grande wore oversized sweatshirts from her own merchandise collection.
Grande wore a lavender “loofah” dress to accept Billboard’s 2018 award for woman of the year.
“Loofah of the year,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the Christian Siriano bustier mini dress.
Grande’s colourful “Sweetener Tour” looks were custom-made by Versace.
“wow what a moment,” the “Thank U, Next” songstress wrote on Instagram, tagging the famed Italian designer. “thanks for making this lil Italian chick’s dreams come tru w all my custom looks. love u forever and am extraordinarily grateful.”
Each of Grande’s seven outfits adhere to the same formula: a mini skirt, a crop top, over-the-knee boots, and her high ponytail.
Law Roach, the celebrity stylist and Image Architect,told People magazine that he always uses those four elements to build Grande’s outfits. He stuck to the same formula to help create her “feminine and superpowerful” looks on the “Sweetener” tour.
“I always like to say if you put anyone behind a screen with a long pony, an A-line skirt, an over-the-knee boot, the first thing that comes to everybody’s mind is now Ariana Grande,” Roach told People. “I really do think that one of her ponytails will end up in the Smithsonian one day, that’s how iconic I believe that ponytail is.”