Behold Gwyneth. Even her name is gorgeous and makes you feel more sophisticated when you speak it. I’ve always thought she was one of those actresses that made me really proud when she speaks in interviews and you hear her beautifully American voice- that she can recite Shakespeare in such an eloquent British accent without actually being European. InStyle‘s most recent anniversary cover girl has the undeniable chicness that most people associate with Europe, but she also possesses that adorable, American girl next door quality.

In honor of Gwyneth’s recent foray into the music world, with her dazzling singing on Glee and her new movie with Tim McGraw, I’d like to take a leisurely look back at her fabulous fashion choices.

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Of course, perhaps her most famous fashion moment came way back in 1998 when she won the Best Actress Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love at the tender age of 26. Sure, we’ll all be able to do that a few years from now. This delicious pink Ralph Lauren creation ensured her place atop fashion’s princess throne forever.

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Here, at the 2010 CFDA Awards, Gwyneth shines in a Michael Kors, standing next to the designer himself. Her Fred Leighton jewels only add to her effortless and elegant style. Gwyneth has always been able to rub elbows with royalty of the acting and fashion industries ever since a young age.

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She’s Stella McCartney’s best friend for crying out loud! Gwyneth exudes sexy confidence while modeling this nude silk and voile gown at the 2005 Academy Awards.

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Of course, Mrs. Chris Martin also encapsulates the effortless,  “America’s Sweetheart” look off the red carpet as well. She rocks casual in this simple black button down at a Calvin Klein fashion show in 2002. Her wavy hair brings that moment of “I just naturally look this divine” that makes Gwyneth so relatable. In a Oscar winning movie star sort of way.

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For those of you who didn’t experience Gwyneth’s character Holly Holiday (yes, that was really her name) belt out “Forget You” in a way that made everyone forget who Cee-Lo even was or what the actual lyrics ever were, here is a shot of her “singing in the rain” (spectacular ending scene spoiler alert) with Matthew Morrison, aka yummy Mr. Schu. She’s almost 40. It should be illegal to look this good in black leather.

So pop in your Shakespeare in Love or Emma or Sylvia (I swear, she’s really not British!) and enjoy a healthy dose of GOOP. Or just sit back and enjoy the style icon and the wonder that is Gwyneth. That should hold you over until her majestic performance (she sings again, yay!) in the upcoming Country Strong.

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