Cheryl Cole has been making strong style statements ever since she found fame on Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002.
Then, going by the name Cheryl Tweedy, the Girls Aloud singer favoured low-slung jeans and flirty little dresses. She was even known to accessorise her looks with bandanas and chunky belts.
Her ensembles became a little more daring in 2004 when she started dating Ashley Cole. She was seen wearing many saucy outfits that showed off her incredibly taut abs. Can you blame her?!
In July 2006 Cheryl married the footballer and proudly took his surname. In the years that followed she was known for her sassy WAG uniform of form-fitting bodycon dresses and tiny shorts that she’d often style with revealing sweaters.
Cheryl started to experiment with different textures too – she was spotted wearing sparkling sequins and sleek metallic pieces on a number of occasions.
The Geordie star really upped her fashion game after she bagged a spot on The X Factor judging panel alongside show boss Simon Cowell. She wowed the nation with her wardrobe choices week in, week out for a few years. Along with Cheryl’s outfits, here are 14 other moments that explain why X Factor was once our favourite show. Sigh.
Of course, no look back at Cheryl’s transformation would be complete without a mention of the striking outfit she donned to appear on The X Factor US back in 2011. With a Barbarella-inspired bouffant, Cheryl made her boldest move yet when she stepped out for the LA auditions in purple high-waisted trousers, bright blue belt and an orange ruffled top.
Now known as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, the singer scored two style hits while hitting Cannes in May 2015, firstly in a 60s-inspired mini and then in a dusky pink gown, and 2016 has been no exception in the style stakes.
She may not be back on The X Factor wrangling Simon Cowell, but she is back to her original moniker, ‘Cheryl’, and has been seen out and about wearing some of the new seasons hottest looks, including a knockout look at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 look which was fresh off the Naeem Khan catwalk.
But most recently, in November 2016, Cheryl finally confirmed what the world had long suspected was true: she and boyfriend Liam Payne were expecting their first child.
After what felt like months of keeping us all on the edge of our seats as to whether she was or wasn’t expecting her first child, Cheryl put the rumour mill to rest once and for all and stepped out with boyfriend Liam Payne at the Fayre of St James Christmas Concert in London, with a baby bump. Congrats guys!
Whilst it is unknown when the happy couple will be expecting their new arrival, it’ll no doubt be early 2017. Cheryl, meanwhile, debuted her baby bump in a fitted green jumper dress and smart tailored black coat.
Cheryl changed-up her look for the second round of London X Factor auditons and went for this ultra-chic printed A-line frock from Miu Miu, adding extra cool points to her look with some matching pink heels.
Cheryl wore her infamous brunette locks pulled back in a neat ponytail, choosing this oversized white blazer dress for the occasion, and adding a much-needed shot of colour with a pair of sky high red strappy sandals.
Cheryl looked distinctly bridal as she arrived at the launch of new fragrance Storm Flower in 2014. The newly-christened Mrs Fernandez-Versini wore a flowing blush Zuhair Murad gown, complete with sparkling sequins and sweatheart neckline. The only bit we’d leave out for real-life nuptials? The thigh-high split.
We know Cheryl doesn’t mean to do it, but with her beaming beauty and top-notch style choices, she consistently and unwittingly manages to hog the limelight. The pop princess was the centre of attention yet again at number 10 Downing Street when the Comic Relief Mount Kilimanjaro climbers met Gordon Brown last night. And with her ivory lace Alexander McQueen dress, Rupert Sanderson tan heels and Kenneth Jay Lane coral drop earrings, it was no wonder the Prime Minister chose to stand next to her. (13 March 2009)
Cheryl Cole kicked off the first round of X Factor auditions this weekend in a crowd-pleasing, bow-embellished purple miniskirt and structured pinstripe shirt. She finished the look with a pretty necklace, black courts and a mega-watt grin. Gorgeous. (6 July 2009)
Cheryl attended the Music Industry Trust Awards 2008 with the rest of her Girls Aloud bandmates, but it was the gorgeous Geordie who really stood out in a grey and black PPQ spring 2009 dress and Kurt Geiger heels. Lovin’ the red belt, Cheryl! (3 November 2008)
Cheryl proved that just because you’re not over 5ft, 8in doesn’t mean you can’t look fantastic on the runway when she hit the catwalk at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief event in a gorgeous Balmain spring 2008 fuchsia mini. (17 September 2008)
While starring as a judge on The X Factor in 2008, Cheryl showcased a series of itsy-bitsy minidresses in vivid, look-at-me colours. We love this tulip-shaped offering from Krystof Strozyna autumn 2008. (25 October 2008)
The X Factor judge Cheryl managed to totally outshine Britney Spears when the popstrel flew in for a special appearance on the show in 2008. Her secret style weapon? That gorgeous Tibi spring 2009 must-have mini. (29 November 2009)
On her 25th birthday, Cheryl opted for a number of looks, including this sailor-inspired style. The Girl Aloud donned a navy-trimmed blazer, a stripy tee, skintight jeans and a lovely pair of blue heels. She topped off the look with oversized red shades. Cool ‘n’ cute. (30 June 2008)