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Monochromatic Pantsuits to Bright Cocktail Dresses: Chelsea Clinton's Style Evolution

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As the daughter of a President and a presidential hopeful, Clinton has spent most of her life in the spotlight. Ahead of her speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight, we take a look back at how her style has evolved from neutral blazers to bold, patterned ensembles.

Since 1992, when her dad won the election to become the 42nd President of the United States, Chelsea Clinton has been in the spotlight.

America watched her grow from curly-headed pre-teen to sophisticated Stanford graduate to successful author and activist, and saw her style evolve along the way. Though she ran with a cool crowd in her younger days (Courtney Love and Madonna included), Bill and Hillary's only child opted for conservative, neutral looks — often monochromatic pantsuits in shades of steel gray, black or brown. But as her confidence grew, so did her experimentation with fashion. 

In 2008, when her mom embarked on her first presidential campaign, Clinton began to wear more color and far fewer pantsuits, often choosing knee-length cocktail or sheath dresses instead of her go-to tailored blazers. Nowadays, the 36-year-old can be found wearing plenty of patterns in bold shades of orange, royal blue or emerald green, a move that appears to be borrowed from the Michelle Obama playbook.

We'll have to wait to see whether the former First Daughter decides make like Obama and wear a more muted, low-key look for her speech at this evening's convention — after all, her mom is the true star of the show tonight.

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