Nicole Richie leathered up a lot this year [Rex]
Long gone are the paisley maxi dresses, trinket necklaces and furry gilets of Nicole Richie’s former fashion life. For 2013 this style maven – and successful designer – flipped her wardrobe upside down and into a much sleeker realm. Tomboy replaced hippy as her modus operandi: leather trousers and boyish brogues were in the place of flared jeans and stacked platforms. When it came to the red carpet, Nicole played up to the new proportions of golden bob, using it as a razor sharp starting point for monochrome suiting or rock-chick glitzy dresses.
A particularly high point for Miss Richie was across the summer, when she holidayed in the Cote D’Azur. From the Issa jersey-draped zebra gown with a plunging neckline to her enviably simple concoction of a cornflower blue bikini crop top (from a label Made by Dawn that the Grazia fashion team are now more than a bit obsessed with) and denim shorts proved that pared back is the new fashion forward.
It’s hard to imagine the Nicole Richie we first encountered during her years with former super-pal Paris Hilton in The Simple Life – we don’t think you’ll ever catch this style maven in a velour tracksuit or pink boob tube again. The Hollywood girl’s naughty sense of humour remains in tact, but there’s nothing silly about her Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Balmain-stuffed wardrobe. We can’t wait to see what fashion moves she makes in 2014.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some of Nicole’s best looks from the year >>