Christina Applegate turns 50: See the wildest and most wonderfully retro looks from early in her career

Happy 50th birthday, Christina Applegate! The “Dead to Me” actress turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 25, 2021. There’s no disputing that the blonde bombshell epitomizes ’90s cool-girl style. So in honor of her latest trip around the sun and all of those trends coming back around again, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at all our favorite vintage pics of the “Married… With Children” starlet. First, here she is at the premiere of “Mars Attacks” in 1996 rocking a plush orange velvet minidress and matching green minibag with strappy crystal sandals. If this looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on many a hip millennial right now!

Without further ado, keep reading for a Viva la Christina show…

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No, that’s not Mayim Bialik on “Blossom.” It’s Christina Applegate in a purple velvet floral-embellished hat — and some serious curling-iron ringlets — in 1993.

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For the California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Project Los Angeles benefit dinner and fashion show in 1994, Christina Applegate rocked an Aztec-print dress with a black velvet jacket. The goth lip makes this look the perfect snapshot of the ’90s.

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We bet you wouldn’t catch Christina Applegate in a minidress covered in colorful umbrellas — or a pair of pink scrunch socks peeking out of black high-top sneakers — today, but she sure could pull it off circa 1990.

In 1993, Christina Applegate wore a quintessentially ’90s hat with her menswear-inspired ensemble to a fitness video release party. We appreciate her au naturel makeup and academic specs that made this a casual red carpet moment.

Christina Applegate’s sleeves were just as dramatic as her expression during this 1993 portrait session in Los Angeles.

For a 1998 Emmy Awards afterparty, Christina Applegate chose a pale green frock with embroidered appliqués. We approve!

Christina Applegate flaunted her midriff at the TV Guide Awards in Los Angeles in 1999. Simple, black, sexy — and so could be worn now in 2021.

Here’s our girl pretty in purple at the First Annual Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards in the year 2000. Just wait, those gauzy shawls Christina Applegate is toting will be coming back in style soon enough!

The year she scored a best actress nomination at the 1999 Golden Globes for her performance on the sitcom “Jesse,” Christina Applegate wore a pink satin dress that cascaded into a skirt covered in leafy floral beading. A matching shrug and delicate choker topped off the look.

Christina Applegate looked slick in red sequins at the 1999 Emmy Awards.

Kelly Bundy would be proud! Christina Applegate looked incredibly cool in a black miniskirt, a low-slung belt, a cropped double-breasted blazer and an ankh pendant necklace during a portrait session in Los Angeles in 1989 — just two years after she began starring on the hit sitcom “Married… with Children.”

A beaming and very blonde Christina Applegate rocked a bohemian peasant look for a screening of “Cracked Up” in 1987.

At the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989, Christina Applegate went for a classically chic look that was nothing short of stunning. Major Old Hollywood vibes here!

In 1989 at City of Hope’s Third Annual Halloween for Hope Benefit, Christina Applegate wore a long-sleeved flowy lavender dress that looks straight out of a 2021 fashion ad.

Christina Applegate was in high floral spirits when she attended the Fourth Annual American Comedy Awards in 1990. We love how she’s never afraid to rock a topper — and even better when the accessory is accessorized!

We love this black double-breasted trouser suit that Christina Applegate wore in 1990.

Christina Applegate was all business at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1991! Her suit’s pop of color made it a fresh take on the menswear trend.

At the Ninth Annual Youth in Film Awards in 1987, Christina Applegate rocked big hair and plush velvet. The gloves added a definite hip-chick vibe.

At the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1992, Christina Applegate wore an ankle-length button-down dress with a black trench. The effortless look was topped with a pretty tendril-filled updo.

Remember when denim overalls were all the rage? Christina Applegate was all about this comfy-cool trend in 1992: She wore them to the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards rehearsals.

Christina Applegate, looking dapper again in a menswear-inspired suit at the 1998 “Palmetto” premiere!

Matching the red carpet in a leather tank at the premiere of “The Broken Hearts Club” in 2000, Christina Applegate gave brunette a go! And while we love her signature blonde, she’s definitely still stunning in a darker ‘do.

This look that matched her baby blues is perhaps one of our favorite Christina Applegate dresses of all time. She wore the halter-style dress to the 26th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2000 accompanied by future-ex-husband Johnathon Schaech.

For an event in the late ’90s, Christina Applegate wore a beaded chiffon overlay with black pants and pointy heels. We love this flirty-serious hybrid!


























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