Paris Hilton’s Style Remains Timeless, a Retrospective

And not in a good way...

A photo Paris HIlton posted on Instagram in 2016.
A photo Paris HIlton posted on Instagram in 2016.

Paris Hilton was a fashion icon in the early aughts. She led the way for young women everywhere to wear Juicy Couture velour sweatsuits, ostentatious Louis Vuitton Speedy bags and sparkly chandelier earrings. Now, most have abandoned long weaves in pursuit of a lob and traded in their chandelier earrings for studs, but Ms. Hilton maintains her early 2000s fashion sense. While her sister’s style has evolved, the elder Hilton sister remains timeless–but not in the Audrey Hepburn way. At times, the only way to identify the year that a photo of her was taken is by looking at the person she’s posing with, to see what they’re wearing.

Now, Ms. Hilton has been upstaged by former closet organizer and sometimes assistant Kim Kardashian in the fame game. Still, she’s planning a triumphant return with an authorized documentary, which she announced at this year’s Cannes Film Fest. The movie will offer a look into her life, and Ms. Hilton will serve as one of the producers. In honor of this momentous occasion, here are some looks that will possibly be in the film, since they’ve been her signature outfits and hairstyles for more than a decade.

TOKYO, JAPAN: Paris Hilton, the great-granddaughter of the Hilton hotel chain founder Conrad Hilton, poses for photographers during a press conference in Tokyo, 19 April 2005 to promote her new perfume 'Paris Hilton Sheer'.
Paris Hilton in pink.

With her signature long blonde weave and diamond bling (let’s be honest, she could have easily taken a piece off before leaving the house), this image could be from any year–even 2016. It’s actually an April 2005 photo of Ms. Hilton promoting her perfume ‘Paris Hilton Sheer’ in Tokyo during a press conference.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Paris Hilton waves as she leaves the CNN building for an interview with Larry King on June 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Paris Hilton on June 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

In a boho dress that might be Free People, Ms. Hilton leaves an interview with Larry King at CNN…so that alone dates this photo. Remember, this is a 2007 appearance in Los Angeles, but this dress, while vintage inspired, is far more modern than her usual bubblegum ballgowns.

Paris Hilton leaves a hotel in central Rome to attend the wedding ceremony of Petra ecclestone, daughter of F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, to wed James Stunt in the Odescalschi Castle in Bracciano near Rome on August 27, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Tiziana Fabi (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton in baby blue.

In this outfit, Paris Hilton could be attending prom in 1999 or the premiere of yet another Cinderella movie. Instead, she’s in Rome to attend the wedding of Petra Ecclestone, in the year 2011.

ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Doug Reinhardt and Paris Hilton attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 benefit at the Hotel du Cap during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2009 in Antibes, France.
Paris Hilton in a mermaid inspired monstrosity.

Offering definitive proof Ms. Hilton either doesn’t age or is experiencing a major Benjamin Button moment, Ms. Hilton attended a gala with former Lauren Conrad beau Doug Reinhardt on her arm. In a mermaid inspired gown, topped off with a tiara, this picture is dated May 2009.

HAVANA, CUBA - FEBRUARY 27: Paris Hilton attends the closing gala night for the week-long International Habano Cigar Festival on February 27, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The annual cigar festival attracted tourists from around the world to sample the islands world renowned tobacco. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton wears diamonds.

Yet again, Ms. Hilton has long, loose waves, tons of diamonds and glitter, making it hard to place the date of this photo, which is actually from a 2015 trip to Cuba.

Paris Hilton in Dennis Basso.
Paris Hilton in Dennis Basso.

Here, Ms. Hilton wears the kind of gown she’s become known for, figure flattering and bedazzled. While it might appear to be a dated dress, this Instagram is from May 2016. Paris Hilton’s Style Remains Timeless, a Retrospective