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Caitriona Balfe At The Beginning Of The Decade Vs Now: A Timeline Of Balfe's Greatest Fashion Moments

Outlandishly chic.

Best dressed, always.

If 2019 belongs to anyone, it’s Caitriona Balfe.

At worst, you’ve at least heard her name in passing.

At best, you—like us—will be just another one face in her mighty legion of loyal fans. Fans who have deeply resonated with her work, for Balfe is the woman behind the acclaimed TV show Outlander, which she stars in.

Previously, Caitriona spent many years as a model, having been spotted by a Ford Models scout in Dublin.

At the age 18, she was walking for Chanel, Moschino, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. She was also once ranked in the top 20 models in the world and she has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and, of course, Irish Tatler (twice!).

On top of that, she’s somehow found the time to land roles in Ford v. Ferrari and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, in addition to joining the secret wedding society after reports circulated insisting that Balfe secretly wed her fiancé, Tony McGill.

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Indeed, Balfe is a busy lady. And being busy in showbiz means one thing: a plethora of public appearances. Be it interviews, press junkets or red carpets, she's regularly in the spotlight, and this has required dozens of carefully considered outfits. 

Androgynous and graceful in equal measure. Balfe’s style is somewhat undefinable, changing with every look. From monochrome tailoring to metallic gowns, her one constant seems to be her signature red lip. With a wardrobe as broad as her talent, Balfe certainly makes for an interesting style case study.

Keep scrolling to see Balfe's style—from the peak of her fame right the way back to her runway days.

Although questionable now, Caitriona's Chanel Spring/Summer look in 2004 was of the time and honestly, we'd still wear the boots now. 

Our Autumnal mood in one look.

Caitriona Balfe as a Victoria's Secret model invented underwear as outwear - don't @ Me. 

I'd wear this to Coachella now, ngl. 

Stomping into my next board meeting like...

Starting a petition to have Caitriona Balfe bring back the short suit. 

Very Kate Middleton circa engagement photos vibes here. 

Breaking up with her monochromatic palette ever so slightly with fuschia pink and blue bottle boots. 

Balfe knows that this season’s most sophisticated look is top-to-toe creamy tones. 

Jumpsuits account for a large portion of Balfe’s classicist wardrobe. 

Aside from monochrome, Balfe tends to opt for bright coloured dresses for her high-profile appearances. 

The very definition of cocktail attire. 

A moment please for the Louis Vuitton box bag. 

I don't think I could love an outfit more.

...wait, I spoke too soon. 

You know you’ve made it when you’re invited to the Met Gala. For her debut in 2016, Balfe opted for this stunning Roland Mouret velvet gown. 

Getting her velvet fix once more by the way of a metallic tailored suit. Stunning. 

Note how she expertly matches the shade of her boots to a hue in her shirt.

Caitriona Balfe invented the hair clip, there - I said it. 

A dress you could wear to brunch, a wedding, date night or just to work, Balfe is the queen of versatile pieces. 

We're not saying Caitriona Balfe invented tailoring but...

Always one step ahead of the curve, Balfe predicted floral tent dresses would be the next big thing when she graced the pages of Irish Tatler in 2018. 

A red carpet dress with pockets? Balfe is clearly a girl after our own hearts. 

What started as a powerful statement made on the Golden Globes red carpet, Balfe supported the #TimesUp movement at the BAFTAs in 2018 by wearing all black and that very important pin.

As far as Vanity Fair outfits go, this white satin gown is easily one of the strongest we’ve seen. Bravo, Balfe. 


Simple, elegant with a box clutch: this is how you do glamour. 

Bury me in this co-ord. 

Just when I thought nothing could distract me from Sam Heughan's face, Balfe goes and wear the power suit of dreams. 

For the premiere of 'Le Mans '66, Balfe wore a strapless black, fuchsia, and turquoise gown by Armani Prive.

For the British Independent Film Awards Balfe, true to form, worked alongside her trusted stylist Karla Welch who directed her towards a The Vampire's Wife dress and LALA LÉXA accessories. 

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