On Carey Mulligan's Birthday, Let's Celebrate With 13 of Her Best Black and White Looks

Long before the days when she donned her fabulous '20s garb as Daisy Buchanan in 2013's The Great Gatsby remake, actress and style darling Carey Mulligan has been ruling the red carpet with her minimalist-chic fashion sense and timeless beauty. And as good as the lovely lady looks in hues of red, yellow, blush, and gold, there's no denying that she can really work classic shades of black and white, too. So to celebrate her 29th birthday, let's take a look at 13 of her best black and white ensembles, shall we?

At the 2010 BAFTAs

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Mulligan isn’t one to wear a lot of graphic patterns, which is exactly what made this Vionnet stunner such a surprising delight. That, and its gorgeous off-the-shoulder cut and peekaboo paneling.

At the 2010 Oscars

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The sparkling actress simply stunned on the Oscars red carpet in a gem-encrusted, high-low Prada number — a look that was only outshone by her cascading diamond earrings.

At the 2010 London Film Festival

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Sure, it has a splash of red, but this breezy halter-neck Vionnet number would stand on its own any day without that extra hint of color.

At the 'Never Let Me Go' New York Premiere

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I don’t know what’s better: The lace overlay, the pleated tulle skirt, or those sexy rimmed eyes that perfectly complement her daring Elie Saab creation.

At a 2010 'Young Hollywood' Event

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Mulligan looked fresh and feminine in her lightweight, patterned Peter Pilotto number, which she let do all the talking in her accessory-free look.

At the 2010 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards

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With its beaded bodice and voluminous A-line skirt, Mulligan’s Preen ensemble didn’t even need those fabulous blue suede shoes to look amazing.

At the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards Gala

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Turning up the drama in a beaded, tiered, and halter-neck Bottega Veneta frock, Mulligan finished this sexy look with a sultry smoky eye and the most perfect coiff possible.

At a 2012 Charity Event

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The British actress was an absolute dream in her Victorian-inspired Valentino ensemble, whose lace embellishment was made all the prettier thanks to sheer sleeves and a slightly voluminous skirt.

At the 2013 Met Gala

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In one of her edgiest looks to date, Mulligan ruled the 2013 Met Gala red carpet in her simple, side-cutout Balenciaga dress, whose safety pin brooch was just the sartorial cherry on top.

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

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From the plunging keyhole cutout and subtle front slit to the twisted satin neckline and flowing fit, Mulligan’s Vionnet gown couldn’t have looked better (though standing next to Justin Timberlake didn’t hurt).

At 'The Great Gatsby' Screening in New York City

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Mulligan looked beyond chic in her two-piece Lanvin ensemble, which took on an extra air of sophisticated glamour with its dramatic shoulders and perfectly tailored trousers.

At a 2013 Miu Miu Event

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Talk about summer chic! Mulligan looked wonderfully whimsical and precisely polished in her Peter Pan–collar Miu Miu number, which got an extra kick of style thanks to her tortoiseshell sunnies.

At the 2013 New York Film Festival

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Mulligan’s hair wasn’t the only thing to go dark and daring at the 2013 New York Film Festival. Her Alexander McQueen dress — which featured a gilded neckline and sexy side cutouts — delivered its fair share of edge, too.