Jennifer Aniston's Style Comfort Zone Is Expanding — Here Are 13 Fabulous Results

The seat of Jennifer Aniston's immense fame has always been the ease with which one can relate to her and the fact that she was the Friend you wanted to befriend. So it's not a shock that the actress doesn't usually go for outrageous, trendy, and/or edgy fashion, and that has been to her credit. While not a "Wow"-inducing beauty, Aniston is a looker with a pretty flawless sense of style. Her set-your-watch-by-'em signatures are unfussy, black, or monochromatic pieces in simple, flattering silhouettes. But lately, Jennifer Aniston has stepped out of her comfort zone and sexed up her style.

Some might call her hallmarks "boring"; I call 'em "classic" and I respect the fact that she knows what works for her and sticks to it. But as Aniston has stepped out of her professional comfort zone of rom coms in favor of the dark and dramatic with her role as a scarred, depressed woman in Cake, the actress has also done the same on the red carpet.

Maybe her role in Cake has inspired her to take fashion chances, too. I know I am loving the result. While she did not get the expected Oscar nom for her work in the film, she has shown us another side of her style. Lately, the actress has opted for things we're not used to seeing and that begin with the letter "P," like pops of color, plunging necklines, pantsuits, ponytails, and more!

These are some of the "new" Jen's best looks!

Saint Laurent At The 2015 Golden Globes

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Aniston donned a halter neck Saint Laurent gown with a major slit at the 2015 Golden Globes. Yes, black is one of her preferred red carpet hues, but what really wows me most is the fact that she wore her hair slicked back and off her face. Aniston’s hair is usually her curtain and she hardly ever wears it up! It’s a good thing she did so here, since she showed off the lovely neckline of that dress.

Going Gucci With Menswear At the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

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Crimson is not a color we see Aniston wear often, but she really went for it with this scarlet Gucci pantsuit with a plunging neckline and no blouse or bra. That was so daring, but she certainly sexed up menswear.

Wowing In White At 'Cake' Premiere

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At the L.A. premiere of her buzzed-about film Cake, Aniston went with winter white. She has done cream gowns at awards shows, but this was a totally unexpected look for her, thanks to the detailing, like the bow, the keyhole above the belly, and the print. She’s not a big prints gal, but the embroidered skirt of this Giambattista Valli ensemble was such a cute, flirty, and youthful look for her. Plus, it showed off her gams.

That Pony!

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At the L.A. Cake premiere, she went with a messy ponytail, which was wispy on the sides, almost mimicking bangs, and wrapped with her own strands. Aniston, who is a hair Holy Grail for many women, rarely does an updo, but she did so twice in one month and I can’t help but wonder if this will be her trend of 2015.

Pockets And Tights!

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Okay, so we’ve established that black is her signature color, like so many of us. But the actress usually displays her perma-bronzed and unfairly toned legs when wearing a mini, since she is usually hitting up events in the warm climate of L.A. and, well, if you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em. So this frock — with pockets! — was a big change for her since she added opaque tights.

Bun Fun

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You know, as I go deeper into this Aniston style analysis, I can’t spotlight her style shifts without calling attention to her highlights and her decision to have some bun fun. You can see the dimension and depth of her honey-hued hair with this updo.

Cleavage Game Upped At The "Horrible Bosses 2" Premiere

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Aniston also played against type as a sex-crazed dentist in the hilarious Horrible Bosses franchise. At the sequel’s L.A. premiere last November, she opted for a high-waisted black skirt with a tiny mullet hem and a lacy white bra top that showed her enviable cleavage. While this Zuhair Murad ensemble looks like something you’d see in Kim Kardashian’s closet or on Scarlett Johansson’s body, Aniston worked it.

Are Those Leather Pants?!

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Again, Aniston style watchers know that black is her go-to, but are those black pants made of… leather? They sure are. It’s Jennifer Aniston, rock ‘n’ roll goddess! Plus, those black specs add a hip element to her ensemble. I’ve seen her wear wire frames before, which I thought were “meh,” but these glasses are aces. It’s a first —Jennifer Aniston doing nerd chic.

Salmon Dreams

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Aniston’s short and salmon shift threw me for a loop simply because it was a burst of color. I don’t recall her wearing pink very often, but the color popped gloriously against her sun-kissed skin.

Tartan Turn On

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I mentioned her penchant for solid colors and you can scroll back and forth in the space of this slideshow and see that most Aniston apparel is monochromatic. But is it me or does this black and white tartan dress look amazing on her? The dress, the neck-buttoned coat, and the boots could have been borrowed from Kate Middleton’s closet.

Shapely In London

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Aniston has a bangin’ bod and is in killer shape. But how about this odd architectural cocktail dress she wore to the London bow of Horrible Bosses 2? The Antonio Berardi piece featured a pop of color in the center and a slit that slayed, although the pointed edges added an... unusual touch.

She's Got Legs

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This LBD does not drift too far outside of Aniston’s comfort zone, but the unique tiers of the pleated skirt and the slit were just unconventional enough to make me go, “Wow, that’s a bit different for my girl Jen!”

Hellbent For Dior Leather

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Aniston’s style shift has largely taken place in late 2014 and early 2015, but I went all the way back to early 2013 for this leather slip dress with a poufy skirt from Dior, which she wore to the People’s Choice Awards that year. It was a harbinger of what was to come. It was frillier than what Aniston normally goes for but it signaled that she was game for anything.