Molly Ringwald's Style Evolution (PHOTOS)

02/17/2012 05:49 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

With career-making roles in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald was the ultimate teen star in the '80s. In keeping with her adolescent, girl-next-door image, the California native wore tea-length frocks, prom-ready princess gowns complete with long gloves and frumpy ensembles that didn’t accentuate her figure.

These days, The Secret Life of an American Teenager actress nails it on the red carpet in eye-catching halter necks, dresses with nipped waistlines and elegant one-shouldered looks. You'll never find her in a mini -- the mother of three definitely knows how to keep it glamorous, but still modest.

See more of Ringwald’s style below as she celebrates her 44th birthday with her hubby Panio Gianopoulos and their children. Meanwhile, which "Glee" star has a new haircut that resembles Ringwald's short style?

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