Ellen DeGeneres may be one of Hollywood's well-suited stars (in our opinion), but it took the Emmy-winning talk show host years to find her footing in fashion.

It couldn't have been a coincidence back in 1997 when she made TV history on "Ellen" and came out as a lesbian, that DeGeneres' personal style went from slouchy to sleek. She traded in oversized suit jackets for tailored blazers, then chopped off that lob hairstyle into a textured and spiky short cut. Plus, it didn't hurt that the entertainer went on to marry one of the most beautiful actresses, Portia de Rossi.

As DeGeneres dances her way into her 55th birthday on Saturday (Jan. 26), we're taking a look back at the CoverGirl's style over the years.

Meanwhile, see Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper and more stars' coming-out stories.

Flip through our many other style evolutions.

Loading Slideshow...
  • 1988

    WireImage

  • 1991

    WireImage

  • 1992

    WireImage

  • 1993

    WireImage

  • 1994

    WireImage

  • 1994

    WireImage

  • 1994

    WireImage

  • 1995

    WireImage

  • 1996

    WireImage

  • With Elle Macpherson, 1996

    WireImage

  • 1997

    WireImage

  • 1997

    WireImage

  • 1998

    WireImage

  • 2000

    WireImage

  • 2001

    WireImage

  • 2002

    WireImage

  • 2004

    Getty

  • 2005

    Getty

  • 2006

    FilmMagic

  • 2007

    Getty

  • With Portia de Rossi, 2007

    WireImage

  • 2007

    Getty

  • 2007

    Getty

  • 2007

    Getty

  • 2007

    Getty

  • With Portia de Rossi, 2008

    Getty

  • 2010

    Getty

  • 2010

    Getty

  • 2010

    Getty

  • 2011

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2012

    Getty

  • 2013

    Getty


Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle.
---
Do you have a style story idea or tip? Email us at stylesubmissions@huffingtonpost.com. (PR pitches sent to this address will be ignored.)