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Great Outfits in Fashion History: Jennifer Garner's Icy Blue Versace Gown at the 2003 Oscars

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There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

A year before she made cinematic fashion history in “13 Going on 30,” Jennifer Garner commemorated a major personal milestone: The then-30-year-old actor made her Oscars red carpet debut in 2003, only a year before she’d don the color-blocked cut-out mini that would become one of the most iconic rom-com looks of all time. That dress, of course, was by Versace — as was the gown she wore to her first Academy Awards. 

She arrived at the biggest night in Hollywood in an icy blue gown by the Italian fashion house featuring a bodice embellished with crystalline beads and lace floral-like patterns. With a veil of sheer, textured fabric, the floor-length skirt flowed when she walked, creating Garner’s very own Cinderella moment. There are no glass slippers here, though: She accessorized with golden strappy heels, sparkling hoop earrings, a single bangle bracelet and a metallic clutch.

As for her award-worthy beauty look, her caramel-colored shoulder-length hair was pinned back for a minimalist ‘do highlighting her hoops, while her diffused smokey eye and peachy lipstick added an extra boost of elegance to the ensemble.

Ahead, check out our picks for channeling Garner’s icy-blue gown.

Bardot Lorenza Midi Dress, $159, available here (sizes 2-12)

Asta Resort Ana Dress in Baia Blue Sequin, $330, available here (sizes XS-XL)

Conditions Apply Reidun Halter Cowl-Neck Midi Dress, $138 $90, available here (sizes XXS-3XL)

Lurelly Moon Silk Gown, $790, available here (sizes 2-14)

For Love & Lemons James Maxi Dress, $468 $170, available here (sizes XXS-XL)

Lovers and Friends Alani Gown, $258, available here (sizes XXS-XL)

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