The stunning transformation of Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton becoming President of the United States would have given daughter Chelsea Clinton the unique honor of being the First Child for a second time. Alas, that opportunity never came to fruition, but if it did, she'd have been following in the serious style footsteps of Malia and Sasha Obama (unsurprising, considering they have Michelle as their fashion role model). Over the years, Clinton No. 3 slowly but surely came into her own fashion sense, blossoming from an early loungewear enthusiast, into a woman who makes pretty solid sartorial selections. Here's the style transformation of Chelsea Clinton, from childhood until today.

Early on, it was all about keeping it casual

When her father, Bill Clinton, was first running for his eventual seat as the 42nd POTUS, the then-12-year-old Chelsea Clinton was regularly seen sporting her go-to garbs: a simple T-shirt and denim jeans. Here, when she joined her political parents on a trip to Arkansas to await the results of his inaugural election cycle in their home state that night, she stepped off the plane wearing a loose-fitted tee with boyfriend jeans, and her no-fuss, no-muss approach to curl management was on full display. The littlest Clinton did slip in a touch of her own ethical leanings in that moment, however, because the shirt she wore displayed her enthusiasm for endangered species protection, a cause for which she's actively worked as an adult.

When official business was afoot, she did glam it up

After Bill Clinton was announced as winner of the nation's biggest night, Chelsea ditched her low-key digs for something a little more stately as she joined her father in accepting his new role as Commander-in-Chief, and her own as First Daughter. Not only did she tame her mane into tighter tendrils, but she also donned a classic plaid coat and gloves to match the timelessness of her parents' own ensembles.

Growing up and into her own

As time progressed, Clinton began to adopt her own style sense. Here, when she was still just 15, she attended Easter services with her parents at Washington's Foundry Methodist Church and looked positively ready to enroll in law school, just like her folks once did, in her smart black dress suit with complimenting collar lines on the shirt beneath.

Even her low-key travel gear got an upgrade

Here, in 1996, Clinton joined her father on the runway to board Air Force One (with Buddy the dog!) for a family getaway at Martha's Vineyard. Not only had she found an excellent stylist to give her locks a little color punch, but she also decked herself out in casual business style with a classic grey cashmere sweater and some snappy dress pants that made her look all grown up already.

Pretty soon, she started playing with pantsuits, too

On Twitter, Hillary Clinton's bio declares her to be a "pantsuit aficionado," among her many other distinctions, but the former FLOTUS-turned-presidential candidate isn't the only member of the family who's big on trotting around in trouser combos. Here, during a trip to New Zealand for the 1999 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, Chelsea stepped out in a blazer suit that was so akin to what her mother had been known to wear, it could've easily been borrowed from her closet.

She had a thing for embroidered cardigans

When Chelsea and Hillary Clinton headed to Jordan in 1999 for a meeting with its princess and to launch their lengthy European tour, Chelsea maintained her typically professional aesthetic, but her button-up sweater had just enough sewn-in ornamentation to make it just as appropriate for taking tea as it was for a meeting with royalty. Versatility is key when you're on the move, right?

Eventually, she started to work a little more flair into her wear

In this shot from a tennis match at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Clinton was repping a lot more sass with her look than usual, including an arm-baring blouse and knee-length pencil skirt. The real kicker of the ensemble, though, was the rad pair of sunglasses she wore that made the then-student of Stanford University look like the cool college kid that she was at the time.

She started to have fun with her hair

Once Clinton enrolled in graduate school at Oxford, she began to experiment with a new 'do and debuted some newly-straightened and lightened locks, as seen here at the 2002 premiere of Red Dragon (which she attended with her then-boyfriend, Ian Klaus). At the time, Clinton was rubbing elbows with fashion bigwigs like Donatella Versace and pop culture icons such as Madonna, which might've inspired such a bold change to her signature appearance. Whatever it was, though, the frizz-free look was (mostly) there to stay.

Her accessorization game began to strengthen over time

Clinton's modesty modality never went by the wayside, but she did start to cycle in some key accoutrements to her outfits, like with this savvy neck scarf that perfectly complemented her brown blazer during her father's 2004 speaking event at the Little Rock Arts Center. She also earned some major snaps for subtly corresponding with her mom's similarly earth-toned get-up at the event.

At some point, she became kind of a dame

By the time Clinton had reached quarter-centurion status, her look had evolved from relatively matronly to outright ravishing, as with this flattering skirt suit she wore to the opening of Bill Clinton's presidential library in their home state in 2004. Her classically-curled coif was the perfect fit for the scalloped collar of her pretty little blazer, and the fact that she matched it with a nervy leather skirt for such a high-profile affair was all the more exciting.

Even her campaign clothes went up a big notch

When Clinton hit the trail in support of her mother's first bid for the hot seat in 2008, she rocked a variety of jackets, but this incredible penny-colored corduroy coat with a mandarin collar stood out for its simple splendor, and could've easily taken attention away from the woman of the hour onstage.

Her LBD obsession is also well documented

Whenever she's called to the red carpet, as with this 2009 gala appearance in New York, there's a good chance Clinton will be showing up in a little black dress. There are examples aplenty of her penchant for the definitive dress style, and this fresh pairing of a tank blouse with a frilly A-line skirt and round heels (while dialing back on the extras) is a prime example of why we love when she opts for an LBD during a night on the town.

Her style has been unimpeachable

Clinton has gotten professional wear down to a strict science during her time in the spotlight, but she's also gotten a clear handle on what works for her, as evidenced by this amazing ensemble she put together for the School of American Ballet's Winter Ball in 2012. Anything more on the accent piece front would've taken away from the beautiful fit and fabrics of her two-toned number, but anything less would've been too plain for such an event. Her stacked, deep red necklace was just the right touch and size to give the look the exact pop it needed, while remaining squarely within her comfort zone, so it was well-played indeed.

She's wearing it as well as the stars

For Hillary Clinton's second run for the Oval, Chelsea Clinton, then a new mom herself, was once again busy supporting the bid. For her sweet speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, she took the stage in a form-fitting red Roland Mouret dress that had the press buzzing about her trendy threads, especially since the same frock had been sported in light blue by none other than Jessica Alba just a couple of months earlier. Looking back at the biggest moments of Clinton's style evolution, it's clear she's been "in" for quite some time.

She's become bolder since the 2016 election

Since the outcome of the 2016 presidential race, the Clintons took some time to grieve the loss, but have since picked themselves up, and seem to be doing just fine. Chelsea, in particular, made headlines as there were mumbles that she may join the ranks of her parents and run for office. She quelled those rumors in a video she made with Variety: "I am not running for public office," Clinton said. "I really find this rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed."

She emerged boldly from her family's loss in style, making appearances in bright colours and patterns — a shift from her prior outfits, which leaned toward neutral and classic. She grabbed our attention with this look, which she sported at Variety's Power Of Women in April 2017, and hasn't let go. Though she doesn't plan to get into politics, she has already evoked change through a different route — by educating and empowering children.

In May 2017, Clinton published a children's book that is a not-so-subtle nod to her mom (there's a wink to her at the beginning of the book). She Persisted tells the stories of 13 women who faced immense opposition to their big goals, and yet they persisted. "I wrote this book for everyone who's ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who's ever been made to feel less than," said Clinton in a statement.