From breaking through at the age of 19 as Joey Potter on angsty ’90s teen drama Dawson’s Creek, to her high-profile marriage to Tom Cruise in 2006 (their daughter, Suri Cruise, arrived six months later), Katie Holmes’s life in the spotlight has been a whirlwind.
Admittedly, after the hit show ended in 2003 – and she focused on her new life as a mother and wife – Holmes fell off the radar on the fashion front. But fast forward to the summer of 2019, when the actor was photographed hailing a cab in that off-the-shoulder Khaite cardigan and matching bralette, and once again, Holmes had our attention.
Joey’s wardrobe of cut-off denim shorts and checked shirts is now long behind her, but Holmes is a fan of the wholesome aesthetic in real life, too. See her extensive collection of blue jeans and chunky knits for proof. After dark Holmes might reach for a slinky slip dress or a pair of tall boots, but it’s arguably her girl-next-door style moments that fans – nostalgic for the days when she was climbing through Dawson’s window in Capeside – most enjoy seeing.
On her 43rd birthday, enjoy 15 memorable looks from Holmes’s years in the spotlight.
Showing us the best way to wear tall boots in a full look from Kate Spade’s spring/summer 2022 collection.
A style turning point for Katie: the cashmere bralette and cardigan set that sent shockwaves across social media.
Who knew a slouchy brown corduroy suit could be so stylish? Katie’s is Tory Burch.
Championing ’90s fashion in a pair of on trend baggy jeans from Reformation, worn with an oversized Wardrobe.Nyc black puffer jacket.
In a full Christian Siriano look backstage at the designer’s spring/summer 2022 show in New York City.
Holmes amps up a classic Canadian tuxedo with a pair of sleek Bottega Veneta mules in canary yellow.
A Khaite girl through and through: Holmes wore a white ruched off-the-shoulder floor-length number by the brand to the American Australian Association Arts Awards in 2020.
Elevate any look with a simple Chanel bouclé jacket in vibrant red.
Perhaps the beginnings of her blue denim obsession?
In a figure-hugging leather midi skirt, a long-sleeve top, and knee-high brown boots for added polish.
On the Oscars red carpet with her Dawson’s Creek co-star James Van Der Beek in 1995
Looking sweet in Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs at the United Cancer Front Gala in 2003.
A precursor to the Khaite cardi moment. Holmes wore a black knitted version with a slinky lavender slip-dress at the Eyes Wide Shut premiere in 1999.
A vision in a red and white floor-length floral dress by Carolina Herrera at the Pieces Of April premiere in 2003.
In a sultry black lace number at the Teaching Mrs Tingle premiere in 1999.