When Pitch Perfect 2 came out last month, my friends and I (along with seemingly the entire rest of the female population) organised a girls night at the movies and took ourselves out to see it. In between all of the laughter and sing-alongs, I found myself asking the question “When did Hailee Steinfeld grow up?!” Surely it was only last year that she was the little girl in True Grit with the black hat and braids?

A quick Google search tells me that I must have a truly terrible sense of time; True Grit was 5 years ago and Steinfeld is now 18, with legs up to her neck, a beautiful smile, an impeccably brave sense of fashion and a cameo among the rest of Hollywood’s ‘it’ girls and fashion elite in Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood film clip.

Looking back at Steinfeld’s style over the 5 years since she rose to fame, her style has evolved from cute, quirky and age appropriate to daring, adventurous and high fashion with barely a misstep in between. She is willowy, she is exotic looking (due to her mother’s Filipino lineage) and she isn’t afraid to play with a little bit of whimsy, which has kept an element of youth throughout her style evolution. She was never a 14 year old trying desperately to grow up, nor is shoe now an 18 year old trying to dress like she’s 28.

Hailee Steinfeld leaves the 'Today' show studios in NYC. Pictured: Hailee Steinfeld Ref: SPL799310  100714   Picture by: Fortunata / Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com

Hailee Steinfeld 9th Annual Teen Vogue 'Young Hollywood' party held at Paramount Studios New York City Street Back Lot  Los Angeles, California - 23.09.11  Credit: (Mandatory): Apega/WENN.com

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 19:  Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at Lucrecia Martel's

Steinfeld’s monochromes, muted tones and sweet sundresses have always come in second place to her love of the quirky and whimsical, such as step and repeat patterns of eyes and sequinned lip embellishments, perfect for injecting a little bit of fun into events such as film premiers and Comic Con.

San Diego Comic Con 2013 - Preview Day Featuring: Hailee Steinfeld Where: San Diego, California, United States When: 17 Jul 2013 Credit: Mike Arnoldi/WENN.com

Film Premiere Enders Game Featuring: Hailee Steinfeld Where: Los Angeles, CA, United States When: 28 Oct 2013 Credit: Apega/WENN.com

Even as she has developed into an adult, Hailee Steinfeld has managed to keep a youthful elegance about her. At an age now where she could opt for plunging necklines and short hemlines, she carries herself with more of a ladylike grace than many starlets who are far older than her. She is measured in the way she dresses, not to the extent of being frumpy or prudish, but always dressed in a way that incites interest.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06:  Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends HFPA & InStyle's 2014 TIFF Celebration at the Windsor Arms Hotel on September 5, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for HFPA)

From the little braided girl in True Grit to the legacy pledge in Pitch Perfect 2, Hailee Steinfeld, and her personal style, have matured beautifully.
Never too old or too young, always event appropriate and never taking herself too seriously, Steinfeld has managed to cement herself as one to watch in Hollywood and on it’s red carpets.

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