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Timberlake: from frosted curls to sartorial smarts

Initially it seemed fun and harmless. Those apple-cheeked boy bands practicing their cute choreography in silky, billowy ensembles that said “We’re romantic” or hip-hop-influenced uniforms that said “We’re tough, but not too tough for you, girl.” But the formula spread like mononucleosis to other groups. And as the millennium passed, it took boy-band graduate Justin Timberlake several years to shake the sartorial lessons of his ’N Sync salad days. His once-frosted curls grew out to soft brown before they were shorn altogether. The stage clothes hopefully found a home as dust rags where they could do no further harm. More than 15 years later, Timberlake is hardly recognizable. The scamp in the oversize jorts is now a suave star in a custom Tom Ford suit. Here’s a look at his bumpy fashion journey.

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