By Tara Fowler
December 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST
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Britney, you’ve had a number of fashion missteps over the years. There was that awful appearance at the AMAs in ’01 when you turned up in a denim dress (I blame JT for that one), that time you performed at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a sequined bra and panties, and don’t even get me started on the whole shaving your head incident. So when you decided to re-invent yourself as an X Factor judge, I’ll admit I had my doubts. After all, your old rival Christina Aguilera has worn a bevy of nightmarish outfits on The Voice. Would you fall prey to the same fate?

But you surprised me, Brit. The woman who took that chair traded midriff-baring tops and an over-abundance of fishnets for figure-flattering dresses, posh heels, and a sleek hairstyle. It’s not just a fashion comeback, it’s a fashion triumph! In honor of tonight’s X Factor finale, here’s a look back at some of your best outfits this season. SEE MORE PHOTOS

Next: Looking pretty good in pink

When you stepped out in this hot pink, mesh front Brian Lichtenberg frock on your very first day of X Factor auditions, I was cautiously optimistic. And then…

Next: Hot pink to red hot

Bam! You shimmied into this body conscious Hervé Leger bandage dress for the Rhode Island auditions — kudos to your hairstylist for those beautiful, beachy waves — and blew my mind. Christina, take note!

Next: Stella (McCartney)!

At the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre handprint ceremony that kicked off the season premiere, you left a lasting impression in an exotic floral print Stella McCartney dress. It was a little snug on you, but you still looked stunning.

Next: Fifty shades of scarlet

Hallelujah! You topped a simple, chic outfit with a simple, chic updo. That hairstyle was heavenly, and I would die happy if you only wore the color red from now on.

Next: Let’s hear it for the LBD

Why do you look so stressed out here, Britney? This sexy-conservative LBD looks great. And the bangs are perfection.

Which one of Britney’s X Factor outfits is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Read more:

‘The Voice’: Christina Aguilera’s biggest fashion faux pas

Justin Timberlake’s awkward Christmas card, Britney Spears’ tech-heavy video and more

‘The X Factor’ finale: Does anyone even care?

Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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