Lopez has been turning heads with her bold fashion choices for decades and shares that even when she was en route to the hospital to give birth to her and ex-husband Marc Anthony's twins, Emme and Max, she was making a fierce style statement. "I think of the day my kids were born. It was in the middle of a snowstorm, and I wore this big white fur coat," she recalls. "I was huge, and it was the only coat that would fit me."
Lopez says a lot of her clothes have sentimental value. "If you hear a song from a certain time and you're like, 'Oh, my God!,' it takes you back to that period in your life," she explains. "I do the same thing with my closet. I walk in and I see a hat or a pair of shoes or a coat, and I go, 'Wow! I remember I was wearing that the day this happened, or I was walking down the street; or I heard this or my mom said that, or my boyfriend.'"
While she's switched up her look quite a bit over the years, Lopez does have some style staples. "I love hoops, jeans, boots, and sparkle," she says. "If you look back to my first red-carpet days, it's short, sparkly Versace dresses. I know everybody knows the green jungle dress, but I'm more about Versace's chain mail and Swarovski crystal dresses, which I've been doing since back then."
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Jennifer Lopez through the years
Jennifer Lopez through the years
The actresses who will portray slain Tejano singer Selena, in an upcoming Warner Bros "Selena," pose together at a news conference June 18. Portraying the younger Selena is ten year old Becky Lee Meza of Texas and Jennifer Lopez (R) as the adult Selena.
UNDATED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH-FOR USE WITH STORY BC-ENTERTAINMENT-STONE - Actress Jennifer Lopez portrays housewife 'Grace McKenna" in director Oliver Stone's latest film "U-Turn" in this undated photograph. "U-Turn" also stars Sean Penn and is currently in release in the United States. After flopping dismally at the box office with his last serious political film, Oliver Stone is hoping to re-ignite his career with the age-old staples of sex, lust, greed, betrayal and murder.
Presenter and nominee Jennifer Lopez shows off her latest fashion at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 23. Lopez was nominated for Best Dance Recording for her song ["Waiting For Tonight".]
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs "Love Don't Cost A Thing" at the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez makes her way down the red carpet as
she arrives at the 74th Academy Awards March 24, 2002 in Hollywood.
Lopez is a presenter at this years ceremony. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood
for the premiere of her new movie "Gigli, July 27, 2003. Lopez and
boyfriend Ben Affleck play mob enforcers involved in the kidnapping of
a prosecutor's brother in order to help save a mob boss from going to
prison. The movie opens August 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for the worldwide premier of Pepsi's latest advertisement in Madrid, February 23, 2005. U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, England soccer captain and Real Madrid star David Beckham and Jennifer Lopez all starred in the advert. REUTERS/Andrea Comas ACO/GB
Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd as she opens the first-ever "World of JLO" shop in the U.S. in Marshall Field's Chicago State Street Store September 22, 2005. The shop houses the entire JLO and Sweetface collections, intimates, fragrances, jewelry and accessories. REUTERS/John Gress
U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2006/07 women's collections show at Milan Fashion Week February 23, 2006. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala "Anglomania" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York May 1, 2006. The gala presents a range of work by British fashion designers. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
Singer Marc Anthony and wife, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, arrive at the 7th annual Latin Grammy Awards in New York November 2, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
U.S. actress and singer Jennifer Lopez smiles during a news conference to present her film 'Bordertown' running in competition at the 57th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 15, 2007. The festival runs from February 8-18. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (GERMANY)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the 2007 Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York September 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez poses at the premiere of the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California December 8, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on December 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Jennifer Lopez smiles on stage after being announced as one the judges for the 10th season of the television show "American Idol" at the Forum in Inglewood, California September 22, 2010. The new season begins on FOX January 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GRAMMYS-ARRIVALS)
Singer Jennifer Lopez accepts the Favorite Latin Music Artist award at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-SHOW)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert that is part of her "Dance Again World Tour" in Berlin October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez arrives with boyfriend Casper Smart at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES - Tags: Entertainment) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez blows a kiss at photographers as she poses on her star after it was unveiled on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs "First Love" onstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES-Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(BILLBOARDAWARDS-SHOW)
Judge Jennifer Lopez reacts as balloons fall during the American Idol XIII 2014 Finale in Los Angeles, California May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMERICANIDOL-SHOW)
Jennifer Lopez performs "Booty" during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MUSIC-AMERICANMUSICAWARDS-SHOW)
Singer Jennifer Lopez wears a gown by Elie Saab as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Actress Jennifer Lopez and singer Harry Connick Jr attend Fox's American Idol XIV Finalist Party at The District Restaurant in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/L.E. Baskow
Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Lopez appears to have passed down her love of fashion to her 8-year-old daughter, Emme. "She loves fashion. She was wearing my shoes as soon as she started walking," Lopez notes. "She's actually learning to sew already. Who knows? We may have a little designer on our hands."
Last June, Lopez opened up to ET about expanding her family, and possibly breaking out that "big white fur coat" again. "I wish I could have a lot more [kids]," she confessed. "I wish. I don't know if it's in the cards for me, but it's something I would love to do."