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Which Avril Lavigne Do You Prefer: Classy Avril or Sassy Avril?

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When we saw Avril Lavigne in an elegant black-and-white gown at the Huading Image Awards in China earlier this week, we had to wonder if the star was turning over a new leaf, stylewise. Rather than gold blush or thick rings of eyeliner, she wore a subdued cat eye and soft pink lips. Rather than technicolor-streaked half-shaved hair, she wore center-parted blonde waves. Perhaps having a permanent duet partner was making her soft?

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But not for long! The star was next spotted at an airport looking like the Mrs. Chad Kroeger we’ve come to know and love. Sporting her giant pear-shaped diamond and a pair of aviators — oh yeah, and cornrows streaked with magenta strands — she looked as pleased as ever to wear a “life sux” tee.

As jarring as it was to see Lavigne all gussied up with not a hint of raccoon eye in sight, she did look lovely. On the other hand, we’re so used to seeing her with something funky going on that perhaps it was a relief to see her back to her old ways. What do you think: Do you like her with a more mature, grown-up style or do you want her to stay in “punk princess” mode forever? And actually, how are we feeling about colorful cornrows in general?

–Alex Apatoff

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