She may be going to the slammer for tax evasion but Lauryn Hill will be able to celebrate her birthday as a free woman.

The "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" singer, who turns 38 on May 26, has always been admired for her free spirit, eclectic style and at times, larger than life hair but don’t even think about trying to duplicate her neo cool look. (The former Fugees frontwoman reportedly didn't appreciate the Lauryn Hill clones that were spotted copying her style at the height of her fame.) It seems that imitation isn’t the highest form of flattery for Ms. Hill!

Although the mother-of-six has stepped out looking like the love child of Macy Gray and The Joker (see her outfit at a 2007 performance in Brooklyn, NY) and her occasional erratic behaviour sometimes concerns us, it's easy to forgive the soul sister when she sings her hits. (Is "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" the soundtrack to your life too?)

Happy birthday Lauryn Hill! Let's take a style trip down memory lane.

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  • 1991 – 33rd Annual Grammy Awards

    Lauryn looks like a vintage goddess in this gold beaded frock.

  • 1998 – Lauryn Hill performing at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards

    The former Fugess frontwoman sports a Letterman jacket over a flowing dress at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards. Only she could pull off this unconventional look.

  • 1998 – Holiday Benefit party for Refugee Project at Emporium Armani

    Somewhere in the world, a pimp is missing his coat. Lauryn Hill is wearing what appears to be a fur-lined alligator floor length jacket over a pink shirt and sparkly pants. Not good.

  • 1998 – 41st Annual Grammy Awards

    The singer looks lovely but oddly conservative at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. She clearly needs a dolly to transport her hardware.

  • 1999 – Portrait of Lauryn Hill in Hamburg Germany

    Casual Lauryn spotted wearing a denim jacket, smart glasses and a knit hat in Hamburg Germany.

  • 1999 – Soul Train Awards

    Looking ethereal in a pale yellow two-piece outfit with lots of Lauryn-esque bangles to complete the look at the 13th Annual Soul Train Awards.

  • 2001 – Lauryn performs at Tribute to Bob Marley concert

    Lauryn performs at a Bob Marley tribute concert (the singer was in a relationship with Marley's son, Rohan Marley) in a sexy one-piece khaki jumper. We like!

  • 2002 –McDonald's All-American Game's 25th anniversary dinner at Tavern on the Green

    This outfit doesn't really work but Lauryn rocks the ball cap, matching tweed blazer and vest with confidence.

  • 2004 – Video shoot

    We adore this '70s inspired look!

  • 2005: Montreux Jazz Festival 2005 in Montreux, Switzerland

    Known for her colourful wardrobe, the "Everything is Everything" singer looks pretty in horizontal stripes and an obi belt.

  • 2005 – BET Awards

    Lauryn channels mod with a sleek straight bob and she appears to have borrowed clothing from Captain Hook's closet. We kind of like it though!

  • 2005 – Central Park Rumsey Playfield

    Mayday! The singer is swallowed by a renegade hair ball. We love her statement hairdo but we wish we could see more of her face!

  • 2006 – Rolling StoneVerizon Wireless Pre-GRAMMY Concert with The Fugees

    Eclectic is how we would describe the erratic songstress' wardrobe. Her outfit at the Rolling StoneVerizon Wireless Pre-GRAMMY Concert is true to her fun style.

  • 2007 - 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field in Brooklyn, NY

    Clearly, Lauryn has been miseducated on this style choice. Mr. T wants his chain back!

  • 2010 – Foote Green University of Miami

    Taking inspiration from men’s clothing, Lauryn Hill looks extra hot in this plaid three-piece suit.

  • 2011 – Coachella

    The striped parachute sundress isn’t exactly flattering. We recommend a more fitted dress but we love her ability to accessorize.

  • 2012 – Philly 4th of July Jam

    It's really out of character for Lauryn to be looking like the swan princess in this white frock and pink belt but we still like the look.

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