Zooey Deschanel
is known for her adorable personality and even cuter style ... but at Monday's Met Gala she was almost unrecognizable without her bangs!

The "New Girl" star kept her look light and fun (as usual) for the "punk" themed gala ... but her face underwent a total makeunder with her bang-free look.

Deschanel ditched her signature 'do and sported lighter makeup for the event ... which had us taking a double look at the quirky star.

We've gotta say, the 33-year-old looks better with bangs, this hairstyle washes her out and even ages her a bit.

What do you think of Zooey's new 'do? Sound off below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars with and without bangs!

Also check out all the crazy couture from the 2013 Met Gala below -- you won't believe some of the looks your favorite celebs sported!


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