While some celebrities made a lasting impression during the awards season, other have consistently shown that they either have great taste or know how to choose a stylist that’s on top of their game.
See the best dressed celebrities of 2014, and choose your favorite for the title of best dressed star of the year. From Lupita Nyong’o’s flawless streak of fashion choice to Rihanna’s bold choices, here are the celebrities who really made a big fashion statement this year.
With more appearances on best dressed list than most actresses twice her age, Lupita Nyong’o started the year on a great note, with her Ralph Lauren dress at the Golden Globes, and continued to improve.
After co-designing her dress for the Academy Awards, the “12 Years a Slave” actress teamed up with Prada and her looks continued to impress throughout the year.
Topping People magazine’s Best Dressed List wasn’t completely surprising, since Taylor Swift’s fashion choices have matured along with her music. She’s one of the best dressed celebrities of 2014, and even Karlie Kloss, one of the best dressed models in the business, claimed that she has plenty to learn from the singer.
Kerry Washington lost out on the top spot in People’s Best Dressed List this year, but she gained plenty of fans for her bold choices in pregnancy fashion. While she had plenty of winning looks on the red carpet, her most memorable ones include the Jason Wu dress she wore at the Academy Awards and her daring crop top from the SAG Awards.
She’s not only one of the best dressed celebrities of 2014, Blake Lively is also her own stylists. While others stars end up on the worst dressed list even with the help of a professional, the actress managed to shine throughout the year with a series of great fashion choices, from her Gucci Première Met Gala gown to her trendy pregnancy looks.
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Making Vanity Fair’s The 2014 International Best-Dressed List, Emma Watson managed to show both a sophisticated and a more risky side of her fashion sense this year. She was fearless in Christian Dior Couture at the Golden Globes, reviving the dress over pants trend, but she also managed to pull off plenty of incredible looks for the “Noah” premieres.
Since most of her red carpet looks put her in a league of her own, Beyoncé is one of the best dressed celebrities of 2014, but that honor was also earned thanks to her fabulous choice of tour costumes. Queen Bey impressed at the Grammys in a Michale Costello dress, brought class to the MTV VMAs in a gorgeous Nicolas Jebran gown, and her tour outfits looked like a runway show each night.
Earning the top stop on Vanity Fair’s list of best dressed celebrities this year, Cate Blanchett rarely makes a bad choice on the red carpet. However, she elevated her style this year with the Armani Privé gown from the Golden Globes and made the same choice of designer for her gorgeous Academy Awards gown.
While she deserves a spot on the best dressed celebrities of 2014 just for her sheer dress worn at the CFDA Fashion Awards, Rihanna always takes risks and pushes boundaries with her look. This year’s highlights for the single also include starting the double-bag trend and rocking an oversized Stella McCartney tuxedo blazer at the 2014 British Fashion Awards.
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A constant presence in Vogue magazine’s weekly best dressed lists, Emma Stone has taken her style to the next level this year. Her fashion highlights of the year include the green Valentino gown she wore at the Venice Film Festival, and almost every single one of her looks for “The Amazing Spider-Man” premieres and photocalls.
The “Downton Abbey” actress was also on the Vanity Fair list of best dressed celebrities of 2014, and she definitely deserves the praise. She impressed at the Golden Globes in Oscar de la Renta, and took big risks that paid off at the SAG Awards, with a J. Mendel tuxedo inspired gown, and at the Emmys with a Rosie Assoulin gown.