2013: The Best Dressed List

From stylish newbies like Lupita Nyong'o to consistently chic go-to girls like Zoe Saldana, here's our list of the hottest dressed women of the year.

Celia L. Smith Dec, 13, 2013

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The 12 Years a Slave stunner is the newest kid on the carpet landing on everyone's "Best Dressed" list. Knocking every look she sports, out the park, including this angelic Prada gown, the actress is blazing a stylish path for herself.

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It was the year-in-chic for Kerry Washington with practically every red carpet moment. The Scandal star knows how to make any dress incredibly feminine and pretty, even this funky Vera Wang gown and leather gloves at this year's MET gala.

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Without trying too hard, Zoe Saldana always gets it. Whether it's modest midi dress or this Gucci gown that's simply spot-on, it's always a tasteful selection.

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First Lady Michelle Obama holds no punches when it comes to dressing. Whether it's a haute one-shoulder style at dinner or this off-the-shoulder Marchesa moment at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, she's just as fab as she wants to be.

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Naomie Harris takes chances on the red carpet, always lending her Euro-chic flair, which is what we love most. This gasp-worthy McQueen gilded peplum gown at a recent Mandela premiere sent us over the moon.

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We can always expect the unexpected from Rihanna, like a doobie wrap and a chic barely-there Jean Paul Gaultier Couture two-piece gown. But there's no denying, on the red carpet, she's always on point.

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Joan Smalls is not only slaying on the runway, but clearly on the red carpet. This Tom Ford lace gown at this year's MET gala says it all.

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Nicole Richie played out the punk theme fabulously in a custom beaded Topshop gown at this year's MET gala, but it was her frosted mane that really drove the look over-the-top!

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Industry vet, Naomi Campbell is still killing the competition as proven by this Gone With The Wind fabulousness by Zac Posen and a few other jaw-dropping gowns that graced her toned physique this year.

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While we're on the subject of Gone With The Wind, Solange Knowles blew every other look in the dust with this chiffon Stephan Rolland Haute Couture gown at the The Great Gatsby premiere in Cannes, France.

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It doesn't take much for a model to look flawless on the runway when you're being dressed by the best, but when you can step off of the catwalk and kill the red carpet, now we're talking. Chanel Iman is one of the few models that does it every time, this epic one-shoulder Julien MacDonald gown at the Glamour Women of The Year Awards being one of our faves.

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Since Ciara was adopted by the fashion world as a favorite, the singer has been serving nothing but bad ass looks from hair to heel (this one courtesy of J. Mendel).

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Our childhood sweetheart Brandy earned her ranks this year on the red carpet by trading in that wholesome girl next door look for some fierce fashion moments that include this lace Michael Cinco dress with Kempton by Priveledged lace-up boots.

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She may be young, but Zendaya Coleman is batting in the big leagues when it comes to red carpet dressing. This dreamy Donna Karan look from the AMA's is giving us serious Cher nostalgia.

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Zoe Kravitz kept it dark and vampy on the red carpet this year in a consistently polished way. One style, a Balenciaga cacoon-shaped dress, definitely brought the heat at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in L.A.

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Revenge beauty, Ashley Madekwe ceases every opportunity to get dressed-up, and for that matter she's absolutely chic 24-7. This gauzy printed Zimmerman dress is just one example of the many tricks she's got up her sleeve.

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This entrepreneur gets it from her mama (super stylish socialite and philanthropist Shelly Bronfman). DJ'ing at the swankiest parties in the hottest looks, this beauty never misses a beat!

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Thandie Newton has a certain je nais se quois that makes everything she wears looks so effortlessly fab –– this Giles Swarovski crystal embelished tulle cocktail dress, included.

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Quiet as kept, Garcelle Beauvais Nilon had some pretty awesome red carpet moments this year. This J. Mendel style was just one of the wow-worthy moments that stopped us in our tracks.

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Another newbie on the scene is Walking Dead's Danai Gurira. The actress lands red carpet looks that are just as bold and striking as her beauty. For example, she's wearing this Tadashi Shoji backless number like no other.


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