Over the past seven years, we’ve covered countless stylish women on Who What Wear, but 2013 has been particularly special. A group of celebrities and tastemakers consistently impressed us with their impactful interpretations of trends and ability to captivate on the red carpet. Today, we’re tipping our hats to these 50 true style stars with a look at their most memorable sartorial moments.
The Biggest 50 Style Stars Of The Year
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Whether they’re pushing the envelope with daring looks (Rihanna and Cara Delevingne) or dressing flawlessly for their age (Chloe Grace Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld), these ladies all had a major year. Click through now for our complete list of honorees!
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WHO: Ahna O’Reilly
WHAT: With nine buzzy project this year—including CBGB and James Franco’s directorial debut, As I Lay Dying—the beauty is poised to be the next big thing.
WEAR: Though she is just starting to break out onto the scene, O’Reilly has already hit the red carpet wearing heavyweight designers like Valentino, Thakoon, and Christian Dior.
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WHO: Alexa Chung
WHAT: Author of It, co-host of nightly-music show Fuse News, and long-standing trendsetter.
WEAR: There’s a reason the cheeky Brit has appeared in over 40 Who What Wear stories this year: she never misses the mark when it comes to current trends. When the red carpet calls, Chung answers stylishly with ladylike silhouettes and prim footwear.
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WHO: Ashley Olsen
WHAT: Full House cutie turned fashion mogul.
WEAR: Not surprisingly, Olsen is partial to The Row, serving as the de facto postergirl for the label’s luxe minimalism. The more polished Olsen twin (although Mary-Kate is catching up), she favors all-black ensembles and tailored, borrowed-from-the-boys looks.
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WHO: Ashley Madekwe
WHAT: The Revenge star/fashion blogger turns heads in Hollywood with her ahead-of-the-pack style.
WEAR: A quick scroll through her site, Ring My Bell, reveals that Madekwe’s a pro when it comes to mixing high and low pieces (Balenciaga moto jacket here, Topshop sweater there). She also has an uncanny knack for styling pieces that sound outlandish on paper, say, a cropped foil sweatshirt, in a totally fresh and relatable way.
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WHO: Behati Prinsloo
WHAT: A Victoria’s Secret Angel and the future Mrs. Adam Levine.
WEAR: The South African beauty is known for her off-duty style (think: combat boots, leather jackets, and lots of floral dresses) although she cleans up quite nicely for the red carpet too.
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WHAT: She’s Queen B. No introduction necessary.
WEAR: Between a world tour and taking care of Blue Ivy, it’s been a busy year for Beyonce, yet the superstar still looked bootylicious around the clock. Some of her style highlights from the year include the crop that rocked Instagram, bold monochrome at the Grammy’s, and polka dot perfection in Paris.
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WHO: Cara Delevigne
WHAT: Supermodel and the fashion industry’s new favorite enfant terrible.
WEAR: Burberry has served Delevigne well this year. The model hit a home run at the Met Ball in a custom gown by the label and her lace dress at Cannes, also by Burberry, literally took our breath away. Now if only she would curb her tattoo habit. Eh, maybe not.
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WHO: Chloe Grace Moritz
WHAT: Teen star with grown up talent
WEAR: It hasn’t taken the 16-year-old Carrie actress long to find her sartorial footing in the spotlight, with looks that range from playful, like Christopher Kane dress she wore to the Teen Choice Awards to slightly daring (see: the Dolce & Gabbana mini she wore this summer on The Today Show).
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WHO: Dakota Fanning
WHAT: Find the film festival favorite in Night Moves.
WEAR: It’s hard to believe we’ve been watching Fanning on the red carpet since she was seven-years-old! At 19, the actress has officially hit her sartorial stride in noteworthy off-the-runway pieces from Versace, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Rodarte.
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WHO: Dree Hemingway
WHAT: Ernest Hemingway’s great granddaughter is currently the face of Gap and David Yurman.
WEAR: While the model/actress relies on cool-girl standbys, like graphic tees, leather skinnies, and ankle boots, for fashion events, she’s a pro when it comes to full-on red carpet glamour, too.
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WHO: Diane Kruger
WHAT: The star of The Bridge on FX and a best-dressed list mainstay.
WEAR: The style-setter has never met a trend she couldn’t conquer and this year was no exception. She made thigh-high boots look like a breeze, went mad for plaid, and even tackled mismatched earrings. And that was all just in September.
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WHO: Elizabeth Olsen
WHAT: The youngest Olsen stars opposite Daniel Radcliffe in this month’s Kill Your Darlings.
WEAR: It’s always a delight to see this indie darling on the film festival circuit, and this year she didn’t disappoint with top-notch looks in Toronto (Proenza Schouler) and at Comic-Con (Balenciaga). With a simply chic approach to fashion, Olsen’s repertoire is consistently polished and refreshing.
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WHO: Elle Fanning
WHAT: The Rodarte muse’s next big project is starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent.
WEAR: Following in her older sister’s footsteps, Fanning proved herself a real style star. While the 15-year-old’s sensibilities have grown up quite a bit over the years—we love that she’s willing to take risks with bold prints and modern silhouettes—her ability to put a fresh and age-appropriate spin on current trends remains constant.
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WHO: Emma Roberts
WHAT: The always-working actress is American Horror Story’s new witch on the block.
WEAR: Honing a style sensibility that sits at the nexus of California casual and downtown edginess, Roberts gives saturated pastels cool cred and never met a bold print she didn’t like.
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WHO: Gwen Stefani
WHAT: The singer collaborated on seven new nail polishes for OPI, which launch in January.
WEAR: Stefani has embraced many styles over the years, but we’ve really grown to love her current haute rocker look best. Eye-catching prints, touch-chic ankle boots, and quirky eyewear are wardrobe regulars for the songstress, who killed it in custom Maison Martin Margiela at the Met Gala.
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WHO: Emmy Rossum
WHAT: The Shameless actress has several film projects in the pipeline including the anticipated tearjerker, You’re Not You (2014), in which she co-stars with Ali Larter and Josh Duhamel.
WEAR: Rossum is drawn to ladylike frocks that flatter her figure and don’t upstage her natural, doe-eyed beauty. Floral prints and jewel tones are her most recent go-to’s.
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WHO: Hailee Steinfeld
WHAT: The young starlet is back in a big way with Romeo and Juliet and Ender’s Game.
WEAR: This year, Steinfeld booked it to the fashion spotlight and proved she can hang with style heavyweights in a series of It girl looks. There was the matching Suno situation at the CFDA Awards, the studded Donna Karan dress at the Met Gala, and of course, the straight-from-the-S/S 14-runways Prabal Gurung patchwork masterpiece.
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WHO: Jaime King
WHAT: The model-turned-actress is Hart of Dixie’s resident southern belle.
WEAR: Whether she’s serving up hard-edged androgyny in a Topshop tuxedo or channeling Old Hollywood glamour in a plunging Jason Wu gown, the Hitchcock blonde rarely makes a style misstep on the red carpet. Not surprisingly given her days as a catwalk queen, King knows her way around a fashion closet.
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WHO: Jennifer Lawrence
WHAT: The Oscar winner and face of Miss Dior will return as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire next month.
WEAR: Lawrence will soon embark on a promotional tour for the second installment of The Hunger Games, and if it’s anything like her stunning Golden Globes and Oscars appearances, we can’t expect plenty of awe-inspiring Dior moments ahead.
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WHO: Jessica Alba
WHAT: The actress, author, and founder of The Honest Company returns to the big screen in A.C.O.D. and the crime thriller Machete Kills, both out this month.
WEAR: From the melon Oscar de la Renta trumpet gown at the Golden Globes to the custom laser-cut leather Tory Burch dress at the Metal Gala to the sultry yellow Versace number at the Spike TV Guys Awards, Alba has dominated 2013.
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WHO: Jessica Biel
WHAT: Her next project is The Truth About Emmanuel.
WEAR: Biel has it all: the career, the guy, and great style. As for the latter, the beauty stole the show at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Dior and Marchesa and wowed everyone at the Met Gala in Giambattista Valli, confirming once again that she’s mastered sophisticated style.
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WHO: Julianne Hough
WHAT: The Dancing With The Stars alum is starring opposite Russell Brand in Paradise.
WEAR: The haircut seen ‘round the world! Hough popped up on our radar the minute she chopped off her locks and proved that a) she’s always game for a new beauty look and b) she has an incredible eye for fashion, too. The latter is reflected in both her recent sartorial choices and footwear collection for Sole Society.
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WHO: Kate Bosworth
WHAT: The newlywed hit the indie circuit with her latest film Big Sur, directed by husband Michael Polish.
WEAR: When the actress wasn’t busy designing a capsule collection for Topshop, she was turning heads in big-name designers like Burberry, Giambattista Valli, and Proenza Schouler.
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WHO: Kate Mara
WHAT: Don’t miss Rooney’s older sis in the Netflix original series House Of Cards, which returns for a second season in 2014.
WEAR: With a killer smokey eye and sleek J. Mendel dress, Mara was easily our favorite on the Emmys red carpet. But that’s not the only place the actress has shined this year. Who could forget that canary Christian Dior dress from the London premiere of House of Cards, or the Prada bow-embellished gown from the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner?
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WHO: Kate Moss
WHAT: The supermodel and style icon recently added British Vogue Contributing Editor to her resume.
WEAR: From leopard print coats to slip dresses, virtually everything Moss touches turns to on-trend. A style chameleon, the best-dressed catwalker’s looks run the gamut from ladylike to luxe.
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WHO: Katy Perry
WHAT: Pop star par excellence and the woman who may have finally tamed John Mayer.
WEAR: On stage and on the red carpet, this was the year that Katy Perry roared. Her ferocious fashion choices included a regal Met ball dress, a bold Chanel frock, and sharp talons worthy of a true queen of the jungle.
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WHO: Kelly Osbourne
WHAT: Co-host on E!’s The Fashion Police.
WEAR: Osbourne’s job is critiquing celebrity style, so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. So what is successful for her? Body-conscious dresses that perfectly hug her figure and feature of-the-moment details like edgy cutouts.
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WHO: Kerry Washington
WHAT: The Bronx-born actress has hit her stride as Scandal’s Olivia Pope.
WEAR: Topping People’s best-dressed list this year, Washington is a style risktaker whose out-on-a-limb red carpet looks almost never miss the mark.
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WHO: Kiernan Shipka
WHAT: The almost 14-year-old is Mad Men’s mischievous Sally Draper.
WEAR: Shipka may be breaking all the rules as Don Draper’s daughter, but off camera, she’s doing everything right. The style-icon-in-training embraces the correct look for her years flawlessly in a mix of charming, fit-and-flare confections.
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WHO: Lena Dunham
WHAT: The Emmy award-wining creator and star of HBO’s Girls, which returns for a third season January 2014.
WEAR: Dunham is wonderfully witty and ridiculously talented, that part you know, but she also deserves accolades in the fashion department. Never one to shy away from a dramatic red carpet moment (Prada! Zac Posen!), the writer/director finds the perfect balance between quirky cool and glamorous.
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WHO: Lily Collins
WHAT: Between her sweet disposition and killer brows, the fresh-faced actress has us wrapped around her little finger.
WEAR: The 24-year-old is young enough to have fun with trends while sophisticated enough to know what suits her. Such a fruitful combination yields looks that are always on point and never boring. To wit, her press campaign this summer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was a style tour de force.
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WHO: Mandy Moore
WEAR: When we invited Moore into our fashion closet, it didn’t take long to see that the she knows her way around current trends. Though a self-proclaimed t-shirt and jeans girl at heart, Moore can just as easily pull off a bold event look or tough-luxe leather.
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WHO: Mary-Kate Olsen
WHAT: One-half of the powerhouse that is Olsen Twin Inc.
WEAR: Generally considered the edgier sister, Mary-Kate seems to have turned over a more sophisticated leaf, style-wise. Case(s) in point: the vintage Issey Miyake dress she wore to the 2013 CFDA Awards and her polished The Row look at The Fresh Air Fund party.
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WHO: Mindy Kaling
WHAT: The former Office alum created (and stars in) The Mindy Project.
WEAR: Fox’s resident funny gal is a self-proclaimed style fanatic—she documents her fashion finds on Instagram—and is a bit of a beauty junkie, too. Last month, she wowed everyone at the 2013 Emmys in a gorgeous plum Georges Chakra gown.
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WHO: Miranda Kerr
WHAT: The supermodel runs a successful organic skincare line on the side and, rumor has it, is now also keen to act.
WEAR: Kerr could wear a paper bag and still turn heads, so we applaud her effort to cultivate a personal style. A regular feature on WWW, she gravitates towards feminine silhouettes with the occasional piece that showcases her seriously sexy bod.
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WHO: Nicole Richie
WHAT: The House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate designer brings her laugh-out-loud Twitter feed to life in the AOL series #CandidlyNicole.
WEAR: Richie’s unfiltered sense of humor is as infectious as her statement-making style. She may favor vintage denim and ankle boots off the clock, but make no mistake, she knows how to amp up the wow factor on the red carpet. Needn’t we remind you of her Marc Jacobs gold lame dress at the CFDA Awards?
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WHO: Olivia Wilde
WHAT: Catch her in this year’s Drinking Buddies and Rush.
WEAR: Wilde was good to the red carpet this year—very good. The beauty brought her A-game in everything from a custom tuxedo (sans shirt!) to a graphic tee and pencil skirt combo to a midriff-baring Calvin Klein Collection number.
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WHO: Olivia Palermo
WHAT: The New York socialite is making a business out looking fabulous.
WEAR: Arguably the biggest star in the street style filament, Palermo’s genius lies in styling accessible pieces in novel, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ways. Hewing to a pretty and polished sensibility, she favors knee-skimming skirts and skinny leather trousers, and she’s never met a belt she didn’t like.
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WHO: Rachel Bilson
WHAT: Hart of Dixie’s city doctor gone country, Zoe Hart, and co-designer of ShoeMint.
WEAR: Whether she’s experimenting with texture or bold eye makeup, the longtime reader favorite continues to earn major style and beauty points. Not to mention, she has the best red carpet mantra!
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WHO: Rachel Zoe
WHAT: The star stylist parlayed her fashion know-how into a 360° brand complete with a fashion label and a popular style website.
WEAR: The woman who introduced boho chic to the masses these days favors a more tailored look that includes sleek pants suits, slinky cocktail dresses, and lots of fur trim.
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WHO: Rashida Jones
WHAT: The Oscar nominated actress stars as Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation.
WEAR: With stylist Brad Goreski helping out behind-the-scenes, Jones has seriously stepped up her sartorial game. (She was spotted front row at Rodarte, Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, and Band of Outsiders during NYFW last month!) And we love the fact that she’s not afraid to take risks in the wardrobe department, whether it’s experimenting with electric hues or taking cues from the boys.
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WHAT: The singer’s new reality television show Styled To Rock premieres on Bravo October 25th.
WEAR: Whether she’s bringing back the ‘90s fly girl look or designing a second collection for River Island, one thing’s for sure: RiRi doesn’t follow the trends, she sets them. Thanks to the singer’s risk-taker sensibilities, plunging necklines and provocative cutouts have become red carpet standards.
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WHO: Rita Ora
WHAT: The British songbird and fashion world darling is currently hard at work on her second album.
WEAR: When it comes to fashion, Ora has a flair for the theatrical, turning up on the red carpet in bold graphics, poppy colors, and eye-catching ensembles. Not surprisingly, her makeup, like the cat eye-gone-wild look she wore to the GQ Men of the Year awards, is similarly high drama.
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WHO: Rooney Mara
WHAT: The star of David Fincher’s adaptation of the Millennium (that's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy's official name) series and Terrence Malick’s new muse.
WEAR: The discerning star has a shown a strong preference for Givenchy on the red carpet, choosing to wear the label to virtually all the big ticket events (including the Oscars and the Met Ball) this year. Could an ad campaign be in the works?
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WHO: Rose Byrne
WHAT: The Aussie battles angry spirits in Insidious: Chapter 2.
WEAR: On the red carpet and in real life, Byrne is like a breath of fresh air. Her directional fashion choices range from dreamy floral frocks to sultry bare-midriff ensembles. No matter the look, one thing always remains the same: her feminine-yet-unfussy aesthetic.
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WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
WHAT: The supermodel and actress will co-star alongside Charlize Theron and Mel Gibson in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.
WEAR: A favorite in the WWW offices, Huntington-Whiteley is known for her elevated, model off-duty vibe (think: suede ankle boots, perfect-fit skinny jeans, boho dresses). An Isabel Marant acolyte, she’s often spotted in the cool girl Parisian label.
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WHO: Selena Gomez
WHAT: The Spring Breakers actress released her first solo and number one album, Stars Dance, in July.
WEAR: Gomez turned 21 this year and officially shed her wholesome image for a more grown-up, fashion-forward look. Cue the body-conscious silhouettes, bare-midriffs, and cutout dresses.
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WHO: Solange Knowles
WHAT: Beyonce’s little sister is a star in her own right with serious music chops and an eccentric fashion sense.
WEAR: We love a girl who has fun with fashion and that’s Knowles to a tee. The singer/DJ prefers noisy prints, off-kilter color combos, and tribal jewelry but it’s her wildly chic afro that never fails to steal the spotlight.
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WHO: Taylor Swift
WHAT: The pop country crooner serves jerky ex-boyfriends their just desserts via chart-topping hits.
WEAR: Swift’s style just keeps getting better. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t love her red phase last year (marketing vehicle or no) and now were crushing hard on her side-swept bangs. The consummate all-American girl, she shines in floral frocks, stripe-y tees, and Keds, for whom she even designed a capsule collection.
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WHO: Zooey Deschanel
WHAT: The actress/singer behind HelloGiggles plays the offbeat Jess on Fox’s New Girl, now in its third season.
WEAR: Chalk it up to her quirky personality, affinity for themed nail art, or whimsical style, but Deschanel is loveable in every way. With charming and retro-inspired party dresses on heavy rotation, we can always count on a sweetly feminine fashion moment.