You may have noticed there’s rarely a stylish celebrity outfit that we miss, especially when it comes to a handful of women who consistently seem to be comfortable in what they’re wearing, know what suits their bodies and their sense of style, set trends on a regular basis, and regularly don all the latest, most enviable pieces. It’s those qualities that earn this group of women our classification of the best dressed celebrities of 2016.
Time and time again throughout the past year, these 17 women wore looks both on and off the red carpet that blew us away and prompted us to write story upon story about the outfit tricks they used, new trends they tried, and fresh spins they put on both the latest pieces and the most classic (e.g., skinny jeans and ankle boots). Curious to see if you agree with our picks?
Keep scrolling to check out the 17 celebrities we couldn’t get enough of this year, and be sure to tell us in the comments if there’s anyone that you think we left out!
On Bella Hadid: Roberto Cavalli dress.
Bella Hadid had a breakout year, in both her modeling career and interest in her personal style. It's become the norm to see daily reports on her latest edgy model-off-duty outfits.
On Margot Robbie: Rosetta Getty dress.
Robbie was out and about more than ever this year, thanks to her high-profile role in Suicide Squad. Her risk-taking wardrobe for the lengthy press tour contained one stunning look after another. She undoubtedly became a fashion girl this year, with the help of top celebrity stylist Kate Young.
On Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham Half Moon Leather Shoulder Bag ($2500).
Being both a major player in the fashion industry, thanks to her eponymous line, and the subject of everyone's Spice Girl–loving nostalgic side, Beckham is always in the spotlight. Her signature sophisticated style keeps getting better as she introduces things like sneakers(!) into her wardrobe.
On Kate Middleton: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Finella Dress ($1577).
The always-luminous Middleton had a banner year, continuing her mission to mix both high and low pieces like a pro. With the world watching her every sartorial move, she continued to live up to everyone's high expectations of her looks for her many public appearances.
When it comes to models with exceptional off-duty style, Huntington-Whiteley is at the top of our list. Whether she's catching a flight or heading to the gym, her polished outfits are always worthy of copying.
On Alexa Chung: Dior top and skirt.
Simply put, fashion girls love Alexa Chung. The quintessential cool British girl routinely introduces us to new styling tricks and outfit ideas. She has fun with fashion, and isn't that what it's all about?
On Kendall Jenner: Elizabeth and James McKinley Oval Acetate Sunglasses ($159); Local Authority T-shirt; Gucci Belt with Double G Buckle ($390); Stella McCartney The 70s Flare Jeans ($390); Louis Vuitton boots.
It goes without saying that Jenner is one of the reigning It girls of 2016. She can be accredited with starting a slew of trends as a result of her risk-taking cool girl aesthetic and the public's intense interest in every outfit she chooses.
We'll never grow tired of Olivia Palermo and her perfectly polished style. Fashion girls are enamored with her because she loves mixing fast fashion and the latest designer pieces, she clearly has a thing for accessories, and her outfits are accessible enough to re-create.
On Selena Gomez: Louis Vuitton dress.
This was a breakout year for Gomez. She started working with top celebrity stylist Kate Young, became one of the faces of Louis Vuitton, and the most followed person on Instagram. Her fresh new grown-up look keeps getting better.
On Lily Aldridge: Jill Stuart top.
Based on her constant stream of chic, forward outfits, Aldridge clearly loves fashion. Her outfits are always flawless, whether she's wearing heels and a gown or sneakers and track pants. We regularly look to the top model for fresh outfit inspiration.
On Rihanna: The Dolls House jumpsuit.
With multiple collaborations (Puma, Manolo Blahnik, and Dior) this year, Rihanna has solidified her place as a major player in the fashion industry, and her edgy, directional looks reflected this.
On Karlie Kloss: Louis Vuitton dress and boots.
Kloss's ability to rock both preppy and glamorous outfits with ease while staying true to her effortless sensibility did not go unnoticed this year. We're particularly enamored with the way the model continues to find cool new ways to wear flats for both casual and dressy occasions.
On Chrissy Teigen: Victoria, Victoria Beckham pants.
Teigen, another member of the Monica Rose clan, can always be counted on for on-point date-night outfits. The heels-loving new mom knows what works for her and wears everything with confidence.
Emma Roberts has mastered the cool L.A. girl look, and the Scream Queens actress has proven herself a reliable source of accessible outfit ideas. She effortlessly mixes Forever 21 with Proenza Schouler and routinely finds cool new ways to style her denim.
On Amal Clooney: Gucci dress.
The beauty of Amal Clooney's style is that her boss-lady looks are as strong as her date-night looks with husband George Clooney. She follows the latest trends and makes them work seamlessly with her busy lifestyle.
On Dakota Johnson: Gucci jacket, dress, handbag, and Leather Ankle Boots ($1590).
Johnson's affinity for directional pieces paired with denim and sneakers or ankle boots proves her love of both high fashion and being comfortable. As Johnson's star continues to rise, so do her cool-girl sartorial skills.
Let us know who was your favourite look in the comments below!