Kerry Washington

Whether she's tackling political corruption in TV's Scandal or slavery in the antebellum-era South in the Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, Kerry Washington is surely gathering buzz thanks to her phenomenal performances. But at the Who What Wear offices--thanks to her uber-sleek fashion sense--she's the subject of many a style-minded discussion. From boldly adventurous red-carpet choices to casually chic off-duty looks, we're as impressed with Washington's personal style as we are with her on-screen talent. We asked her to curate her must-haves as our January Guest Editor, so continue reading to find out what they are.Roger Vivier Prismick Mini Bag ($2650, 212.861.5371)
Washington's go-to bag for the season? Something that's bright and attention-grabbing, like this Roger Vivier purse. Its gold accents and quilted geometric pattern will jazz up even a laid-back weekend look. Marc by Marc Jacobs' Red Snakeskin Katie Bracelet Clutch ($330) offers an equally chic, affordable alternative.

Isabel Marant Itsa Blazer ($865, 323.651.1493, available in March)
When you're an in-demand actress with a full plate, your wardrobe needs to be functional as well as fashionable. Enter: the polished blazer. Washington's partial to Isabel Marant's printed rendition. "She's always changing things up every season, but every piece is unique and actually comfortable," Washington explains.

TOMS Marisol Sunglasses ($129)
When you purchase a pair of TOMS glasses, the company helps give eye care to someone in need. Just another reason why Washington approves of these sleek, oversized shades.

Theodora & Callum Purple Multi Kenya Tie All Scarf ($175)
Washington's been spotted wrapped in Theodora & Callum's vibrant scarves before, so including this stunning new print in her roundup was a no-brainer. In addition to enlivening a transitional winter-to-spring outfit, it's also big enough to serve as a swimsuit cover-up.

Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum ($79)
Washington's not only a fan of Lady Gaga's music--she also loves the singer's fragrance, an intoxicating blend of incense, apricot, honey, and jasmine.

MiH Jeans The Phoebe Jeans ($250) in Grover
While Washington glams it up on the red carpet in feminine looks--a crystal-embellished Miu Miu dress or a coral frock paired with metallic shoes--she also appreciates a well-made pair of jeans. She choose MiH Jeans' slouchy pair for its excellent boyfriend fit.

The Tools: Transform Your Problem into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity ($14) by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
If Washington's recommending this book, written by two therapists, as a way to realize your full potential, we're certainly adding it to our must-read list.

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 13 Look 29 & Mary Katrantzou S/S 13 Look 16
Washington's a front-row fixture at fashion shows, so we knew her runway picks would be on-point. The actress admired Stella McCartney's sleek jumpsuit. "It's great for dancing, and her tailoring is always impeccable," Washington says. "She knows how to make something not only look great, but feel great. It'd be great to accessorize this with some fun, edgy gold and metal jewelry." Mary Katrantzou's colorful frock also caught Washington's eye as a potential movie premiere outfit. "She's the print master and an exciting new talent," Washington says.

Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 Pointy Toe Pumps ($625, 310.947.0300) in Black Patent
Like every stylesetter, Washington relies on a timeless pair of black pumps. Christian Louboutin's heels are extra alluring in shiny patent leather. For a wallet-friendly alternative, try Stuart Weitzman's Dagger High Heel Pumps ($183).

J.Crew Perfect Fit Ballet Button Tee ($33, available in February)
We're always on a quest to find perfectly fitted t-shirts, and it looks like Washington is, too. J.Crew's version comes in an eye-catching hue, and we also love the flattering scoop-neck detail.

Solange Azagury-Partridge Skeleton 18-karat Blackened White Gold Diamond Ring ($14800)
Washington's a fan of jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge, so she selected this elegant bauble to round out her picks. Crafted from blackened white gold and diamonds, it's unquestionably luxe and a true investment piece. If you don't want to splurge just yet, opt for Ippolita's Faceted Pave Diamond Ring ($695).--Tiffany Tse

Photo of Kerry Washington, courtesy of Getty Images; Stella McCartney runway photo, courtesy of Stella McCartney; Mary Katrantzou runway photo, courtesy of Imax Tree.