With the impending Emmy Awards tomorrow night, we thought this was the perfect time to rank Hollywood’s most stylish actresses—and we’re not talking ladies who just hire good stylists. These Tinseltown trendsetters are fashionable on and off the red carpet, with and without the help of a professional. From red-carpet newbies to seasoned veterans, check out 15 stars who take sartorial risks and give us major style inspiration.
Scroll down for our countdown of the most style-savvy actresses!
The stunning Aussie always stands out on the red carpet in unexpected directional looks.
On Byrne: Calvin Klein dress
Witherspoon’s affinity for bright colors suits her sunny personality. Even better, her flirty style is accessible yet chic.
On Witherspoon: Giambattista Valli Couture top and skirt; Christian Dior clutch; Christian Louboutin shoes
Madekwe, an actress and fashion blogger, embodies what a cool girl is. We love her edgy off-duty looks even more than her red carpet ensembles.
On Madekwe: Burberry jacket
Many women wish they could adopt Washington’s flattering, ultra-feminine style. The actress is fashionable on-screen as well—her alter ego Olivia Pope is easily one of the best-dressed women on television.
On Washington: Jason Wu dress
We’ve taken note of Dockery’s modern and understated style from the very beginning.
On Dockery: Barbara Casasola dress
Nyong’o’s crimson Ralph Lauren dress at the Golden Globes was the ultimate red carpet home run. The newcomer is clearly a sartorial risk-taker, and Vanity Fair agrees—they recently named her one of the year’s best-dressed.
On Nyong’o: Miu Miu jacket, shirt, and skirt
Stone always brings a touch of whimsy to the red carpet, often via Lanvin, while her charming off-duty looks usually involve a pair of Rag & Bone jeans and a hat.
On Stone: Lanvin dress
Hudson’s perfectly tailored dresses are always breathtaking, and lately we’ve noticed that her bohemian off-duty looks have become more polished (though no less fashionable).
On Hudson: Atelier Versace dress
Blonde bombshell Lively has never had a stylist, but when you count Christian Louboutin and Karl Lagerfeld among your closest friends, styling yourself probably isn’t an issue.
On Lively: Gucci dress
Saldana thinks outside the box when it comes to her outfits. Thanks to her model-like looks, she can pull off practically anything with grace.
On Saldana: Sachin + Babi top and skirt; Bruno Magli shoes
Let’s put it this way: Blanchett is as strong in the style department as she is in the acting department.
On Blanchett: Prada dress; Christian Louboutin shoes
The youngest fashionista on the list consistently manages to look appropriately youthful, fresh, and chic.
On Watson: J. Mendel jumpsuit
One reason why women love to copy Alba’s style? The fashion lover knows how to display the right amount of skin in a polished and tasteful way.
On Alba: Ralph Lauren dress
“I find it strange that someone would pick clothes out for you,” Kruger once said. The actress serves as her own stylist and uses her impeccable taste to create daring, fashion-forward ensembles.
On Kruger: Chanel dress
We’re huge fans of Bosworth, and with good reason. Though she often experiments with directional outfits, they’re always wearable with a youthful twist. Plus, she continues to inspire us with her effortless off-duty looks –a mix of high and low.
On Bosworth: Christian Dior dress
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