Another year has quickly come and gone, and with it a slew of fashionably minded celebrity fashionistas have shared some of their best looks with us over the course of the last twelve months. There were several style standouts during 2011, but none were as consistent as the following five women who top our ‘Best Dressed Ladies of 2011′ list. In no particular order, of course.
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While her big sis is redefining maternity style, Solange Knowles continues to effortlessly push the boundaries of fashion as only she can. Whether you love her style or you hate it, you can’t deny that Solange never met a fashion risk that she wasn’t willing to take. What defines her style is that she obviously wears what she likes, in the process setting trends, instead of following them.
A few Solange Knowles style staples include bold hues, bolder prints, and always, always a bold shoe to tie it all together.
Jennifer Hudson burst onto the scene in 2011 with a new body, a new attitude, and a new wardrobe to go right along with. The singer/actress has never had as strong a style year as she did in 2011. She famously dropped several dress sizes through the help of Weight Watchers, and in the process discovered a new love of fashion.
Jennifer was the belle of the proverbial fashion ball, being gifted with looks from designers left and right, and even traveling across the world to participate style events like Tokyo’s Fashions Night Out.
Her top looks varied from floor length gowns to leather skater dresses, but one thing they all had in common was they perfectly showed off her fab figure.
Tennis ace Serena Williams spent most of the 2010 fashion season sitting front row at shows beside Vogue Magazine editor-in-charge Anna Wintour, so it’s no surprise that 2011 was a good style year for the athlete. She walked several red carpets, turning heads at every event she attended.
Despite nursing a foot injury for part of the year, Serena even managed to keep up a mean shoe game. She continued to push her personal style boundaries, upping the fashion ante with cropped tops, leather, and bright colors.
Ciara has a body that just won’t quit, so it makes sense that her style motto for 2011 was, “If you got it, flaunt it.” The R&B singer has legs that go on for days, and many of her fashion choices showcased them to perfection.
Her thigh high snakeskin Emilio Pucci boots, bright red Alexandre Vauthier couture dress, and leather miniskirt all showed off what some might argue are Ciara’s best feature.
It wasn’t just her legs on display though. Cici also bared a little midriff with on trends looks that included cutout dresses, and cropped tops.
During what has to be one of the most watched/anticipated/debated celebrity pregnancies in a very long time, Beyoncé Knowles has taken her already well documented love of fashion, and transformed the maternity style world one non-traditional pregnancy outfit at a time. Forget oversized dresses and flats, Bey refuses to sacrifice her look for ‘expected’ mom-to-be gear.
Her shoe game is as on point as ever; she’s still rocking the four-inch-plus heels. She hasn’t let go of the figure hugging dresses; she’s proudly showing off her ever growing baby bump. And she hasn’t let her larger size put an end to her love of all things shiny; glitter and sequins have made several eye catching appearances in her wardrobe.
Most women view pregnancy as a time to relax and dress for comfort, but Beyoncé has instead remained on the forefront of fashion, using the time a fresh opportunity for style expression.
You can’t have a ‘best dressed’ list without actress Zoe Saldana making an appearance on it. Ever since her breakout red carpet run during the promotion of 2009′s Star Trek reboot, Zoe has yet to have fashion slow down. Her style is varied — from Balenciaga short sets to simple and sophisticated Michale Kors dresses — yet her high fashion looks are unified by an obvious knowledge of design and what works well together for her, and her body type.
Rihanna gets the award for artist who knows how to best reinvent her style. From the moment she burst onto the celebrity scene, Rihanna’s been a style chameleon, always switching up her look.
It’s how a pop artist stays current these days. Just when a look starts to get familiar, try something new. And for Rihanna in 2011, change included a bright red hairstyle, and daring fashion choices like the sheer white striped Jean Paul Gaulthier dress she wore to the Grammy Awards.
She most often offset her brightly colored hair with muted and monochromatic outfits. But on a few occasions she played up her bold hair with equally bold colored wardrobe pieces like the aqua and purple floral print Christian Dior gown she wore to the Brit Awards.
Don’t call it a comeback. Last, but certainly not least on our list of best dressed ladies of 2011 is singer/actress/dancer/all-around threat Jennifer Lopez. While her personal life hit a few bumps this year, Jennifer had a career resurgence this year with the release of a hit album and a successful first year run as a judge on American Idol.
Jenny from the block has always been a red carpet head turner, and she made sure we didn’t forget that with several attention commanding looks. Whether she was baring thighs, or midriffs, or was glittering in sequins, Jennifer was at the top of her style game.
Actress Kerry Washington is another fashion designer darling, often seen sitting front row during the various Fashion Weeks. And it’s easy to see why she counts some of the fashion industry’s brightest stars among her personal friends, when she wears their designs so well.
Kerry’s looks tend to skew toward the high fashion end of the style spectrum, never without a hint of sex appeal, but always tastefully executed.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
It’s not easy being First Lady, especially a fashion conscious one. When your husband is Head of State, being concerned with style can easily be misinterpreted as a frivolous hobby. But somehow First Lady Michelle Obama manages toe the line between showing an interest and awareness of fashion, yet not overly so.
Considering the conservative atmosphere under which Mrs. O’s fashion choices are made, she gets points for simply having a distinctive style aesthetic at all. That she looks great, too, and makes it look effortless is an added bonus.