The most stylish female celebrities manage to capture our attention with their stunning fashion choices. Whether it's a classic Hollywood red carpet style or a more bold, unique outfit worn for a night on the town, the women on this list are without a doubt one of a kind. They aren't afraid to take risks with their clothes, their hairstyles or with anything else for that matter. Sure, sometimes the risks don't pay off, but when they do? It's Hollywood gold -- and it's trend setting. In 2013, People Magazine dubbed Kerry Washington the best dressed female celebrity. What do you think? Be sure to vote up your favorites, and vote down those celebrities you think fall far short of the style mark. Also, if you have a favorite celebrity style icon, be sure to add them to the list!
Celebrities often have access to a slew of fashion designers and stylists to help them select the perfect outfits, but even with that, some celebs just can't pull it all together. Not so for the stylish female celebs on this list. Each one demonstrates the confidence to rock almost anything - even things that other actresses, musicians and/or models would never, ever wear. Examples? Let's talk about the cool, trendy style of Gwen Stefani or Sarah Jessica Parker. Or how about the extraordinary style of Beyonce, Charlize Theron or Penelope Cruz? And then there's Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge. She exudes style wherever she goes, and she sets trends in a major way. Kate's hair, for example, is one of the most copied celebrity hairstyles of 2012
Anyone who knows fashion will tell you that this is the key: great fashion involves more than just awesome clothes - it's also about attitude, whether it's owning the Oscars red carpet
or just running to Starbucks on a lazy Sunday. Photogs are everywhere, so most A-list celebrities rarely throw on sweatpants and a dirty t-shirt to get their caffeine fix. They do, however, occasionally miss the mark (see: Angelina Jolie's right leg, but that was more of a pose issue than a fashion "don't"). But, all is usually forgiven, because these women are consistent in their stylish choices.
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