Top 5 Best-Dressed Women in Hollywood

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Hollywood’s constant whirl of press junkets, photo shoots and red carpets requires stars to don a dizzying array of designer outfits. Every actress makes a fashion misstep from time to time, but most manage to capture that classic Hollywood glamour. While actresses strive to make Hollywood’s “Best Dressed” lists every time they step in front of a camera, only a handful have the potential to join the ranks of Tinseltown’s style icons, which include Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe.

5 Emma Watson

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It may be early in Emma Watson’s Hollywood career, but this former child star is certainly exhibiting some of Hermione Granger’s intelligence through her fashion choices. Even in her youthful “Harry Potter” days, Watson knew that the look of a dress mattered more than its label, such as when she wore a label-less vintage ‘20s gown to the 2004 premiere of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Fast forward to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, where Watson demonstrated a knack for edgy elegance in a little white Marchesa dress with jeweled cap sleeves that she paired with daring chrome heels.

4 Natalie Portman

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Whether the gowns she wears are vintage or modern, Natalie Portman keeps her style current by selecting the best looks from both designers du jour and renowned fashion houses. Take the stunning pink frock that Viktor & Rolf boldly adorned with the vibrant red rose that a pregnant Portman wore to accept her award at the 2010 Annual Golden Globe Awards. On anyone else, this gown might’ve been a fashion misstep, but on Portman the dress was a success. In vintage, Portman also steals the show, such as when she wore the classic red with black polka dot Dior at the 2012 Annual Academy Awards.

3 Cate Blanchett

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While not every gown Cate Blanchett puts on merits a spot on Hollywood’s best-dressed lists, the graceful Australian has been earning her way into the fashion annals with a little help from just one fashion house—Armani. Blanchett wears enough Armani Privé for you to think she’s a spokesmodel for the designer. But she occasionally wears to-die-for dresses by other designers. Cate looked casually dramatic at the 2007 Golden Globes Awards in a black lace gown by Alexander McQueen. And who could forget the delicately adorned, pale lavender Givenchy Couture that Cate wore to the 2011 Academy Awards.

2 Halle Berry

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Halle Berry is one star who knows how to do risqué right. At the 2005 Golden Globes, Berry risked a wardrobe malfunction in a champagne-colored tiered-skirt Valentino with a one-shoulder neckline. And who could forget the iconic sheer burgundy gown by Elie Saab that kept her décolletage barely covered by florals when she accepted her Oscar in 2002. While Berry’s style often appears decadently daring, her clothes often suggest more nudity than they show.

1 Nicole Kidman

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No two words describe Nicole Kidman’s style better than classic elegance. Kidman accentuates her statuesque curves and red-blonde locks with timeless looks from the top fashion designers. Not only does she select outfits to enhance her own natural beauty, she selects frocks that fit the occasion she’s attending—such as the barely there handkerchief dress by Steinberg & Tolkien that she wore to the 1999 premiere of “Eyes Wide Shut.”

A former art instructor, high school counselor and party planner, Christine Bartsch has written fashion, travel, interior design and entertainment content since 2007. Bartsch holds a BFA in communications/psychology/fine arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. She's written screenplays for indie film productions and worked as the senior writer at a video game company.

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