Cue the drumroll.
Oh, 2014. As we began reflecting on this past year, we started to realize something. There was a whole lot of nudity. A lot of it. Between Rihanna shining bright like a big butt-naked diamond and being booted off Instagram for her topless spread, to Kim Kardashian leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination and breaking the internet with PAPER magazine, freeing the nipple and pretty much everything else was the new black.
But when they were covered up, our favorite celebrities still managed to get our attention the old-fashioned way. Although they always show up and show out on the red carpet, personal style is a whole other story, one some stars are really good at telling.
We all had our favorites, but we managed to rank the best of the best over a not-so-heated debate, only because it was clear who killed the concrete catwalk with consistency. So, without further ado, we present our list of the very best dressed women of the year. Beg to differ? Drop us a comment below.
Honorable Mention: North West
But she’s only one-year-old! She doesn’t even dress herself! Yeah, well some of your favorite celebrities don’t dress themselves either. Ever heard of a stylist? So what, she just started walking not too long ago and we’ve never even heard her speak, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and we (and Karl Lagerfeld) have three: future of fashion. Thumbs up.
14. Chrissy Teigen
All of us love all of Chrissy, our best friend in our head and a model whose off-duty style is every bit as easygoing and fun as she is on social media. And anyone who brings bell bottoms back deserves three snaps of approval.
13. Emma Watson
The girl we once knew as Hermione Granger is all grown up, and with a wave of the wand, her wardrobe is the stuff of magic. At 24, she’s prim, she’s proper, and always so darn chic it hurts.
12. Cara Delevingne
It honestly doesn’t get any cooler than Cara. She’s the girl you want to be or be friends with, or at the very least share a closet with. We can only imagine all the designer duds that thing is full of, despite her knack for keeping things casual. When Cara does get all beautified, she does it well. On her days off, though, no one on the corner has swagger like her. We mean, haven’t you seen her pizza onesie?
Not a breakup nor a baby could shut down her body party. This year, CiCi became a newly single lady after giving birth to her chunky little monkey Future, and we’re pretty sure she’s never looked better. When she’s not busy balancing being a mommy and a musician, Ciara spends a lot of her time keeping us on our toes to see what she’ll wear next and getting ambushed outside of fashion shows while remaining perfectly poised in Valentino.
10. Olivia Palermo
Only Olivia can make walking the dog look this damn good. She’s been the apple of our sartorial eye for a very long time now, and every time she’s spotted pounding the streets of New York, it’s always in her most fab pair of heels. And lest we forget, she got married to her ridiculously handsome husband in a cashmere sweater because she is such a stylish boss.
Say what you want about Kendall and the rest of the Kardashian krew, but 2014 was hers for the taking. The top model distanced herself from her famous family and strutted right onto some of the most major runways and just about everywhere else with impeccably chic street style.
Allow us to remind you that J.Lo is 45 years old. She’s, like, aging backwards or something, but her personal style is only getting better. When she isn’t bumping booties with Iggy Azalea, or showing off her toned legs in Valentino, she’s baring her tight tummy and letting us all know that Jenny from the Block’s still got it.
7. Gwen Stefani
Gwen has finally blessed our ear buds with new tunes this year, but when it comes to the fashion, we’ve been praising her for awhile. She’s the ultimate street style inspo, the queen of cool on the concrete catwalk, and is always looking fashionably yummy head-to-toe.
We’re gonna let you finish, but ever since Yeezy taught her how to step her style game up, Kim’s sartorial choices do her body good. She’s found her formula and she’s sticking to it: figure-hugging dresses or top and skirt combos, and her favorite Hermes heels, with the occasional latex piece.
Beyoncé is not a “fashion” icon, and that’s fine. She’s just an icon, point. blank. period. No longer an elusive pop star, Mrs. Carter has come out from under her social media rock to spend more time than ever in the public eye–mostly in Topshop. And she’s fresher than youuuu. We know you care.
4. Rita Ora
At the beginning of the year, this Roc Nation songstress set out for global domination, and we can say with no hesitation that she’s conquered the world with the help of Adidas, DKNY, Roberto Cavalli, and many more. The red lipstick killa has stolen the hearts of fashion folk near and far, all thanks to her no-phucks-given approach.
We may or may not have an obsession with Z, but how could you not? With the help of her stylist Luxury Law, she’s been the best-dressed teen on the scene while always managing to be age appropriate in everything from Christian Siriano to Vivienne Westwood. Kids, (and a lot of you adults), take note.
Remember that one time Solo broke the internet? No, not the time shit went down when there was a billion dollars on the elevator, but the time she slayed all of our lives in six different wedding ensembles that made you “YAASS” to the high heavens? You remember. Oh, and her fashion is flawless every other day, too.
That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. But as long as she continues to leave her phucks and her bras at home, it never will. The Bajan beauty likes what she likes, whether it’s sexy sleepwear or covering her body in crystals or flower pasties, and quite frankly, we like it, too.
PHOTO CREDIT: Splash