The 25 Best Dressed Stars of 2012

While 2012 is nearly ancient history—and no, the world didn't end last week, as predicted by the Mayans—it's been a banner year for red carpet style. Some of our favorite well-attired singers released smash-hit albums (here's looking at you, Taylor Swift), while actresses embarked on international press tours for their latest films wearing stunning designer creations (oh hi, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Keira Knightley).

Click through to meet the 25 musicians, actors and models we think looked best this year. Do you agree with our picks? Let us know!

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Love her or hate her, the GOOP goddess never looks less than flawless—whether she's picking up her kids in skinny jeans and a Stella McCartney blazer, hitting a premiere makeup-free in Isabel Marant or wowing everyone in skin-baring Prada at the Met Gala.

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Michelle Obama

Let's hear it for our FLOTUS! Mrs. O consistently dresses to flatter her amazing figure, always appearing just conservative enough for the political world while simultaneously looking supremely stylish. She's also done a stellar job promoting fresh new American design talent, helping then-newbies like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung become household names.

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Kate Bosworth

With Kate's willowy physique, she could pull off even the trickiest-to-wear runway look—but the fact that she consistently selects the best designer dresses every single season? And then offsets them with her tried-and-true Isabel Marant booties, JewelMint baubles and cutoffs on her off-duty days? Sublime.

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Kate Middleton

The gorgeous mum-to-be's style secret? Mixing high street finds from Reiss and Zara with exquisite items from her favorite labels, like Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. Like Mrs. Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge favors demure looks, but her willingness to repeat her favorites on a regular basis earns her high marks.

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Diane Kruger

On 99.999 percent of the female population, some of the stuff Diane wears—newsboy caps, dangerously sheer gowns and hoop skirts big enough to hide an entire family beneath—would look absolutely criminal. On Quentin Tarantino's leading lady, however, all of the above actually worked. We are not worthy.

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Jessica Chastain

This striking redhead caught our eye at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where her outfits rivaled even the aforementioned Miss Kruger's. She may be a major Oscar contender for her gritty role as a CIA analyst in Zero Dark Thirty—but on the red carpet, Jessica opts for feminine A-line silhouettes, well-placed sequins and lovely lace.

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Elizabeth Olsen

Though she claims to be far less immersed in fashion than her ridiculously famous older sisters, Lizzie certainly holds her own on the red carpet. Favoring looks by Dior, Chanel and—of course—The Row for premieres and parties, the talented actress puts together equally enviable off-duty outfits as well. Of course, she is privy to some of the world's best hand-me-downs…

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Zoe Saldana

Zoe frequently flaunts her amazing legs in super-short dresses and body-con skirts, never looking less than perfectly classy. She's famously loyal to her favorite designers, among them Prabal Gurung and Balmain, and also happens to wear some of the best shoes we've ever seen.

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Elle and Dakota Fanning

OK, folks, this one's a tie. In addition to both being perhaps the most skilled actresses in their age bracket, the sisters Fanning are bona fide fashion superstars. Adored by everyone from the Rodarte girls to Jason Wu to Miuccia Prada, the pair always chooses age-appropriate red carpet looks that still manage to push the style envelope.

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Rita Ora

This powerhouse-voiced British singer clearly has tons of fun with fashion, having worn everything from floral jumpsuits to flame-emblazoned leather crop tops in public. When it comes to black tie events, though, Rita goes sleek and simple in gorgeous monochromatic gowns.

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Taylor Swift

Say what you will about her love life, but Tay's had a near-perfect year style-wise. Her fashion formula may rarely change—cashmere sweaters and A-line skirts for casual occasions, sparkly gowns from Elie Saab and J. Mendel for award shows—but she's been looking particularly perfect lately, often in looks the shade of her latest album's title.

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Keira Knightley

We love a lady who, even in these modern times, still chooses floor-sweeping gowns for evening—and Keira pulled out plenty of them during her Anna Karenina press tour. It's little wonder the pretty Brit is a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld's.

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Alexa Chung

Because, well, duh.

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Lana Del Rey

The soulful singer's retro-glam image makes just as strong an impression as her lovely voice—and LDR dresses in glittering gowns and cinched-waist skirts that suit it. Her can't-miss accessories? That luscious long hair and her namesake Mulberry bag, of course!

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Allison Williams

Sure, we adore all four of our Girls—but when it comes to fashion and general flawlessness, it's all about Allison. On the red carpet, Brian Williams' gorgeous daughter favors domestic labels like Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan—and they certainly suit her all-American good looks.

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Anne Hathaway

Anne hit the road to promote not one, but two blockbuster films this year—The Dark Knight Rises and Les Misérables—and turned up in a slew of amazing outfits for each. From floral Gucci to avant-garde Tom Ford and Givenchy, the star never missed a beat. Oh, and that pixie cut? Perfection.

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Emma Stone

From Superbad to Spidey, Hollywood's new favorite funny girl sure has come a long way. Her recent press tour for The Amazing Spider-Man, during which Emma hit the red carpet in Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and more, was perhaps the most sartorially successful we've ever seen. Way to go, girl.

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Emma Watson

The second Emma on our list spent much of this year promoting The Perks of Being a Wallflower (see it if you haven't yet!), all while wearing looks from cool young labels like Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Brood. Way chicer than those drab Hogwarts robes, no?

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Miranda Kerr

While most of the ladies on our list earned their place because of their standout red carpet attire, it's this stunning model's off-duty looks that truly wow us time and time again. Somehow, she manages to make every candid snapshot look like the product of a million-dollar photoshoot. So. Unfair.

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Rose Byrne

From white sequined jumpsuits to sheer suspender-accented dresses to mixed florals, there's absolutely nothing this chic Aussie can't pull off. We wouldn't mind swapping wardrobes with her.

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Rashida Jones

Rashida's always ranked pretty high on our "Celebrities We'd Love to be BFF With" list (what, you don't have one?!)—but during this past year's press tour for Celeste and Jesse Forever, the brainy actress really kicked her style game into high gear. With a penchant for statement prints and pantsuits, her fashion fearlessness is admirable.

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Katie Holmes

Ever since her highly-profiled split from Tom Cruise earlier this year, Katie's been turning up in a number of simple, streamlined looks that stay true to the actress/designer's unfussy, denim-and-silk-centric wardrobe. By the way, little Suri Cruise was thisclose to making our list, too—perhaps in 2013?

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Ryan Gosling

OK, so he's a dude. The only dude on our list. But when the dude in question dresses this well on a consistent basis, how can you really resist?

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