The 40 best-dressed women of 2018

Her confidence is contagious

Graham is unapologetically proud of how she looks and is not afraid to get that across in what she wears. Take this completely sheer Marina Rinaldi frock that she wore to our Bazaar Awardsin November, which stole the show for all the right reasons.

She knows what suits her

Graham is an expert in knowing what suits her body, which means that she never fails to impress. From sleek pencil skirts to low-cut strappy tops and form-fitting jeans, she knows how to show off what she’s got.

She’s a master of one-tone dressing

It’s been one of the biggest trends of 2017, dressing top-to-toe in one colour, and Graham has been a champion of it. This effortless all-white ensemble that she wore to sit on the front row at the Max Mara show was one of her best looks ever.

She was the breakout British star on the red carpet

Thanks to the huge success of The Crown, Claire Foy really came into her own and made a name for herself on the red carpet this year. She championed British-based brands, most notably Erdem, and stuck to a foolproof fashion formula of feminine, flattering frocks that we all wanted to wear immediately.

She had a fresh take on workwear

From these excellent yellow trousers to statement blazers and tweed frocks, Foy became our new workwear inspiration, constantly proving that what we wear in the office does not have to be boring.

Her style is attainable

While we may not all be able to wear Oscar de la Renta jumpsuits or Gucci gowns, Foy’s style off the red carpet is something far more attainable – and, unlike many celebrities, would not be too tricky to emulate.

Emma Stone

On her big night, she got it so right

All awards season, it was all about Emma Stone – and she did not put a foot wrong. But for the Oscars (where she of course went home with the Best Actress award) her choice was perfection: a gold, fringed, embroidered gown by Givenchy. She looked like a star and dressed like it was her night to win.

She championed very edgy red-carpet trends

While Stone tends to opt for more classic and traditional looks on the red carpet, she wasn’t afraid to try out a few new things this year. From showing up in this Chanel ‘drouser’ to heralding the return of the anklet, she proved that she wasn’t always one to play it safe.

She wore the designer dresses we all wanted

From Valentino to Chanel, Givenchy to McQueen, the dresses Stone wore during award season essentially made up the ultimate red-carpet lust list. She wore the best and most beautiful gowns possible and topped every best dressed list going.

Gigi Hadid

Her style grew up

It was the year of the naked dress, but while her fellow models were opting to show it all off, Hadid’s style transformed into something far more grown up and pared back. Nothing demonstrated this better than the simple, silky ensemble by The Row that she wore to the CFDA Fashion Awards in June, which she teamed with flat loafers rather than towering heels on the red carpet.

She never overaccessorises

When you have access to the world’s best designer pieces, it would be easy to overdo it on the accessory front. However, Hadid knows how to keep it looking chic. Her love of statement sunglasses this year meant she kept the rest of her street style simple – jeans, tees and trainers were her go-to.

But she isn’t afraid to try something new

Just because her style transformed into less “look at me” doesn’t mean that it was boring. From pairing sequins with lace to wearing bright colours or trend-led footwear, she kept her wardrobe interesting.

Her uniform

Damas is the best argument for having a capsule wardrobe. Her day-to-day uniform consists of jeans, T-shirts, blazers and knits, which she changes up according to the season. Her approach to less is more makes us want to have a serious wardrobe clear out.

It’s always so timeless

Just like the more off-duty pieces she wears, when Damas dresses up, she rarely follows trends either. Take this elegant sun dress, which is unlikely to ever date.

She mixes high with low

The French street-style star and founder of Rouje is big on teaming designer pieces with those which are much more affordable. Think a Dior handbag or Valentino pumps with simple dainty dresses or cosy knits from her own line.

She takes risks

At just 16 years old, Kaia Gerber is still playing around with her style and deciding what suits her best. This means that she isn’t opposed to taking risks when it comes to her wardrobe – and the result is almost always impeccable.

But she knows her age

The model keeps it appropriate, wearing outfits that are fun and edgy, but never turning up to red-carpet events wearing sheer, revealing dresses. She knows she’s only 16 (and we’re sure mum Cindy Crawford gets a say too).

 She’s a summer style icon

As a Malibu-raised model, Gerber knows a thing or two about how to dress for the summer. From pretty gingham sun dresses to statement-making swimwear, she’s one to watch when you’re packing for your holidays.

She has a low-maintenance look

Markle’s style is frequently described as laid back and fuss free, which she has gone on to prove on every public occasion this year. Take, for example, her white shirt and ripped skinny jeans at the Invictus Games. We’re hoping she’ll continue to keep it relaxed and casual even when she becomes an official royal.

She supports young designers

Much like her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, Markle is a champion of up-and-coming designers and more affordable fashion, not turning her back on them now that she’s hit the big time. From Line, The Label (where thatwhite coat came from) to Parosh, Strathberry and the high-street’s Kurt Geiger, Markle keeps it varied.

She’s ready to be a royal

Although she likes to keep it pared back and casual, Markle has proven that she is ready to take on the sartorial responsibility of becoming a member of the royal family. Always appropriate and polished to perfection, she is definitely ready to be a duchess.

She’s undeniably cool

Rihanna is undoubtedly one of the coolest women on the planet – and her style in 2017 was the best it’s ever been, always elevating an outfit to the next level in her own way. Take, for example, this striking white Dior gown in Cannes, which she made very Rihanna by teaming with edgy sunnies.

She knows how to work a dress code

When it came to the Met Gala this year, Rihanna undoubtedly knocked it out of the park more than anyone else. Sticking precisely to the theme (as she does every time), she further cemented her status as the best-dressed Met Gala attendee.

She is a dictator of what’s stylish

Always the first to wear the most exciting pieces straight off the catwalk (from Saint Laurent’s sequin boots to Dior’s leather beret), she knows how to determine what will be the biggest hits of the season. And, once she’s worn it, it’s guaranteed to be on everyone’s lust lists.

She doesn’t overthink it

Sienna Miller is the queen of off-duty style. She always has been, but this summer, she was spotted leaving her performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof every night on the West End, meaning we were constantly reminded of her knack for putting an outfit together. She never looks over-styled, it’s almost as if she just threw it on.

She has fun with fashion

Never afraid to try a kooky shoe, a fashion-forward trend or find an unknown brand, Miller is a leader not a follower in the world of celebrity fashion, and this is rare.

She’s a red-carpet chameleon

From channelling old Hollywood glamour in this Lanvin gown to going preppy in Michael Kors, she knows how to make a red-carpet look work from top to toe.