December 27th, 2011
Best of 2011, Celebrity Style
Best of 2011: Outfit of the Year
By Claire

We’re continuing our Best of 2011 roundups with the Outfit of the Year:

Though most of you guys didn’t have much input (reader Smaq1 nominated, “Something Rihanna wore,” as outfit of the year), some of you did manage to pinpoint a few ensembles that got people talking and turned heads, either due to their sheer beauty, iconic cuts, or symbolism. We filtered out the best, and chose the following 7 ‘fits based on your nominations:

1. Beyonce in Lanvin at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Beyonce didn’t issue a press release to announce her impending pregnancy. Instead she arrived at the 2011 MTV Awards in a stunning one shoulder blood orange Lanvin gown, smiling brightly, and cupping her burgeoning baby bump.

Lady Bey looked radiant, and the frock’s searing color gamely reflected her glow. Soft makeup, diamond jewelry, and a side swept hairstyle completed her look.

2. Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad at the 2011 American Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez turned up the heat at the 2011 American Music Awards in a sultry high slit dress from Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2011 couture collection.

She played up the one sleeve silk gown with black pumps, a high bun, and nude lips. Suffice it to say: Jenny from the block shut it down.

3. Janet Jackson in Haider Ackermann at the Amfar Gala

Though most starlets go for full on gowns for high wattage events, Janet broke the mold at the amFar gala in a two piece colorblock look from Haider Ackermann’s Fall 2011 collection. Edgy and different, she complemented the eggplant and forest green ensemble with a lovely blue belt, and a super chic short hairstyle.

Janet’s look was cool and sophisticated, and on trend without trying too hard.

4. Iman in Zac Posen at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Opening Night Performance

Supermodel Iman may not light up the catwalks anymore, but she still gives her younger counterparts a run for their money on red carpets! The industry veteran sizzled at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Opening Night Performance in a Spring 2012 Zac Posen gown.

The burgundy color looked ravishing against her skin, while Fred Leighton jewels framed her face.

5. Rihanna in BCBG Max Azria at the 2011 Billboard Awards

Though not everyone was a fan of Rihanna’s Kool Aid red hair moment, we can’t deny it was a head turner. Few outfits she wore in 2011 played up her red mane quite like the optic white BCBG Max Azria suit she wore to the 2011 Billboard awards.

Was it the drastic contrast between red and white, the suit’s chic tailoring, Rihanna’s sultry stare, or the alluring way her blouse was barely buttoned that caused stylistas to go wild? It’s hard to say. But the overall effect was simply fierce.

6. Solange in Acne at the Rimmel London Party

While we fell in love with lots of Solange’s outfits this year, the silk one shoulder Acne dress she wore to the Rimmel London party was one of our faves.

The yellow complemented her skin perfectly, the one shoulder was on point, and the high slit on trend. Oh, and don’t forget about her large, bouncy curls.


7. Ciara in Alexandre Vauthier at Fashion’s Night Out

Ciara has one of the most toned bodies in the biz, and showed it off like a champ in a sultry Fall 2011 Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown. The ravishing red dress elicited many the Mail Bomb request due to its saucy yet subdued design and hi-lo hem. The Christian Louboutin pumps she wore with it didn’t hurt, either.

Which outfit was your fave? And did we miss anything?

Stay tuned for more Best of 2011 fun!

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76 Responses to “Best of 2011: Outfit of the Year”

  1. Kris says:

    Rihanna for me. Simple and chic.

  2. Dobe says:

    Solange. Beyonce. Ciara.

  3. Style4Curves says:

    I went with Solange b/c that’s the BEST I’ve ever seen her look hands down……Iman was a close 2nd for me b/c anyone can be beautiful young but she’s wayyy up there in age and still killen em.

  4. Savage says:

    Rihanna..It’s just so fresh and elegant. But damn it if J.Lo ain’t killin em’ lol

  5. Dom says:

    Janet, Ciara, Rhianna.
    I love that Janet’s look was not too overdone, and her hair and makeup perfectly complemented the look. She was working it without overworking it.

    Honestly though, they all look damn good. This was like haggling over pennies.

  6. Novelie says:

    Iman she´s just … wow

  7. Vee says:

    damn…all solid choices…this is hard

  8. J_Key says:

    Solange definitely slayed with that dress but I will say that Ci Ci is a very close second

  9. wallflower says:


  10. Diggs says:

    Rihanna or Solange hands down. Then the ranking goes

    #2 — JLo
    #3 — Ciara
    #4 — Beyonce
    #5 — Iman
    #6 — Janet

    That being said…they all look great and I love every look.

  11. Nicole says:

    Ciara…Solange…Rihanna…In that order!

  12. Dani says:

    Rihanna killed it. Hands down.

  13. TT says:

    Everyone looked great….but Rihanna ran away with the competition. The white suit with her creamy skin and the bright red hair.

  14. Jenny says:

    Beyonce, Solange, then Jlo.

  15. Dee says:

    ARGH! Talk about a hard one. Rihanna got my vote. Flawless and effortless.

  16. Joan says:

    Ciara killed them!

  17. Flyy Mee says:

    JJ all day! her two piece ensemble was sooo different yet so freakin’ haute! and her short do makes her even more stunning! love <3

  18. Dom says:

    I went with Janet. Her hair and makep were the perfect compliment to her outfit. I love that its seperates and the belt ties the look together.

    Ciara and Rhianna are a close #2 and #3. They all look damn good though. This is like haggling over pennies.

  19. Krystal says:

    Beyoncé’s Lanvin dress will always be remembered, simply FLAWLESS & ICONIC ♥

  20. Mrs Windy city says:

    J.Lo – that dress was it!

  21. Brittany says:

    I’m really not understanding why Beyonce or Iman are even being considered for this list.

  22. NikkiBellaRay says:

    Bey then Cici!

  23. Teet says:

    1st-Solange (h2t in my Tyra voice)
    2nd-Ciara ( my gurl wurkin it in the red #bad)
    3rd-Beyonce (very hot b be killin em)
    4th-Rihanna (even though it wasn’t custom fitted)
    6th-J.Lo (I really hate this dress)
    7th-Janet (please fix the hair )

  24. katie says:

    Rihanna for sure!

  25. My Response says:

    Rihanna did not kill anything. I’ve seen her wear way better outfits than that. I’m surprised that one was chosen. She seems like the odd one out in this category. The winner is between Beyonce or Solange.

  26. Me says:

    Rihanna soooo effortless!

  27. nite court says:

    This is a tough one! These are some amazing looks…minus Beyonce, hers was more about the pregnancy than the dress. If she weren’t prengant I’m not sure I would have loved the look on her.

  28. Wow it is a total toss up, i love love RiRi but Solange knocked it out of the park in the Acne!

  29. Dom says:

    Janet. It takes a good eye to match seperates, and gut to wear them when everyone else is in dresses. Hair and makeup are a perfect match for the look too.

    Ciara and Rhianna look great too. This was like haddling over pennies since they all look great!

  30. binks says:

    It is a toss up between j-lo,ciara or solange for me.

  31. December Sidderwhite says:

    There is no competion Ciara did that!!! Y R we voting, duh?!

  32. Brandon says:

    Janet alllllllllllll the way, which Ciara in a close second……

  33. Jaida says:

    I’m gonna have to go with Miss Solange on this one!

  34. Dash! says:

    solange, definitely. From the hair, make up, shoes, and of course dress she look gorgeous.

  35. J. Lo gets my vote! She was giving good face and diva-tude in that beautiful dress. However, Solange was a definite close 2nd for me.

    Honestly, Beyonce’s dress wasnt that amazing. The only thing that made it list worthy was the fact that it was the dress she wore for her “announcement”. And that’s not fair to the other looks on the list that are there b/c of pure fierceness! My opinion tho…

  36. Dani says:

    I honestly don’t see why Solange is in this. That dress is horrid. EVERYONE elses outfit on this list MURDERS that horrible dress. *sigh* To each her own tho.

  37. Beth says:

    Ciara’s legs in that dress…slayed them all!
    I need to do some squats and lunges ASAP

  38. Co-signing says:

    Cosigning with Dani re: Solange. I think she constantly gets a pass for being the unfortunate younger sister of Beyonce.

  39. Caribbelle says:

    Janet gets my vote! That entire outfit was grown, feminine and sophisticated. Maybe because I love separates and the color combination was amazing

  40. Anonymous says:

    Janet. No competition.

  41. Neya says:

    Rihanna…She Just Looks So Clean With All That White On. She Has My Vote.

  42. FashionOne says:

    Jlo gets my vote…Stunning!

  43. TJ says:

    CiCi or RiRi!

  44. Rebel says:

    J.Lo >>>

  45. jasmine says:

    this is the best you can do ? :/

  46. Raven says:

    Quickly eliminated Iman, Beyonce and Solange
    -hmm just wasn’t feeling Iman’s dress
    -wasn’t feeling beyonce’s at all
    -lastly solange didn’t like the fit of the dress/the dress was to simple for me
    I had to give it to Janet. She wore a great example of one of the most worn trends of the year and wore it pretty damn well. The colors complimented her as well as each other and she chose to wear a gown like everyone else.

    Rihanna was close-kind of. She did something different and looked beautiful/feminine while wearing a suit. Playing on the whole menswear trend and this was the outfit that actually made me stop hating her hair so much

    Ciara’s dress just didn’t impress me. Yes it fits her wonderfully, but I thought it would have also looked just as good on JLO. Also, I don’t really like the high cut on her.

    JLO’s dress-too much for me

    Overall everyone looked so beautiful!!!

  47. chilz says:


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