Best of 2011: Outfit of the Year

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!


Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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