What She Wears: Best Dressed 2009

January 5, 2010

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What She Wears: Best Dressed 2009

Every day, we at WhatSheWears.ie choose lots of the world’s most fashionable ladies for our daily digest.  Now that we’ve had a chance to look back at 2009, only a few are awarded our Best Dressed 2009 title.  And so, it is with great pleasure that I present the select few who really inspired me in 2009.

1. Olivia Palermo

The Most Stylish Across the Pond (i.e. across the Atlantic) award goes to Olivia Palermo. She stands out from the crowd in NYC as she gets most of her clothes when travelling in Europe (cue Topshop, Christopher Kane and Twenty8Twelve, amongst others).

In 2009, Palermo was one of the first people I saw wearing a coatigan (a coat/cardigan) and she took the bib necklace, collar necklace and statement necklace to the next level wearing uber large versions such as this Roberta Freymann one pictured. If you fancy stealing her style, pick up a crystal necklace at Asos (£12 in their sale).

For fans of skinny jeans (who isn’t?) Olivia swears by AG’s “Stilt” jeans (£92), but to copy her style from this particular pic, she wears Zara shoes, an Anya Hindmarch bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, a nautical or striped T-shirt from Club Monaco and a Twenty8Twelve skirt.

2. Amy Huberman

Our February 2009 Muse of the Month Amy Huberman had a successfully stylish last year of the decade.

From the beautiful Joanne Hynes dress she wore to the IFTA’s, to the Topshop tea dress she wore judging Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse show, to her 2009 addition of a vintage inspired engagement ring– Huberman wins our most stylish Irish woman award. Can’t wait to see her style in 2010 when she ties the knot (no pressure Amy!).

3. Dannii Minogue

Being a huge fan of elegant dressing, my top award in this category went to Dannii Minogue, especially for her elegant dresses, reinventive hairstyles and accessories on The X Factor.

It’s ironic that I originally tuned in to catch Cheryl Cole’s outfits, but ended up getting hooked on Minogue’s instead! It’s even more impressive therefore, when I found out that Dannii did all her own styling for the show – pulling off a sophisticated 30- something style, leaving the 20-something short dress styles to Cheryl.

The fact that her hair was different on every single appearance was also a must watch factor, while she rocked dresses by Donna Karen and home-grown Aussie talents such as J’Aton couture (pictured) and Lisa Ho.

Queen of the asymmetric (one shouldered) dress, this bubble pink J’aton couture dress from X Factor week 8, was my favourite. While this Australian design is off limits for most of us, French Connection have created a cool lookalike, as have Coast (€110) and Diane von Furstenberg (€655.50).

4. Alexa Chung

Looking at a totally different style from our other best dressed 09-er’s, I simply had to mention Alexa Chung who I’ve followed from wearing Breton tops at Glastonbury to the front row at London Fashion Week, to wearing Louis Vuitton platform sandals at Paris Fashion Week.

Her daytime and red carpet style is certainly different from the other fashion packers– we highlighted her Katy Rodriguez dress a while ago – in fact the entire outfit she wore to the New Moon premiere was. what I thought to be, her best look this year.

Alexa’s designer dress came in at £507… Add on the £165 for the Russell& Bromley bag and an extra £325 for the gorgeous Marni shoes and you have an outfit to die for. You can steal her style to recreate this exact outfit with a Beau Sequin Bodice and Ruffle skirt (£25), a Mollie Animal Print Clutch Bag (£18) and a pair of Luca Patent Platforms (£30), all from Boohoo.com.

Chung’s cold weather gear is also to yearn for – I loved the long leopard print coat she wore bare legged to an Emmy gala this November (although it’s probably best worn with tights this side of the Atlantic!).

Alexa Chung is such a fan of Mulberry that they’ve named a bag after her - The Alexa will launch in the second week of January and will retail for £795.

5. Lily Allen

Also worth a mention is Lily Allen, who featured as our June 2009 Muse of the Month. Her transformation into a bonafide fashionista was complete in 2009 when Karl Lagerfeld chose her as the face of his Coco Cocoon range.

Shunning Twitter, blogging and music for 2010, Lily wants to focus on fashion for a while and plans to open her own boutique in 2010 where she’ll lend out her designer wear. Oooh to live in London so that I could avail of this!

Who was your best dressed lady in 2009?

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  2. Collection We Covet: Joanne Hynes A/W 2009
  3. What She Wears: Oscars 2009
  4. What She Wears: BAFTAS 2009
  5. What She Wears: Electric Picnic 2009
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12 Responses to “What She Wears: Best Dressed 2009”

  1. Fashion Week Says:

    From New Martinsville wearing a Flirt dress ordered from TJ Formal!! It was worn at her Jr. Fashion Week

  2. Annemarie Says:

    Update on the Alexa Mulberry bag. It will be in store (the Mulberry store in London that is) on Monday 11 January and the most popular colour is tan. More info here http://bit.ly/8DQltZ

  3. Hiawatha Says:

    nice post. Interesting choices… they all have very different perspectives i think from working in fashion (Oilivia), to trendsetter (Alexa), to experimenter (Danni). visit my blog iamhiawatha.com:)

  4. Annemarie Says:

    Brown Thomas now selling Mulberrys Alexa bag (named after Alexa Chung herself). http://short.ie/hpf7n3. No price mentioned?! arggggggggggh

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