Trying to highlight the best-dressed women in this wide world is a fool’s game—style, obviously, is subjective and narrowing down who does it “best” is impossible. That said, there are plenty of women who make us want to dress better.
Between Hollywood types, fashion insiders, models, musicians, and It-girls, we’ve started a list (yes, we plan to keep adding to it) of women whose indescribable mix of fashion knowledge, talent for mixing high and low, and possession of a certain X factor always keep us captivated, and inspires us to seriously step up our style game.
Read on, and let us know who you’d add!
Ahead, 21 women who consistently inspire us to dress better.
The editor of Wonderland magazine and a bonafide street style star, Sarr-Jamois has a knack for mixing vintage pieces with new designers, and is the undisputed queen of bright colors, patterns, and bold fur. Seriously—next time you're reaching for a boring neutral outfit, Google this girl for some serious fashion inspo. Fun fact: Before becoming an editor, she started her career as a model for Diesel and Fred Perry.
We know she tops every best-dressed list known to man, but what's not to love about this actress' impeccable style? Seriously, the woman never seems to have a bad fashion day. And while plenty of stars have access to couture, Kruger is one of the few who always seems to give top labels like Chanel and Jason Wu her own modern spin.
Lauren Santo Domingo
It's a given that this Vogue contributor and Moda Operandi founder has access to every designer known to man, but it's the way she wears their clothes that makes us take notice. Whether it's a statement-making Delpozo top or a classic Valentino gown, LSD always manages to look achingly elegant and the epitome of chic.
There's something enticing about Coppola's style, and words like "understated," "chic," and "effortless"are often used to describe it. You'll never see the 44-year-old director stepping out in slave-to-fashion trends or teetering on sky-high heels, and she's always partial to pieces that work for her: covered-up tops, cropped trousers, short flared skirts, and simple shoes.
Her music's a big deal in the U.K., but we've long been keeping tabs on the pop singer and drummer's personal style. Prim but always modern and exceptionally cool, it's a pleasure to see someone so young—she's 26—dress the way she does in the hyper-naked world today's famous millennials seem to inhabit.
If there’s one celebrity who consistently brings it in the style department, it’s Solange. She long ago bypassed merely being “Beyoncé’s little sister,” establishing herself as one of fashion’s most exciting muses in addition to being a musician in her own right.
There’s a reason we’re constantly gushing about this girl: Each time we see her out and about, she’s dressed like someone who truly gets fashion. Unlike so many of today’s stars who dress for photo ops and tabloids and best-dressed lists and Instagram, Solange dresses for herself and, it would seem, for her love of fashion.
The lead singer of The Kills is a legit rockstar and dresses the part without ever veering into costume territory. Whether she's on stage or sitting front row at Fashion Week, Mosshart always nails a perfect rock and roll mix of fur, leather, and denim. Plus, since becoming the face of fashion-favorite blouse label Equipment, she proves nobody can rock a silk shirt better.
Standing out among the (vast) sea of international street style stars isn't easy, but this Milan-based beauty—who hails from Argentina but landed in Italy at 17 for a modeling shoot with Bruce Weber—consistently steals focus with her near-perfect sense of style that manages to be playful but also communicates the fact that this is a girl who gets fashion.
Apart from completely overhauling J. Crew’s image, Lyons herself has become the embodiment of everything the label represents, and acts as the brand’s de facto spokesperson, designer, model, stylist, and muse. With her spindly six-foot-tall stature and signature knack for mixing feminine “fancy” items like sequin pants, satin trousers, and glittery statement jewelry with broken-in basics (chambray shirts, striped tees, crewneck sweaters), it’s not an exaggeration to say Lyons has become something of a personal-style deity to legions of women who are, for lack of a better word, obsessed with her.
As the founder of watershed fashion blog Style Bubble, Lau—aka Susie Bubble—managed to rise above the scores of personal style bloggers thanks to her bold, experimental style and intelligent, anything-but-vapid attitude about fashion as a whole. Outsiders might call her look kooky, but insiders know better: Her one-of-a-kind approach to dressing underscores what fashion's all about.
It's hard to talk about inspiring fashion and reference A-list movie stars since there's not often a great deal of personal style involved, but we've always been fans of Moore's ability to make anything she wears look modern on and off the red carpet.
Last year, British Vogue proclaimed that Jackson—an English TV presenter, fashion aficionado (Chanel has recently started dressing her) and working cook—"is adding new weight to the term It-girl." Often spotted front-row at London Fashion Week, Jackson's known for her feminine, Parisian-inspired style ("If I'm not sure what to wear, I just Google pictures of Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, that always sorts me out," she told Vogue), and is often compared to Alexa Chung.
Nobody manages to look as effortlessly cool as Italian designer, brand consultant, and It-girl Gilda Ambrosio, who manages to embody a variety of styles without ever looking like she's trying too hard. Of course, her long black hair and signature shades might help.
Okay fine, when you're one of the most perfect-looking people on the planet, anything you wear is going to look inspiring. But we really believe the supermodel's sense of style—always the perfect mix of leggy sex appeal and casual off-duty—enhances her beauty.
Trendsetting probably comes easy to this actress whose mom happens to be boho queen Lisa Bonet and dad's glam-rock god Lenny Kravitz. While Zoe's off-duty looks define downtown—combat boots, cutoffs, flannel—her red carpet style is equally as cool, whether she's in a perfectly-fitted leather dress or bringing some needed edge to Oscar parties in nude mesh.
Anyone who follows fashion knows that 94-year-old Iris Apfel is a legend. A former interior designer, this doyenne's been featured in every publication from Vogue to Architectural Digest, and is absolutely worth idolizing for her completely idiosyncratic sense of style, and "more is more" approach to everyday dressing.
Nope, we haven't caught Alexa Chung style fatigue yet—we're continuously impressed with her ability to always look cool, modern, and just offbeat enough in whatever she's wearing. The It-Brit is known to be a major trendsetter, and manages to wear anything—from a basic skirt and sweater to a Chanel red-carpet stunner—with the same level of ease.
Atlanta de Cadenet
The daughter of photographer Amanda de Cadenet and Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, this It-girl is regularly spotted sitting front row at Fashion Week, DJing top parties, and killing it with her impossibly cool sense of style that includes everything from grungy vintage band tees to prim designer dresses. Like what you see? Check out the shoot we did with her in 2013!
This Italian fashion editor and stylist established herself as a major street style star with her penchant for always looking like the coolest girl around—whether in chic, sophisticated suits, bold mixed prints, or structured shift dresses and sky-high sandals. A fashion insider of the highest order, her Instagram is filled with snaps from international parties and runway shows, and often can be seen palling around with fellow fashion folks Anna Dello Russo and Derek Blasberg.
We've been admirers of this New York DJ, model, beauty ambassador, and all-around It-girl's style for years. Whether she's rocking a ladylike nipped-waist dress and matching heels with her signature long blonde hair and red lips, adding a girly twist to boyish separates, or killing it at Coachella in denim shorts, breezy flats and Chanel cross-body bags, we're definitely—and continuously— inspired.
Fashion blogger, writer, street style star, and law student (seriously) is smart and stylish, and a quick scroll through her Instagram (and any street style blog known to man) proves why she's such a fashion force in her native Australia.