The Royal Wedding, the MET Gala, endless film press tours and the #MeToo all-black fashion movement – 2018 has been one sensational sartorial year. So, this New Year’s Eve, let’s round up the best dressed of 2018.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
It would be criminal to not begin our list with our favourite new royal. Of course, her best outfit was her incredible wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, closely followed by the Stella McCartney halterneck gown she changed into for the reception on the big day. Her outfit to attend Wimbledon nailed breezy Summer chic, and her black one-shouldered gown for the recent British Fashion Awards teamed with matching dark nail varnish broke royal protocol. Way to go, Meg.
Who would have thought that a pinstriped suit, the now iconic Prada flame shirt and some zebra creeper brogues would look THAT good. Goldblum has gone for, well, gold this year in his eclectic menswear that only the brave will dare to emulate in the year to come. In the words of Ariana Grande (sort of) – thank u, jeff.
There can be one hundred people in a room and it only takes one of them to wear an Armani Prive black veiled dress and break the internet. I honestly think that Gaga’s wardrobe for the A Star is Born press tour deserves an Oscar-nomination of its own. Aside from the film campaigning, Gaga’s oversized Marc Jacobs suit was accompanied with a truly inspirational speech which explained the significance of her finally ‘wearing the pants’ as a sexual abuse survivor. The whole thing literally brought me to tears. Next year, Gaga is one of the co-hosts of the MET Gala and as a fully fledged Little Monster myself, I cannot wait to see what sartorial stakes she will offer in 2019.
Is it even a best dressed list if we don’t include Miss Fenty? Needless to say she completely maintained her reign as the Queen of the MET Gala and continued to spoil us with her inimitably seductive and stylish looks. We bow down to you eternally, Rih-sus.
The First Lady of Fashion has truly demonstrated how to dress like a strong, modern woman. After wearing those thigh high sequin boots, I am fully open to start a petition to rename Balenciaga to Balencibama.
To this day I say to myself – imagine being at the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald premier and witnessing that Moncler moment in the flesh. And then the all-white Hedwig fantasy. He wrote ‘Avada Kedavra’ all over his hands. I honestly have nothing else to say.
The nation’s sweetheart co-hosted I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in a plethora of jungle-friendly pieces which provided so much street-style inspiration. From a Chloe raincoat to a De La Vali floral mini dress, those Ganni cowboy boots and healthy dosage of good old Topshop, viewers (like me) lusted after her wardrobe (probably because some of it I can actually afford).
Tracee Ellis Ross
I mean, if your mum is Diana Ross then you’d expect nothing less. Every outfit is genius in the way that it is so bold and confident but still allows Ross’ glorious personality to shine through. A masterclass in styling perfection.
Everyone needs to take a minute to look at Childish Gambino’s 2018 wardrobe. One of the most astounding things is that in the This is America music video, Glover is literally wearing a pair of trousers and some yellow loafers and it is STILL one of the most iconic outfits of 2018. That’s some star power.
One of my favourite outfits of this entire year was sported by Blanchett during the Ocean’s 8 press tour. She sat on Graham Norton’s sofa and I was frantically googling where I could find a similar high neck cream shirt and diamante leather blazer. Throughout 2018, her statement tailored ensembles are a valuable lesson in effortless rock ‘n’ roll style.
The England manager and recent MBE recipient single-handedly made waistcoat sales increase by 35% at Marks & Spencer this Summer, creating ‘the Gareth Southgate effect.’ What a legend.
TC now dates Lily-Rose Depp and I’m still questioning whether I want his wardrobe or hers more.
On her visit to Buckingham Palace to collect her well-deserved damehood, Thompson sported some vegan Adidas Stan Smiths designed in collaboration with Stella McCartney, and accessorised her blazer lapel with a Fawcett Society Equal Pay badge. This outfit stood out in my mind for its stunning simplicity and contemporary political meaning weaved into every detail. And that perfectly concludes this shortlist – if we can take any sartorial tips from this year, it is that fashion is much more than just clothes. It is an opportunity to visually present opinion, opposition and position in a world which is progressively striving towards a more diverse landscape, so I say, bring on 2019.
A dazzling year of show-stopping and thought-provoking fashion, but which star wore your favourite outfit this year? Tell us in the comments below.
Text: Natalie Zannikos
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