IN 2016, we saw an uptake in functional (but ugly) activewear, cringe-worthy naked marieprom dresses and celebrity fashion collaborations that would’ve otherwise been consigned to the sartorial scrapheap.
And on the ruby rug, things weren’t much better, with some truly awful fashion moments immortalised by the paparazzo’s lens.
Montana Cox. Picture: Christian Gilles
Being dumped by David Jones as an ambassador hasn’t halted the Top Model winner’s sartorial ascent. Montana Cox, who is as in-demand as ever, rarely puts a foot wrong.
A long-time favourite of the flash pack, Megan Gale has been on the scene for 20 years. Judging from what we’ve seen in 2016, her fourth decade could be her best yet.
Miranda Kerr. Picture: Richard Dobson
A Myer ambassador, Seven presenter and mother, Rachael Finch wears her multiple hats with aplomb. With a delicate and feminine style that favours dresses and high heels, Finch was certain of a place on our 2016 best-dressed list.
Even before she bagged billionaire Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, Australia’s sweetheart — herself not exactly short of cash — was always on point with her look. Now with bottomless pockets, we can only imagine that she’ll keep on putting out red-hot style.
Jodi Anasta. Picture: Christian Gilles
The Myer ambassador, whose svelte frame was the subject of not-so-quiet whispers all year long, constantly kills it on the style front. From the races to the ruby rug, the mother-of-one’s polished look is evergreen.
Not everyone can look chic at 30-plus weeks pregnant. But then not everyone is Hacksaw Ridge star Teresa Palmer, whose stylish bump surely inspired a few other expectant mums on how to dress this year.
Unlike some in breakfast television, Lisa Wilkinson’s on and off-air choices are rarely deemed headline worthy. Consistently getting it right, the Today host proves you can rock high fashion well beyond its traditional limitation of your second decade.
While Sonia Kruger has had a somewhat difficult year following her controversial comments about Muslim immigration, the same can’t be said of the Today Extra host’s look. Always impeccably dressed and groomed, the mother-of-one can hold her head up high when it comes to style.
The new Mrs Buddy Franklin had all eyes on her after she and the Swans forward tied the knot in secret last month in custom Vera Wang. Paid to look good in fashion shows and catalogues, Franklin also has killer off-duty style that gets her probably more attention than she’d like from Sydney’s paps.
Off the back of last year’s fashion-related meltdown at Melbourne Cup, Jessica Mauboy has bloomed like a butterfly from the chrysalis into a red-carpet master. Her looks at the ARIA and AACTA awards have proven that the Pop A Bottle singer’s talents go beyond her voice.
Aussie model Hart can’t put a foot wrong.
While Judd’s style has changed since her barely there 2004 Brownlow Medal dress, we aren’t sure it has improved. For a woman so often pictured, her misses far outweigh her hits.
Erin Molan. Picture: Tim Carrafa
We at Confidential think that Molan has some serious potential, but her red-carpet ensembles almost always leave something to be desired — and it’s usually clothing that covers her body.
We’re huge fans of the sunny Sunrise presenter, but the now-infamous ”vagina” dress that Bartholomew rocked at the Oscar Awards this year left us no choice but to put her on the list.
Ben Lee. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Sam Frost. Picture: John Fotiadis
A streak of individuality on the red carpet goes a long way in Confidential’s jaded eyes, but the bright-yellow suit actor-musician Lee wore to the 2016 ARIA Awards is the definition of a few steps too far.
Frost’s shrinking frame has been the subject of many a story this year, and it seems the radio personality still a bit bamboozled about how to dress it.
Samantha Jade. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis
Imogen Anthony. Picture: Jonathan Ng
The X Factor winner’s small frame is admittedly hard to dress, but her stylist seemingly gets it wrong time after time. A pretty girl, Jade could seriously elevate her look with a new approach to dressing.
Kyle Sandilands’ girlfriend Imogen Anthony is never generic and she’s certainly never dull. But we have to say that dressing like a Rainbow Paddle Pop topped with bright orange fairy floss just is not a great look.
Sophie Monk. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Guy Sebastian. Picture: Christian Gilles
As much as we at Confidential abhor fashion ”rules”, the notion of getting your legs or your boobs out, and never both at once, still holds true. Funnywoman Sophie Monk clearly missed the memo.
Singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian’s raw talent is eclipsed only by his style fails. Whether it’s a superfluous hat, a bulky jacket or an inexplicable necklace, somehow the Australian Idol winner gets it wrong.
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