Sidewalk Sashay Countdown: The Best Celebrity Street Style of 2015, TOP FIVE

Posted on December 24, 2015


Not gonna lie, darlings. We love assessing street style much more than red carpetry. Of all the celebrity looks we’ve judged and examined this year, both on and off the red carpet, these five are our top of the top, simply because street street style tends to be less curated than red carpetry and more of a window into what makes up a celebrity’s true style. Sure, most of these looks were put together with the understanding that a photographer was going to cross their paths at some point and at least one of them is suitable enough to actually walk a red carpet, but there’s a certain sense of casually chic style on display here that is tons more appealing than the faux elegance of the average red carpet.



5. Jared Leto in Paris

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Because nothing is more quintessentially Rocker Pixie Draco than leaving a Paris nightclub in a drop-dead Balmain jacket.



4. Lupita Nyong’o in New York City

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Because the rest of us only wish we looked this good heading into work every day. Because her coat and boot game are on point. Because the whole look is cute, chic, and very much distinctly her. Even if she wasn’t famous, heads would turn as she passed by.




3. Alicia Vikander in London

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Miss Alicia had herself a red-hot career year and served up some masterful red carpetry in the promotion of it. But it appears her street game is just as well-developed because everything about this cazh day look is both super stylish and real-world covetable. That jacket is a killer.




2. Natalie Dormer in New York City
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Because “fierce” doesn’t even begin to describe what’s going on here. Everything from the face-serving down to the pointy witch boots is dramatic, chic and eye-catching without being too obnoxious about it. There’s a certain low key quality to its drop-dead chicness that really appeals to us, as if she’s fully confident that between her face and bearing, she can make these relatively simple and unobtrusive pieces all come together dramatically.

And speaking of being a bit obnoxious about it …

1. Lady Gaga in Hollywood

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Oh, much debate was to be had over this look – and indeed, over several other Gaga potential entries on this list – because she tends to treat a sidewalk like a runway, which makes it perhaps not fair to be placing this Chanel suit on the list with some relatively humble jeans and t-shirts. But the fact that she treats the sidewalk this way is entirely the point. Of course no one should be expected to wear Chanel in order to be considered street chic, but this is very much part of Gaga’s persona. She’s being true, if not to herself than at least to the image she’s created. And no one else is quite on her level when it comes to creating these moments of streetside performance art.

It’s just a killer look all around and has the bonus of being perfectly Gaga-appropriate.

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