Kerry Washington tops People's list of best-dressed stars

Kerry Washington arrives at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and SAG-AFTRA celebration of the 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominees at the Television Academy on Sept. 17, 2013, in North Hollywood, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kerry Washington is the world's best-dressed woman, according to People magazine.

The "Scandal" star and Emmy nominee, 36, has proved a red-carpet risk-taker, wearing up-and-coming designers and making atypical choices -- such as a crystal-covered coral Miu Miu gown for the Oscars. At a pre-Emmys reception on Tuesday, she wore a hot-pink cocktail frock.

Unlike Olivia Pope, her character on ABC's "Scandal," Washington says she doesn't wear many power-broker pantsuits.

"I like to find balance in an outfit where it doesn't feel too much of any one thing," she told People of getting it right on the red carpet. "It's not dressing like a nun and it's also not dressing like I'm in a swimsuit competition. It's finding the middle ground."

People also chose other tastemakers to pick their favorites, including Jennifer Lawrence for her high-fashion style, Jessica Chastain specifically for her red-carpet looks, Kate Bosworth for street style and Zoe Saldana for her denim style.

Photographer Nigel Barker picked It Girl Lily Collins for best up-and-coming style.

People's Best and Worst Dressed issue will hit newsstands Friday.

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