It's amazing what a few inches can do. At the L.A. premiere of her movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days in January, Kate Hudson drooped in this figure-flattening dress (left). A few months later, it turned up again on sexy supermodel Linda Evangelista (right, in Toronto in June), whose curves gave the look more oomph.
Whoops! Did country stars Deana Carter (left) and Martina McBride (right) arrange to dress as twins for the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in May? No matter – both have the figures to pull off this sexy look.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Penelope Cruz went for classic elegance by topping a simple white shirt and flowing black pants with this tailored jacket (left). But Kylie Minogue (right, in London in July) dressed the tasteful top way down by wearing it with faded jeans, a loopy necklace and messy tresses.
Pulling off a skinny mini isn't easy, but both actress Shiva Rose (left, in L.A. in May) and country star LeAnn Rimes (right, that month at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas) do so with style, pairing this daring pink number with strappy sandals and bold earrings.
BRIGHT AS SUNSHINE
Forget basic black – both Juliette Lewis (left, in Miami) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (right, in L.A.) chose to usher in spring in March in these dazzlingly colorful satin dresses.
PRETTY IN PINK
Actresses Nikki Cox (left) and Jennifer Garner (right), both in May in New York, seemed to channel Audrey Hepburn in this simple, ultra-feminine pink dress, which both wore with neatly styled hair and minimal makeup and accessories.
BLACK & WHITE
In May, Live co-host Kelly Ripa (left, in New York) looked ready to sizzle under the stars in this flirty art deco Donna Karan skirt. A few weeks later, actress Laura Linney (right) looked elegant in a more understated version for a daytime appearance at the Cannes Film Festival.
Julia Stiles spiced up the night in this saucy red number at a Manhattan benefit in May (left), pairing it with vintage heels and a trendy haircut for a decidedly downtown vibe. A week later, Will amp Grace's Debra Messing (right, in New York) took the Donna Karan dress uptown by accenting it with a classic chignon and delicate accessories.
LOTS OF DOTS
Pop star Thalia set the red carpet aflame in the playful, skinny Ungaro party dress she sported at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami in May (left). Designer Kimora Lee Simmons (right) wore the same thing a month later in New York but went much further in flaunting her assets.
Color them beautiful! In February, NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon (left) flaunted her enviable figure in this sexy striped number in L.A. A month later, singer and Fresh Prince alum Tatyana Ali (right) followed suit in the same frock at the NAACP Image Awards in L.A.
THE GREEN TEAM
Actress Famke Janssen (right) must have turned green with envy when she spied model Helena Christensen (left) sporting the same dress at the Marc Jacobs fashion show in New York in February. That's because Christensen knew enough to keep away from flashy accessories, while Janssen loaded up with a scarf and necklace.
Was it the weather? In chilly London, Susan Sarandon (left) covered up this flirty, Asian-inspired dress with a leather jacket at The Banger Sisters premiere in January. Not Jennifer Tilly (right): The actress opted to show more skin in a shorter version of it at an L.A. party in March.