Fashion's Leading Ladies: Our Picks for the Top 5 Style Icons of 2012

Posted Friday December 28, 2012 9:55 AM GMT

As we come to the end of yet another year, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite style icons of 2012.

While a slew of ladies come to mind, there are five in particular whose sartorial greatness deserves special recognition.

Without further ado, here they are:

Kate Middleton: The Duchess is a total given on style icon lists everywhere, and rightly so! Throughout the year, she’s shown us that it’s okay to wear something more than once, and that a royally chic wardrobe doesn’t have to come with a royally outrageous budget. We’re so eager to see how she maintains her fashionista status throughout her pregnancy!

Miranda Kerr: Whether she’s rocking sweats or sequins, the Victoria’s Secret stunner always looks like the picture of pure perfection. Over the past year, we have particularly fallen in love with her street style, which usually consists of sleek ankle trousers, sky-high Louboutins and a crisp top. Her effortless sexiness is something we constantly strive for … and so is her flawless bod!

Jennifer Lawrence: Her celebrity has truly blossomed over the past few months, and so has her fashion sense! A huge fan of Dior, the silver screen siren has impressed us with everything from her red carpet looks to her off-duty style. If you ask us, we think that Lawrence is not only a sartorial success for 2012, but also one to watch in 2013!

Taylor Swift: The country crooner’s style has noticeably evolved over the past year, going from the girl-next-door-look to something a little more risqué and fashion forward. While she still rocks the occasional Stepford-ish dress, we love that she’s been favoring items with a little more glitz and glam. We applaud her for this fearless fashion over haul, and can’t wait to see the things she opts for in the new year!

Emma Watson: Over the past year, the Brit beauty has truly transformed from fashion follower to a leader of the pack. No matter what occasion she’s attending, Watson always looks one step ahead of the style game, donning threads that seem to set the pace and standard for style from that moment on.

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