Dec. 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM ET
What better way to wrap up 2012 than with a look back at the year's loveliest dresses? Whether soft and sweet like Jessica Alba's floral Valentino, a complete knockout like the Lanvin mini Emma Stone wore, or something in between like Duchess Kate's bold and romantic Jenny Packham stunner, these 11 red carpet picks have one thing in common: they’re just plain stunning!
Event: The Baby2Baby Gala
Why we love it: Does it get any sweeter than a blush ballgown embroidered with flowers? We don't think so!
Event: The Art + Film Gala
Why we love it: Sexy can be pretty too! Especially when the dress is in a vibrant hue and accented with ruffles.
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Event:The Met Gala
Why we love it: She may have gone blond, but Stone was still red hot on the carpet in her crimson dress.
Event: The Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Impossible
Designer: Elie Saab
Why we love it: A lovely lavender hue made this plunging gown more sugar than spice.
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Event: The BOA Olympic Concert
Designer: Jenny Packham
Why we love it: Talk about lighting up a room! A complementary hue and an off-the-face updo made Kate's eyes sparkle.
Event: The 2012 Emmys
Designer: Dior Haute Couture
Why we love it: Never afraid to take a risk, the actress's dramatic silhouette and palette definitely paid off!
Event: The ALMA Awards
Why we love it: The actress looked every inch a goddess in her plunging, pleated gown.
Event: The L.A. premiere of Anna Karenina
Why we love it: From her pretty pink lips to her cool mint silk, the actress's pastels were a breath of fresh air. (And who doesn't love a good pocket?)
Event: The Teen Choice Awards
Designer: Maria Lucia Hohan
Why we love it: Everyone loves this singer in romantic flowing gowns, but she looks just as ethereal in a backless goddess mini.
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What's your favorite dress of the year? Let us know!More from InStyle.com:
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