Best of the Best-of Lists

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Fashion mags and blogs are busy churning out their best-dressed lists and polls—not just of 2009 but of the decade. Here's a quick roundup of some of the more interesting ones:

Style.com focuses on the year's best party dresses, including a sparkly Burberry number worn by Emma Watson and pregnant M.I.A. in a wide blue printed dress and sneakers. ELLE narrows the category, at least in theory, polling readers on the sexiest gowns on celebs this year.

HuffPo asks readers to choose the most stylish "worldly women," aka first ladies around the globe. You know Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy—but what about Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, the wife of the emir of Qatar, or Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria? HuffPo's also doing the best dresses of the aughties (I vote for Michelle Williams' yellow dress at the Oscars in 2006).

Everyone's got an opinion about the best and worst trends, even publications that were touting them all as brilliant innovations just a couple months ago. HuffPo also looks at the best and worst trends of 2009; here's Marie Claire's take.

Looking away from the actresses for a blessed moment, the Washington Post's Robin Givhan enumerates the best and worst fashion moments of 2009, offering kudos to Ikram Goldman and once again slapping Michelle Obama's wrists for wearing those shorts on Air Force One. One fact those of us not on any list can take comfort in: our fashion errors won't be recorded and trotted out on the Internet for years to come.

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