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This Week's Best Dressed Star: Katie Holmes

12/29/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

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It’s been a year of ups and downs for Katie Holmes, but she’s going out on a high note. Her effortlessly chic outfit earned top honors this week, making her the final best dressed star of 2012.

The stellar look consisted of a fuchsia Narciso Rodriguez dress and champagne bow-accented heels, topped off with an unexpected olive-green military-inspired trench worn to The Late Show with David Letterman in N.Y.C. The winning ensemble was a bright departure for the star, who tends to opt for more subdued colors. And the risk paid off because more than 6,000 PEOPLE.com readers gave it their style seal of approval.

PHOTOS: SEE THE TOP 10 BEST DRESSED STARS ON PEOPLE.COM THIS WEEK!

In a close second is Jessica Chastain (who had the number-one spot last week) in a leopard-print mini and a black coat, plus tights and lace-up boots, which she slipped into after her Broadway show in N.Y.C.

Click here to check out who else ranked in the top 10 and vote for your favorite looks of the week. Tell us: Does Holmes deserve the top spot? If not, who does?

–Jennifer Cress

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Bernice on

Katie Holmes. She looks. Good in anything

Kitchy on

Really? Katie Holmes?

Savannah on

She looks soooo young!!!!!

Jane on

Who exactly chooses Best Dressed on this site? O.o

Julie on

They should have chosen Nina Dobrev or Emma Stone, someone who actually looks good most of the time.

EnoughOfIt on

Answer – no!

cb on

Yes, “unexpected” because it doesn’t “go” with the rest of the outfit… Nonetheless, Katie Holmes does dress beautifully the great majority of the time. And while that has a lot to do with her inexhaustible supply of money and her limitless access to the most fabulous designers and stylists, even many of those similarly endowed don’t have good fashion sense and end up looking not-so-good, most of the time.

Guest on

I like Dutchess Catherine because she up cycles (recycles) outfits. She sends outfits sent to her back, and mixes affordable with couture…. That’s not only more relatable but she makes it look flawless!

halle on

I hate to say it but she looks so much better since parting from Tom. She looks alive and dresses much better.

I'm Standing Behind You on

She looks great because she had her monitoring chip removed when she split from Tommy Girl. She actually looks human again and not programmed!

fanofboardwalkempire on

Katie look really good in some vibrant color- good for her!

An6ra on

LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Ahhhhha-haaaaaa-haaaaa!

Lace on

This has got to me an early April Fools joke. This chick walks around looking like Raggedy Ann and she is the best dressed celeb of the year? OK, who is she paying off or sleeping with at People? C’mon tell us. You guys tell us everything else dont you?

Have a moral thought? on

Why doesn’t anyone say it , money goes to money. I am sure there are a lot of poor people who also look best-dressed, and maybe prettier. It is the media.

KrisAnn on

Katie Holmes? Really? She does look good in this particular outfit. Most of the time I think she looks like a dishelved mess. Her hair is always fly-away and her clothes are sloppy big on her. She has a cute “girl next door” look about her. But nothing sexy or womanly like many other celebs. She looked much better when she had the bob a few years back. It made her look a bit more sophisticated.

Jessicagiovanna on

No doubt she’s gorgeous, but she has zero fashion sense. People magazine has been trying to sell her as a stylish celeb for months now. I remember a recent article on People about her “stylish” ensemble; however, got slammed I the comments, then mysteriously, that article disappeared. Her people must be paying People mag to run these stories.

kae on

her and her daughter need to remember to use a hair brush more often…..they both always have messed up hair…..just saying *L

mila on

People got it wrong. There are definitely much more worthy stars of this title. She is a pretty young lady, but most of the time does not look well put together.

Kazer on

Is this really Katie Holmes? She looks different.

Angel on

Blake Lively!

Marie Mullin on

She is not the best dressed, trust me, others deserve the award.

Rain on

I am going to have to respectfully disagree.

Amy on

They aren’t saying she is the best dressed for the YEAR. They are saying she is the last best dressed celeb of the week for 2012.

Julia on

Who is Katie Holmes? Oh yeah she’s famous because of Tom Cruise. I know her.

Pat on

I do not agree. She looks like a slob in this photo,, like usual. She needs some lessons in good posture, and what’s with the beer gut and sagging boobs??

bookgirl on

NO…NO…NO

LC on

Are you kidding me? This is a joke right???? She always looks more like she just rolled out of bed.

Diedra on

What about our First Lady. Now that is a woman that knows how to put herself together! She should have been picked as No. 1!!!!!Let’s represent out own country – forget about Kate! Our own royalty – the first family – whether you like African American people or not – you got to give it to them. Yes, I am an African American and want to say, it has been long overdue. And he was not picked to be President because of the color of his skin but because he is the best at being the President. Everything is not fixed – but give him a break – it took long years to get it to this point and it will take long years to fix it!

nate on

I like her it other clothes, but i dont think this outfit is any good

Pamela on

I sure didn’t get to vote!

jen on

so happy she seems to have found peace again…though we no very little of her private life, it must have taken a lot of courage to leave such a powerful man and to reflect back on the choice she made to be with him and notice that it wasn’t honoring her…what a role model woman

Grace on

NO. Reese Witherspoon deserves that honor.

crisk on

disagree

Kalen on

Katie dresses good, but not the best dressed

Asieh on

Sorry but my dresses are more beutiful than these stars!!:-D

Linda Lou on

Are you kidding me? Really? Katie Holmes? Of all the people in the world you picked Katie. Yuck, you have no taste.

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