25 Celebs Who Keep Getting Hotter

Can’t take your eyes off some of today’s hottest stars? The attention paid to their red carpet looks hasn’t necessarily always been positive, but these gorgeous women have elevated their fashion sense to best-dressed status, showing style only gets better with age

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Susan Sarandon

At 65, this stunning actress and activist has morphed into a style star through the years. We’d drive off a cliff to look like her in this purple Nicole Miller gown she ware to last year‘s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Demi Moore

In her younger years, Moore, 49, definitely made some fashion missteps (bicycle shorts and bustier at the Oscars, anyone?). But the star has come to be known as a style icon and only seems to get more fabulous with age. Exhibit A: this black Louis Vuitton number she wore to a charity gala last year.

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Christina Applegate

Those Kelly Bundy sex bomb days are long behind her, and now it’s rare to spot the Up All Night star, 40, on a red carpet where she doesn’t simply rock it. One look at this cool printed dress she wore to a press tour party in January proves it.

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Halle Berry

Berry, 45, is one of those stars who could wear a potato sack and still look amazing, but when she dons a super-sexy dress, like this Nina Ricci gown she wore to last year’s Golden Globes, it’s easy to see why she only looks better each year.

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The Material Girl has championed more than a few trends during her career -- from fingerless lace gloves and bustiers, to cone-shaped bras and Geisha-inspired kimonos, to full-on disco glam. But we love the fashionable way Madonna, 53, is moving into her fifth decade. Opting for gowns like this Reem Acra style show why she forever will be the coolest girl in the room.

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Julianne Moore

When asked to name an actress with timeless style who isn’t afraid to add a little fashion-forward flare from time to time, we think of Moore. From her beautiful red hair to her strappy stilettos, this 51-year-old’s style matches her acting ability (just look at her in this Lanvin dress at the New York Game Plan premiere). And that’s saying a lot.

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Diane Keaton

Keaton, 66, started a fashion craze with her Annie Hall menswear look, and we’ve been glued to her red carpet fashion choices ever since. We love that she works her own quirky style - like the tinted glasses and cool beret she wore to a movie premiere earlier this year.

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Jessica Lange

She may have played a rather villainous mother/haunted house matriarch in American Horror Story, but Lange’s fashion sense -- including this red cocktail dress -- is the opposite of scary.

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Geena Davis

Davis, 56, has had her share of fashion misses (that mullet gown she wore to the 1992 Oscars, for example), but take a look at her now. In styles such as this sleek black ruffled blouse and high-waisted trousers combo she wore to an awards show last year, she’s definitely put the faux pas behind her.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the block has become the poster gal for sexy glam. Lopez, 42, works her enviable curves in the coolest designer threads, looking more and more beautiful every time we see her. And just to show she can rock the demure look, too, check out how stunning she was in this ivory coat dress at a David Letterman appearance earlier this year.

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Mary J. Blige

From wearing skintight shredded denim, hot pants and animal print bodysuits to donning the most coveted couture, Blige, 41, has definitely evolved high fashion-wise. Need proof? Check out this stunning Michael Kors number she wore at this year’s Golden Globes. Pay attention younger singers: This is how it’s done.

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Jennifer Aniston

Is it us, or does Aniston, 43, just keep looking hotter and hotter every time we see her? The Friends star has gone from cute to sensational over the years, and we’re gaga over this form-fitting Tom Ford frock the actress wore to her Wanderlust premiere in February. We have just one word: Wow.

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Michelle Obama

It doesn’t seem to matter if the first lady is wearing J.Crew or Jason Wu, she always manages to walk the fashion line in high style. And, Obama, 48, gets extra kudos for not being afraid to add a little edginess to her ensembles, like when she wore this belted Alexander McQueen tunic at an Oxford University appearance last year.

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Courteney Cox

The star of Cougar Town,  47, proves why older women are so hot in this python-print Lanvin dress she wore to last year’s Critic’s Choice awards.

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Angelina Jolie

The Goth days are in the past (so, thankfully, are the blood-filled vials worn around her neck), but no one rocks black like Jolie, 36. When a flash of leg under a high-cut slit can cause an overnight sensation, as the actress showed wearing Atelier Versace at this year’s Academy Awards, you know you’re a fashion star.

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Viola Davis

As the actress’s star has risen over the past few years, so has her fashion sense. With looks such as this amazing strapless white Marchesa gown she wore to the Screen Actors Guild awards earlier this year, Davis, 46, should definitely be up for best-dressed honors.

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Salma Hayek

Early in her career, Hayek, 45, made some style missteps (belly-baring halters, strange sheer bodysuits), but over the years the curvalicious actress has grown into a fashion star who celebrates her incredible curves, as she did at the Goya awards in February wearing this berry Gucci stunner.

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Julianna Margulies

From wearing scrubs on ER to becoming TV’s best-dressed lawyer on The Good Wife, Margulies has figured out the key to can’t miss red carpet style. Of course, it helps that the star is drop-dead gorgeous, but by sticking to clean, simple, classic cuts, she looks as good at 45 (see this Calvin Klein Collection gown from this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards) as any 20-year-old actress out there.

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Patricia Clarkson

If this is what 52 looks like, we can’t wait to enter our fifth decade. Clarkson has traded flowered frocks and chunky sandals for sleek silhouettes and sexy stilettos -- see this LBD she wore to this year’s Independent Spirit Awards -- and she’s never looked better.

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Celine Dion

Her infamous backwards tuxedo placed her on worst-dressed lists everywhere back in 1999, but the Armani Prive gown Dion, 43, wore at last year’s Oscars? Flawless.

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Sandra Bullock

The Oscar-winning actress hasn’t always been a style star, but in recent years Bullock, 47, has been a red carpet knockout. Looking for an example? Check out this red Vera Wang she wore to the 2011 Academy Awards. Yeah, we'd call that star power.

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Helen Mirren

Not afraid to take a fashion mix, Mirren, 66, has had her fair share of style snafus over her long career, but in recent years the British star has been busy showing up celebrities half her age how it’s done, as she did at this year’s Golden Globes clad in Badgley Mischka.

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Vanessa Williams

She’s played a queen bee fashion magazine editor and a desperate housewife, always dressed to the nines, but 49-year-old Williams’ real-life style has gone from boxy suits and shoulder pads in the late ‘80s-early ‘90s to elegant, figure-flattering styles (such as this strapless gown she wore to the NAACP Awards in February) that show not even a hint of desperation.

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Julia Roberts

Through the years, we’ve watched Roberts where giant, boxy jackets, thigh highs with shorts and baggy men’s suits, but the star, 44, has refined her red carpet style, and now is a mainstay on best-dressed lists. We just love her in this LBD she wore to a movie premiere last year -- but, honestly, with that million dollar smile, how could she miss?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Yes, she starred on The New Adventures of Old Christine, but our favorite Seinfeld actress looks totally youthful and completely stylish when she hit’s the red carpet. Back in her Elaine Benis days, the actress, 51, was partial to oversized suits and chunky boots but her look has morphed into sophisticated glamour. Just look at the smitten kitten in this leopard-print dress she wore to a movie premiere in January. Ree-wow!


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First Published March 20, 2012

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