Celebrity 11 Prettiest Dresses of the Year By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Instagram Twitter InStyle's mantra is "Everybody's in," and that means anyone who finds their way to our stories should find themselves reflected in them. We prioritize bringing the right writer to every story and sometimes collaborate as a team to ensure we're including points of view across race, gender expression, body size, skin and hair type, and more. Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. For more about our team, click here. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on December 7, 2011 @ 03:50PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Fame Pictures 11 Prettiest Dresses of the Year 01 of 11 Gwyneth Paltrow INFevents.com EVENT :The Venice Film Festival premiere of Contagion DESIGNER: Prada WHY WE LOVE IT: The actress showed her softer side in an ultra-feminine blush confection. 02 of 11 Diane Kruger Matt Baron/BEImages EVENT : The Met Gala DESIGNER: Jason Wu WHY WE LOVE IT: An up-to-there slit added the perfect touch of sex appeal to a dazzling long-sleeve bodice. 03 of 11 Beyonce Fernando Leon/PictureGroup EVENT : The Beyonce Pulse Fragrance Launch DESIGNER: Lanvin WHY WE LOVE IT: The mom-to-be enhanced her maternity glow with a sparkling jeweled neckline and ethereal feather embellishments. 04 of 11 Emma Stone RE/Westcom/Starmaxinc.com EVENT : The MTV Movie Awards DESIGNER: Bottega Veneta WHY WE LOVE IT: Colorful underthings added an edge to the actress?s ultra-feminine lace mini. 05 of 11 Angelina Jolie REUTERS /DADO RUVIC /LANDOV EVENT : Sarajevo Film Festival DESIGNER: Elie Saab WHY WE LOVE IT: Who says you can't have it all? The leggy actress appeared both relaxed and polished in a billowy, high-slit design. 06 of 11 Jessica Alba Jon Furniss/WireImage EVENT : The BAFTAs DESIGNER: Atelier Versace WHY WE LOVE IT: Alba's not afraid of color-and for good reason! The actress positively glowed in a vivid cobalt gown paired with bright lips. 07 of 11 Blake Lively Tim Rooke/Rex EVENT : BAFTA Brits to Watch DESIGNER: Marchesa WHY WE LOVE IT: The 21st-century goddess complemented her California glow in an airy, Grecian-inspired design. 08 of 11 Gisele Bundchen INFevents.com EVENT : The 39th AFI Life Achievement Award DESIGNER: Oscar de la Renta WHY WE LOVE IT: The supermodel wrapped up her shimmering sequin gown with a hot pink bow. 09 of 11 Halle Berry Stefanie Keenan/Getty EVENT : The Costume Designers Guild Awards DESIGNER: Elie Saab WHY WE LOVE IT: A brilliant hue amped up the star's natural incandescence. 10 of 11 Kirsten Dunst Andrew H. Walker/amfAR11/Getty Images for amfAR EVENT : amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala DESIGNER: Chanel WHY WE LOVE IT: It doesn?t get much sweeter than this pastel palette. 11 of 11 Kate Middleton Fame Pictures EVENT : The 10th Annual ARK Gala DESIGNER: Jenny Packham WHY WE LOVE IT: The Duchess of Cambridge looked pretty (and radiant) in sequin-splashed pink.