The 10 Best Dressed Stars on the Emmys 2012 Red Carpet

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Ginnifer Goodwin When you stop and think about it, dressing for the red carpet really isn’t that hard. You have a team to help you, the dresses are free, and you just have to pick something that fits. But finding that perfect gown or tux — you know, the one that will land you on all the Best Dressed lists (like this one) — is a little trickier. You have to know your body and what flatters it, but also take a little bit of a risk. At the 2012 Emmys, those risks came in a number of guises, from bold color choices to loud prints and daring cuts. In the cases of some of our favorite ladies (and a few dapper gentlemen) the risks really paid off.

On the other hand (and I’m fully aware that I’m about to sound like a hypocrite), sometimes the key to ensuring an outfit home run is as simple as knowing what works best for you. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara wears a figure-hugging mermaid gown every time she hits the red carpet because hot d**n, girl looks good in a figure-hugging type of silhouette. And Mad Men‘s Jessica Paré knows that choosing something a bit more old Hollywood glamour is the best way to compliment her classic beauty.

Now, Best and Worst Dressed lists are always controversial, so we’ve thrown in a few picks that could really go either way. Let us know in the comments if you love or loathe these looks.

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.

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