03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Genius Style: Take a Cue From These Nobel Recipients' Winning Looks (PHOTOS)

By Michelle Christina Larsen & Daniela Jacobs at

In the fashion world, an unfortunate outfit faux-pas can go down in history. And crisis means arriving at a sample sale two minutes too late for the heels of your dreams. But even in the most intense moment of materialistic gusto, we've got to pause and recognize iconic figures who've dealt with real-world challenges through politics, literature, and science...and yeah, maybe have a touch of cool style to boot. From Nelson Mandela's eclectic prints to Aung San Suu Kyi's serene color palette, there's a street-chic lesson to be learned from these these Nobel Prize winners. And even though President Obama didn't make our best-dressed list this time around, we salute his accomplishments (we just hope he'll bust out a crazy tie or two during his term).

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Nelson Mandela--Peace Prize in '93
Above, from left: Street Style, image from Copenhagen Street Style; Nelson Mandela, image from Wikipedia.

Doris Lessing--Literature Prize in '07
Above, from left: Street Style, image from Street Peeper; Doris Lessing, image from Britannica.

Pablo Neruda--Literature Prize in '45
Above, from left: Street Style, image from Street Peeper; Pablo Neruda, image from Aqui Con El Diablo.


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