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02/14/2014 06:43 pm ET Updated Feb 17, 2014

This Week's Best Dressed List Proves The Power Of Simplicity (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

If you're ever in doubt about style, just keep one rule in mind: Keep it simple. You'll never go wrong with classics like an A-line dress, skinny jeans and lace. But remember, understated isn't always synonymous with "boring." Here, five stars show us how they put a spin on simplicity to memorable effect.

Alexa Chung

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Here's all the proof you need that skinny jeans can work in pretty much any situation. However, it's the holographic topper that brings an edge (and warmth) to the look.

Estelle

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Black lace can also take you anywhere -- from day to night, from (lenient) workplace to a date. Estelle adds an unexpected note with a statement collar and a ribbon belt.

Jamie Chung

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We'll admit it... midriff tops are hard to wear. But if you do try one out, go with Chung's approach: Pair the midriff with a higher-waist, long skirt. It will make you feel less "exposed" and gives a sophisticated spin.

Bella Thorne

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There's a reason why every stylist recommends an A-line dress: It works for any age and figure. Here, Thorne stuns in a pink version that's so gorgeous, the actress needs no additional accessory (other than a fabulous smile, of course). Our takeaway? Blue-based pinks look incredible on redheads.

Cate Blanchett

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Metallics are tricky, but not if you're Cate Blanchett. The hue acts like a spotlight on the gorgeous actress, who looks radiant in the simple cocktail dress.

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Best-Dressed Stars 2014
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