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Everyone already knows that, like Mean Girls’ Regina George, Kerry Washington is flawless. Except she would never be as mean, and she would definitely never wear army pants and flipflops (though if she did, she’d look... flawless). And that is why Vogue, the final arbiter of style, has named Kerry one of the Best Dressed Women of 2013.

Calling the Scandal star’s style “every woman’s aspirational ideal” and “the way American women dream of dressing,” the fashion gurus make a pretty sound argument. Every look Kerry has worn this year has been on point. The fashion gurus celebrated her looks on and off the red carpet alongside such sartorial sensations as Cate Blanchett, Miranda Kerr, Cara deLevingne, and Rihanna.

Though her romantic style is a little more subdued than some of the more daring list-dwellers, there’s no doubt that Kerry is one of our biggest fashion inspirations of the year. Whether in romantic Marchesa or chic Calvin Klein, she manages to be classic and accessible while still totally fashion forward.

Make no bones about it, if D.C. fixer Olivia Pope had a Hollywood red carpet counterpart, Kerry could fill the post in a minute.

Check out more of Vogue’s fashion shoutouts in their full Best Dressed of 2013 gallery!