Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton Series 2 White Sparkly Dress

Michelle Williams has a look that is all her own. When she shows up on the red carpet, she never dresses like anyone else. She stands out, not in a “what the heck was she thinking?” way, but in an eye-catching way. Michelle’s style is the perfect blend of feminine, whimsical and fashionable. She chooses pieces with unique details but they never look twee or costume-y.

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Take a look at some of Michelle Williams’ most captivating red carpet looks:

1. My Week With Marilyn Tokyo Press Conference, 2012141296790JS003_My_Week_with

The classic sheath dress gets a touch of sweetness thanks to the bow detail on the asymmetric neckline and the coral fabric. Michelle’s cropped haircut and taupe heels keep the look sophisticated.

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If you’re going to wear a dress with massive bottles of nail polish and eyelash curlers on it, you need to know how to stop it from looking like you’re wearing a surrealist painting. Michelle’s chunky black boots and two-tone clutch ground the look.

3. 84th Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, 2012136570399AK039_84th_Annual_

Sparkles may be a common thing on the red carpet but you don’t see many dresses like Michelle’s. Her shift dress is decorated with dark clouds and sparkly rain. This could have looked very juvenile but her simple accessories make it a classic-with-a-twist look.

4. Oz The Great And The Powerful LA Premiere, 2013161682024GD045_OZ_The_Great

White and embellishment are two things that people associate with whimsical fashion. Michelle has both of those in this outfit. If she wore a more elaborate gown, she could have looked like a character in Oz, given that she is standing on a yellow brick road. However, the short-sleeve fitted silhouette and her asymmetric haircut keep it from going into fairy godmother territory.

5. Tribeca Film Festival After-Party, 2012142844422AP006_Tribeca_Film

This is how you pull off a playful look if you are an adult. Michelle’s dress mixes textures, patterns and colors but the frock is a classic shape and the color scheme is elegant. Also note the lack of accessories.

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6. 18th Annual BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, 2012136314004PA032_18th_Annual_

Michelle knows to pick something with an interesting detail and keep the rest of her outfit very simple. The scallop edge on this black and white dress is the statement so she doesn’t overdo it with contrasting accessories. She doesn’t need anything else.

7. Oz The Great And The Powerful Russia Premiere, 2013OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - MOSCOW PREMIERE

Another reason Michelle’s whimsical outfits are always a hit is because she chooses the right silhouettes. This black and gold dress has just a hint of a flutter sleeve but it is enough. If you were to start adding lots of volume, it would be too much with the sparkly gold stripes.

8. My Week With Marilyn Paris Premiere, 2012139086130MP006_My_Week_with

On the wrong person, this dress could have gone horribly wrong. It could easily have ended up looking like Miss Prom Queen 2012. Michelle’s contrasting red lipstick and nail polish balance out the sweetness of the dress.

9. PUNK: Chaos To Couture Met Gala, 2014167730971JG594_PUNK_CHAOS_T

Michelle isn’t really a safety pins and head-to-toe black leather sort of girl. For the punk-themed Met Gala, she stayed true to her style but worked the theme into her look with this strapless black dress and jeweled headband. The book clutch adds the right whimsical touch.

10. Comic-Con, 2012148280665AP00007_Comic_Con_

The geometric floral pattern on Michelle’s dress is two parts retro one part quirky. Her contrasting purple peep-toe shoes suit the playfulness of the dress.

11. Oz The Great And The Powerful UK Premiere, 2013LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28:  Michelle Williams arrives for the "Oz: The Great And Powerful" European premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on February 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

This is how you pull off a feathered dress without it looking kooky. What makes this dress work is the fitted strapless silhouette and the short feathers. If she had feathers hanging off of her, she would have looked like a peacock.

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Headbands are something we don’t see enough of on the red carpet. Celebrities often avoid them because if they choose the wrong one, they can end up looking like pageant queens. Michelle managed to pull off a headband while wearing a tricky printed velvet fabric.

13. Oscars, 2012HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Michelle Williams arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Centre on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)The Oscars is when stars really up their fashion game. As a nominee, Michelle could have gone completely over-the-top but she resisted the urge. She wore this layered strapless dress with a peplum detail. The silver bow on the waistband and the contrasting pink clutch were understated but added the right whimsical touch to the dress.

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