The 22 Most Important Outfits of 2016

From the runways, pop culture, and your worst nightmares.

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When the internet fails or we simply share memes by directing our thoughts at our friends, we shall go "Hey, remember that slideshow they made once about the most memorable outfits of 2016? That was 'lit,' as we used to say." It is lit, and it is here, in all its cultural-compendium glory. ::beams mass command to share this link on Facebook at everyone reading::

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Beyoncé's "Hold Up" Dress

The best accessory for Roberto Cavalli? A baseball bat and a sense of liberation.

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Eleven's Peter Pan Collar Dress

Still pretty, even on the hordes of male impersonators from this Halloween.

<p>Besides <a href="http://www.bet.com/lifestyle/2016/10/20/hillary-clinton-death-row-records.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">channeling Tupac</a>, Hillary's co-ords at the third presidential debate paid homage to the women's suffrage movement. (Please hold your sniffles until the end.) </p>
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Hllary Clinton's White Pantsuit

Besides channeling Tupac, Hillary's co-ords at the third presidential debate paid homage to the women's suffrage movement. (Please hold your sniffles until the end.)

<p>Whereas the lapels of her Ralph Lauren pantsuit, <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a23543/hillary-clinton-purple-pantsuit/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">worn to concede to Donald Trump</a>/bring more than half the nation to its knees, could have been meant to represent unity in the country. (Red + blue = violet.) </p>
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Hillary Clinton's Purple Collar

Whereas the lapels of her Ralph Lauren pantsuit, worn to concede to Donald Trump/bring more than half the nation to its knees, could have been meant to represent unity in the country. (Red + blue = violet.)

<p>Like they transplanted the <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Winged Victory</em> from the Louvre, stuck it around Bey's neck, and called it couture. Amazing. </p>
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Beyoncé's Francesco Scognamiglio Dress

Like they transplanted the Winged Victory from the Louvre, stuck it around Bey's neck, and called it couture. Amazing.

<p>Has any chapeau ever stood for more? Self-affirmation and speaking your truth, at the CFDAs. </p>
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Beyoncé's "Formation" Hat

Has any chapeau ever stood for more? Self-affirmation and speaking your truth, at the CFDAs.

<p>A Big Look for a Big Year (and Oscar Nomination), Celebrating Friendship and Parallel Timelines (designer Brandon Maxwell started as her stylist). </p>
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Lady Gaga's Oscar Jumpsuit

A Big Look for a Big Year (and Oscar Nomination), Celebrating Friendship and Parallel Timelines (designer Brandon Maxwell started as her stylist).

<p>The yellow Louis Vuitton that <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a18938/alicia-vikander-oscars-2016/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">launched a thousand <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Beauty and the Beast</em> memes</a>. </p>
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Alicia Vikander's Oscar Dress

The yellow Louis Vuitton that launched a thousand Beauty and the Beast memes.

<p>A fashion star (in David Laport) explodes into a supernova. </p>
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Solange's Met Gala Look

A fashion star (in David Laport) explodes into a supernova.

<p>When you wear HTT latex, you know you'll <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a20305/met-gala-funny-tweets/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">become meme fodder</a>. </p>
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Beyoncé's Met Gala Look

When you wear HTT latex, you know you'll become meme fodder.

<p>Normal people, if we ever got the chance to wear a $22K heart-shaped Saint Laurent fur: Go out for the best, fanciest night of your life. (Or, barring that, <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a23316/rihanna-halloween-costumes-instagram/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Halloween</a>.) Rihanna: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TBAgIsi8hA" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">feeds pigeons on the sidewalk</a>. </p>
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Rihanna's Heart Jacket

Normal people, if we ever got the chance to wear a $22K heart-shaped Saint Laurent fur: Go out for the best, fanciest night of your life. (Or, barring that, Halloween.) Rihanna: feeds pigeons on the sidewalk.

<p>A red quarter-zip, khakis, and a cheerful disposition for America's sweetheart. (Are we supposed to like him again?) </p>
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Ken Bone's Sweater

A red quarter-zip, khakis, and a cheerful disposition for America's sweetheart. (Are we supposed to like him again?)

<p>WE GET IT. </p>
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Bella Hadid's Alexandre Vauthier Napkin

WE GET IT.

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Kendall Jenner's Birthday Getup

Which reminded everybody of the cruel passage of time and 2002 now being considered "vintage."

<p>Congratulations to Yousef Akbar for creating the <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a23761/chrissy-teigen-apologizes-for-showing-her-vagina/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">highest slit known to man</a>. A true feat of engineering.</p>
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Christy Teigen's Sandwich Board

Congratulations to Yousef Akbar for creating the highest slit known to man. A true feat of engineering.

<p>At the 2016 Emmys, she finally got the fashion cred she deserved in green floor-length Prada and shouted <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a17261/sarah-paulson-holland-taylor-dating/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">her love for Holland Taylor</a> from every camera angle. </p>
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Sarah Paulson's "I Have Arrived" Dress

At the 2016 Emmys, she finally got the fashion cred she deserved in green floor-length Prada and shouted her love for Holland Taylor from every camera angle.

<p>Silver is reserved for 25 years together, but in celebrity-dom, 14 months, give or take, is just as long. </p>
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Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid's Bionic Couples Costume

Silver is reserved for 25 years together, but in celebrity-dom, 14 months, give or take, is just as long.

<p>A lot of backstory comes with this Louis Vuitton look. This was the birth of Edgy Taylor Swift. And this was also the dress in which she danced with Tom Hiddleston. Oooh. </p>
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Taylor Swift's Beginning-of-the-End Dress

A lot of backstory comes with this Louis Vuitton look. This was the birth of Edgy Taylor Swift. And this was also the dress in which she danced with Tom Hiddleston. Oooh.

<p>The end of an era, or <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/g3201/michelle-obama-style/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">how to go out on a high note</a>. </p>
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Michelle Obama's Versace Swan Song

The end of an era, or how to go out on a high note.

<p><a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g4256/weird-fashion-trends-2016/?slide=13&amp;thumbnails=" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Thesis here</a>.</p>
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Gucci's Massive Sleeves
<p>This 👏  is 👏  what 👏  we 👏  want 👏  to 👏  wear. </p>
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Marques Almeida's Portrait of a Millennial Girl

This 👏 is 👏 what 👏 we 👏 want 👏 to 👏 wear.

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Damn Daniel's Vans (Honorable Mention to Stussy)

Feel f*cking old yet?

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