Kerry Washington's Best Red Carpet Looks Deserve an Award of Their Own

In honor of the upcoming Emmys, we're taking a look back at every time Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington won best dressed at an awards show.

By Vannessa Jackson Sep 13, 2020 1:00 PMTags

When it comes to fashion, consider it handled.

Kerry Washington made a name for herself playing Olivia Pope on the hit ABC show Scandal, where she was known just as much for her incredible acting skills as her impeccable fashion sense. In real life, Kerry and her character Olivia have a lot in common when it comes to fashion.

Washington has walked dozens of red carpets over the years, and she's got the smolder down to a science. The biggest downside of not having a red carpet for the 2020 Emmy Awards is not getting to see what incredible gown The Little Fires Everywhere star would be donning.

She's clearly working with the best stylists in the business because she's always looking put together and ready to take on the world.

Don't believe us? Take a look for yourself! Every time Washington stepped on the carpet looking glamorous and ready to take charge, we've rounded up below. It's just a sampling of some of the greatest looks she's rocked over her luxurious career as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood.

Best Dressed Stars Ever at the Emmys

Scroll through the gallery below and see for yourself why Washington is a fashion force to be reckoned with.

Met Her Match

The actress attended the Met Gala wearing a bright red tassled outfit to match her fierce red carpet pose.

Perfect Pattern

The annual Vanity Fair Oscar party is the hottest ticket in Holllywood, and Washington didn't disappoint in her gold detailed gown.

Beige Babe

If there is one thing Washington knows how to do, its rock a patterned dress on a red carpet. It just might be her super power.

Less Is More

Washington arrived to the premiere of her project American Son looking ready to take on the world. Or at least another huge film!

Perfect Pantsuit

The pantsuit is an underrated staple on red carpets, but Washington proved with a bold lip and a pointy toe, anything is possible.

Sleeveless in Seattle

The Met Gala is all about the bold looks and daring ensembles, and during the "Camp" theme, Washington aced the test.

Classic Chic

Not just anyone can pull off leather pants, but then again, Kerry Washington isn't just anyone.

Sleek & Silk

No shirt? No problem! Sometimes you got to risk a little to get the reward.

Simple Sophistication

This look took old school to a whole new level. She changed up her hair and put on a little smolder for a perfect red carpet appearance.

Cheetah Girl

Animal print is what fashion designers dreams are made of. Washington was a sight to behold in this bold coat.

Prideful Plaid

At the Television Academy's 25th Hall of Fame Ceremony Washington showed up looking like a vision straight out of Scotland.

A Golden Trophy

The star arrived to the Met Gala shimmering in gold. Washington wore a sequined, long-sleeved Ralph Lauren gown with a beautiful Afro and golden hair accessories to match. 

Hues of Green

What's better than two shades of green? Four! Kerry slays in this flowing, pleated, multicolored Missoni dress paired with aqua heels. 

Pretty in Polka

This actress knows her way around a pattern. Washington rocks this fab polka-dot dress by Kate Spade paired with taupe heels. 

Street style Chic

In the streets of NYC the starlet shows up extra stylish and urban in this Johanna Ortiz hunter green coat, paired with a white fitted dress and red pumps for a color accent. 

Cute as Pie

Look as darling as ever, Kerry sports a classic stripped Oscar de la Renta dress with a chic afro hairstyle and some gorgeous pointed pumps. 

Spring Time Fine

Washington serves major spring looks in this gorgeous, flowing, sheer-floral dress by Dolce and Gabbana. 


The Scandal star made it a point to make her mark at the 2018 Golden Globes when she arrived in this shimmering Prabal Gurung dress and striking Roger Vivier mesh heels. 

Prim and Proper

The star looks like a total doll in this Giambattista Valli floral print mini dress. 

Metallic Maddness

The actress has got it all shaped out in this form fitting floral metallic dress by Dolce & Gabbana. 

There's Layers to This

Fitted, patterned and sexy. What more could the starlet want out of this striking Ulyana Sergreenko dress. 

Patchwork Couture

A bright coral and lavender was a daring and sophisticated choice for the Women's Summit in LA 

Caped Crusader

Wearing a gorgeous cape dress by Maxwell, the starlet attends the HBO special screening of Confirmation.

A Blooming Flower

As delicate a rose, Kerry stuns in this floral Dolce & Gabbana gown. The textured bag paired with strappy heels made the actress' dress stand out more than ever. 


This boss wore a black off the shoulder gown by Boss and couldn't have looked more fabulous. 

Sexy and Sophisticated

Miss Olivia Pope looks like a complete star in this dashing Versace gown. The dress hugs the actress' body just right, and the yellow accent straps make her skin pop to perfection. 

Ying & Yang

Kerry looks like a true work of art in this black and white Atelier Versace gown. The star went for a classical look, having her hair pulled back, a daring leg slit and pointed heels to complete the look. 

Plunging Neckline

The actress shows off her glowing skin in this sleek, white, Victoria Beckham dress paired with a black clutch. 

Chic & Fab

Looking super sexy in this black bustier style Marchesa dress, Washington poses with a vengeance and pairs this showstopper with black heels. 

Fun & Floral

This gorgeous Giambattista Valli gown made the actress look like a beautiful princess. The pops of florals around the dress gave the look an extra chic feel. 

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