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The Ultimate Red Carpet Dos & Don'ts

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    Maybe there's no perfect formula for landing on the best dressed list. And, we say, that's a good thing. Truth be told, it's usually an actress' willingness to break that mold and forgo the typical metallic, mermaid ensemble that leaves the most powerful, lasting impression. Avant-garde silhouettes, piercing colors, and the ability to rock a tuxedo better than the entire leading-male category — that's sartorial star power.

    So, in search of some of that Hollywood magic, we're breaking down the most sensational red-carpet moments of the past. And, while there are no precise equations that equal up to that best dressed title, we've discovered there are some tried-and-true rules that werk.

    Ahead, we've created the ultimate list of dos and don'ts — just in time for Oscars viewing. (Or, attending.) And, the nominees are...

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