The 2019 Emmys are officially here! And while we’re itching with anticipation to see what the nominees wear this year, we’ll just have to make do with scrolling through the looks of years past. Lucky for us, these 20 women completely knocked their red carpet appearances out of the park. Here are some of the greatest Emmy looks of all time.
1. Joan Collins, 1986
Three words: Glittering. Gold. Power-shoulders. It doesn’t get any more ’80s than this, folks.
2. Paula Abdul, 1989
Looks like we spoke too soon. We’re not sure if those are attached sleeves or separate gloves, but either way, Abdul is rocking them like no one else ever could. Or should.
3. Oprah Winfrey, 1994
Proof that the sheer red carpet dress trend was cool way before Beyoncé tried it.
4. Jennifer Aniston in Randolph Duke, 1999
Her hair was as confusing as her dress was stunning. Oh, and can we talk about that adorable mini bag, as well?
5. Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2000
This may have been the exact moment that SJP and Carrie Bradshaw ceased to be separate individuals and became one epically chic fashion goddess.
6. Mischa Barton in Oscar de la Renta, 2005
This embellished beauty would look just as fabulous on a red carpet today as it did 13 years ago.
7. Jennifer Love Hewitt in Dolce & Gabbana, 2005
Taking a little inspiration from SJP, perhaps? We love Hewitt for taking a risk and going short. There’s no doubt she totally nailed it.
8. Chloe Sevigny in Isaac Mizrahi, 2009
This polka-dot number was way ahead of its time and right on trend. Might it be time for a second appearance?
9. Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucci, 2011
The Goop founder’s two-piece ensemble proved to be quite divisive at the time, but we are 100% on board with her I Dream of Jeannie vibes.
10. Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano, 2014
Another crop top and skirt combo, this time with a bold ballgown. The perfect combination of chic and simple.
11. Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer, 2014
Cox made history that year as the first transgender person ever nominated for an Emmy—and she made a huge statement on the red carpet as well.
12. Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Couture, 2015
Don Draper’s daughter is all grown up and giving her model mama a run for her money when it comes to fabulous style.
13. Taraji P. Henson in Alexander Wang, 2015
Henson looked absolutely gorgeous in sheer black for her first Emmy nomination for Empire.
14. Sarah Paulson in Prada, 2016
As if her fellow nominees weren’t already green enough with envy over her look, Paulson went on to win for her role in The People v. O.J. Simpson. You go, girl.
15. Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad, 2016
It would have been a gorgeous ballgown on its own, but those painted and jeweled flowers take this stunner to a whole other level.
16. Zoë Kravitz in Dior Haute Couture, 2017
This rainbow beauty is best appreciated when seen in a full 360-degree twirl.
17. Jane Fonda in Brandon Maxwell, 2017
And we can pretty much all agree the greatest accessory of the entire evening was Fonda’s sleek ponytail.
18. Tracee Ellis Ross in Chanel, 2017
Only someone like Tracee Ellis Ross could pile on this many sequins and feathers and still have the shiniest part of her look be that dazzling smile.
19. Angela Sarafyan in Christian Siriano, 2018
The 36-year-old Westworld actress looked like an IRL star in a stunning Christian Siriano dress and Harry Kotlar jewels.
20. Penélope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture, 2018
A deconstructed take on Chanel’s signature tweed paired with Atelier Swarovski jewelry and a sassy pony—what’s not to love about Cruz’s look?