Every year, the magazine decides which celebrities continually stun on the red carpet. The taste-making actress likes thinking out of the box when it comes to her designer choices.
The 36-year-old old star of ABC's "Scandal" told People that for her, it's all about balance.
"It's not dressing like a nun, and it's also not dressing like I'm in a swimsuit competition. It's finding the middle ground," she said.
Washington, selected by the magazine editors, works with stylist Erin Walsh.
People also tapped other tastemakers to pick their favorites for the magazine's top 10 list, which included Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Lily Collins, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain, Solange Knowles and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.