Because it's been published in Vanity Fair since 2002 and has been around since 1940, the annual International Best Dressed List is the all-important be all end all of best dressed lists. And it is quite expansive: The total number of honorees varies from year to year, but there are always multiple categories, like "originals," "professionals," "hall of fame," "women" and "couples."
There also tend to be a number of royals and aristocrats from other countries that we've never heard of on the list, who just dress like your typical disproportionately wealthy European. And those types often take spots away from people we like more.
Don't get us wrong: Vanity Fair and its "international committee of fashion authorities" made some excellent choices this year: Lupita Nyong'o, Emma Watson and Cate Blanchett topped the list, thankfully. Audrey Gelman and Annie Clark were unlikely picks -- in a really good way. And we totally agree with the inclusion of Pharrell and Eddie Redmayne in the male category. (See the full list here and an awesome Mario Testino-lensed shoot here.)
While we understand that everyone can't make the list every year, there are a few people who we feel were a little more deserving of the honor than, say, Prince Mary of Denmark or Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Read on for our picks.