Actress Kerry Washington has been named People magazine's Best Dressed Woman in the World.

The Django Unchained star was revealed as the head of the stylish elite on Wednesday (18Sep13) by editors at the magazine.

Their top women in Hollywood also include Jennifer Lawrence, Solange Knowles, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jessica Chastain.

In the magazine, Washington is praised for her her effortless and glamorous style, while the actress admits she just wants be sensible.

She says, "When I go somewhere I want to know I'm going to be comfortable and I'm dressed appropriately for the event. You're not going to dress the same way at the (President's) Inaugural Ball as you would at the MTV Movie Awards."

The actress also reveals she has no interest in overexposing herself on the red carpet by dressing too provocatively.

She continues, "It just really doesn't fit my personality. I'm not overexposed in my life, and I tend to not be overexposed on the red carpet."

Lawrence has been handed the Best High Fashion Style title, Solange Knowles the Best Risk-Taking Style crown, and Chastain the Best Red Carpet Style honour.

Best Pregnancy Style has gone to new mum Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Emma Stone lands the Best Classic Style nod.