10 Emmys Red Carpet Dresses That We'll Never Forget

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The Emmys can be a lot like the Oscars in that getting too daring with one's wardrobe doesn't always go over so well. Ball gowns and slinky floor-length frocks abound, but a few brave souls dare to dress up the serious occasion with a little something extra. Take January Jones for example: in 2010 she donned this daring, bright blue Atelier Versace dress and we've expected the unexpected from this little lady ever since.

Jonesin' for something different

The Emmys can be a lot like the Oscars in that getting too daring with one's wardrobe doesn't always go over so well. Ball gowns and slinky floor-length frocks abound, but a few brave souls dare to dress up the serious occasion with a little something extra. Take January Jones for example: in 2010 she donned this daring, bright blue Atelier Versace dress and we've expected the unexpected from this little lady ever since.

That's One stone cold fox

Amy Poehler had won our hearts in every way possible, but she wasn't always known for her style. That is, until she nabbed this little Peter Som number for the 2011 Emmys. It meets her usual knack for comfort, but the skin-tight, midnight blue material is a choice only a woman with nerves of steel could pull off. 

A lovely, yet lively choice

When former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively hit the Emmys in 2009, she donned a daringly low-cut red Versace gown with a high slit, to boot. Thanks to simple styling and her carefree attitude, this dress quickly went from too far to perfectly fearless.

By the hammer of thor, she looks amazing

It's not hard to love Tina Fey for all that she is, but when the mother of two took her svelt self to the Emmys in 2012, she made us love her even more. She not only "looked great for her age" (which is a phrase that needs to go shrivel up and die a horrible death), she looked amazing in a gown that's a bit edgier than her usual look. 

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Christina Hendricks was tired of people only talking about her figure by the time the Emmys rolled around in 2011, but that doesn't mean she wasn't willing to appreciate her God-given beauty her own way. She donned this impossibly sexy, low-cut sparkling gown by Johanna Johnson, taking the reins of the ongoing conversation about her looks and winning hearts of women everywhere. 

Dare to Bare It

Kerry Washington may be fearless on TV in ABC's Scandal, but she's got us wrapped around her finger when it comes to style, too. In 2010, she donned this daring Vivienne Westwood gown with a sheer skirt. While she was skewing sexier than most of the other attendees, her fearlessness took this look to new heights of glamour. 

Belle of the Black Swan Ball

We did say we expected the unexpected from Ms. Jones, didn't we? And in 2012, we got it again with this Zac Posen dress. While the look was a little polarizing, even leading some people to compare her to the dredded Gwyneth Paltrow see-through Oscars look, we think she looked fab. Dare to be a little different, darlings. 

Bold and Beautiful

Not too long after getting flack for a rather racy photo shoot in GQ, Glee star Lea Michele showed us she can be bold and sexy if she damn well pleases. Red may have been the trend at the 2011 Emmys, but Michele's scarlet Marchesa gown was the most fearless look of them all. 

Fearless Doesn't Always Mean "More Skin"

Ginnifer Goodwin is no stranger to bold style choices — the girl chopped off all her hair for goodness sakes. She's not messing around when it comes to looking her best, that's why you know she knew exactly what she was doing when she combined two potentially terrifying traits (orange and embellishment) at the 2012 Emmys. She wowed in this Monique Lhullier gown, just like she planned to.

Gwynny, Full of Grace

You don't have to be an avid Goop.com reader or a fan of her work on Glee to understand why Gwyneth Paltrow owned the night in this Pucci ensemble in 2011. She defied all standards of what an Emmy dress looks like, and by forging her own path, she rightfully had everyone's attention.