In a city as stylish as Dallas, coming up with an end-of-year best-dressed list is no easy task. But I've searched my digital scrapbook — from springtime fêtes such as Art Ball and House of DIFFA to fall favorites like Cattle Baron's Ball and Crystal Charity Ball — to find the looks that I think stood out in 2014 and the people who wore them so well.
Nancy Rogers rocked the runway at Fashion Group International Dallas' Night of Stars Gala, where she was honored as Art Patron of the Year.
House of DIFFA always inspires some of the most memorable looks of the year, but Siloam Cardona and Rey Ortiz stood out even among this colorful crowd at the Masquerade-themed 2014 fundraiser and fashion show at Omni Dallas.
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, a fixture on the Dallas social scene along with her husband, Justin, had everyone speechless at this year's Crystal Charity Ball, thanks to this form-fitting, floor-length red gown from Zac Posen.
As a young designer, Kira Plastinina has made a mark on the city by clothing other stylish women, but she also turns heads wherever she goes with a look uniquely her own. Here she is appropriately and artfully dressed at the 2014 MTV RE:DEFINE art auction and gala with Trey Wallette.
We may have to share Ceron with Houston, but when he is on the scene in Dallas, he's always one of the best-dressed in the room. The celebrity hairstylist knew just what to do at the Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon at Neiman Marcus.
It was impossible not to notice the always fashionable Bradley Agather Means (left) as she cruised around the DMA sculpture garden in her neon yellow gown at the 2014 Art Ball. Basking in her glow are the equally lovely Kendall Coleman and Kari Schlegel Kloewer.
Speaking of the Art Ball, Christen Wilson sported some neon herself, in the form of pink heels. But that wasn't her only bold move: She chose a short gown when most other ladies went long. She's pictured with Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick and his wife, Wendy.
Lynn McBee, one of the most active women on the Dallas charity scene, chose elegantly (as she always does) for her special night serving as chair of the Dallas Opera's First Night Gala. That dapper gent by her side is her husband, Allan.
Era Salon owner Maleiah Rogers (left) wowed the audience — and the judges — at our inaugural CultureMap Stylemaker Awards at Tootsies. Fellow finalist Melissa Rountree proved she deserved to win readers' choice.
We love a man who favors well-tailored classics. But for the Mario Testino opening at the Dallas Contemporary, Shelby Wagner (right), pictured with Testino himself and Muffin Lemak, chose a jacket with some pattern and sheen for a thoroughly modern look. Gentlemen, take note: A good fit is always in fashion.
Erin Mathews (left), pictured here with Cindy Turner, was perfection in this printed pantsuit and mixed metallics at the 2014 Crystal Charity 10 Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon. Just one of the many reasons she's a supremely stylish woman Dallas cannot do without.
At Cattle Baron's Ball, social swells always have a good time interpreting the theme in their attire, and the looks vary wildly. Some show up in jeans and cowboy boots; others glam it up for this country chic affair (because this is Dallas, after all). Designer Nardos Imam (right) and Mary Frances Hurt chose the latter to great effect.
At Forty Five Ten's annual holiday party, owner Brian Bolke (right) roared in this animal-print blazer — perhaps the only way he could stand out next to the towering Tyson Chandler, who showed us that athletes have major style too.