09/18/2013 AT 09:10 AM EDT
has a lot to celebrate this year. First, the 36-year-old star
got married. Then she was nominated for an Emmy. And now she's been named PEOPLE's Best Dressed Woman!
It wasn’t exactly a difficult decision for the editors here. After all, Washington has been killing it in the style department lately, from her sparkly Miu Miu stunner at the Golden Globes (left) to her embellished pink Miu Miu design at the Oscars (center) and of course that bold yellow Jason Wu dress, selected for the CFDAs (right).
For the record: We could have shown (and gushed about) dozens more looks from Washington. And we have a feeling that PEOPLE's Best Dressed Woman will further prove she’s worthy of her new title when she hits the Emmys red carpet this Sunday.
So, how does the nominee go about choosing the perfect dress for an event like the Emmys? She collaborates with her stylist of two years, Erin Walsh. "Erin and I really work hand in hand," Washington tells PEOPLE. "We’re always sending each other ideas and pictures."
She adds, "For me the goal is to feel comfortable, event-appropriate and to be an elevated, more special version of myself or to feel like the best version of myself in that context and just be in the moment."
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Washington was a shoe-in for Best Dressed Woman of the Year.
The star of the hit show Scandal
is in very good company. She follows in the fashionable footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow
, who won the honor last year, as well as previous years' winners including Blake Lively
, Zoë Saldana
and Kate Winslet