"Scandal" star  Kerry Washington was named the "World's Best Dressed Woman" by People magazine on Wednesday.

Washington, 36, headed a list that included Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, singer-songwriter Solange Knowles and actresses Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Kate Bosworth.

"I don't wear a lot of pants," Washington said in a statement announcing the honor. "When I go somewhere I want to know I'm going to be comfortable and I'm dressed for the event."

People magazine Executive Editor Elizabeth Sporkin praised Washington for her fashion sense.

"There has been a trend this year in lady-like fashion and I think she is almost single-handedly responsible for it," Sporkin said in an interview.

The celebrity magazine said it compiled the list after getting input from its editors, its 42 million readers and fashion directors and bloggers.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was named best dressed last year.

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