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09/29/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

salma hayek 300x400 The Week’s Best Dressed Star: Salma Hayek
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Salma Hayek often opts for ultra-sultry gowns with look-at-me silhouettes and tons of sex appeal. But after earning style props from more than 14,000 StyleWatch readers and landing herself at the top of our current best-dressed list, the Savages star may start to rethink her style choices. She snagged the number-one spot thanks to a simple, subtle and yes, even a bit conservative, sheath.

The Mexican actress’s knee-length leather charcoal dress, worn with Sergio Rossi pumps and a bright-red pout to the Savages photocall in Rome, got an 82 percent approval rating and helped her edge out pal Penélope Cruz, who wore a L’Wren Scott floral-print dress, a coordinating clutch and black Ferragamo heels at the Spain photocall for Twice Born. She also beat Taylor Swift, Natalie Portman and Halle Berry. No easy feat.

We have a feeling that Hayek may have turned over a new leaf and we expect to see her in similarly understated stylish ensembles over the next few months.

Find out which other stylish stars earned spots in the top five this week — and vote for your favorite looks — on our Red Carpet Spotlight page. Tell us: Do you love Hayek’s dress as much as everyone else does?

–Jennifer Cress

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