Ellen Pompeo Or Nicole Richie: Who Wore Gold Best?

Ellen Pompeo at the Marquee Nightclub In The Cosmopolitan grand opening on Dec. 30, 2010, and Nicole Richie at the Venetian in Las Vegas on Dec. 31, 2009.
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Nicole Richie and Ellen Pompeo both shined in a gorgeous gold mini during recent red carpet appearances. Nicole, who recently married her beau Joel Madden, wore the sequin shift—which is not only from her fashion line, Winter Kate, but is even named after her!—for a 2009 New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas. She rocked the dress with black tights and YSL pumps and wore her hair down for the night’s festivities. Fast-forward about a year, when on Dec. 30 Ellen chose the exact same outfit (down to the dark tights and shoes) for another Vegas event. The only difference was that Ellen, who stars in Grey’s Anatomy, whipped her hair into a bun for the ensemble. While both ladies looked lovely in the dress, we thought the originator Nicole won this style matchup. Ellen’s hairdo wasn’t working for us, but we adored Nicole’s low-key but sexy tousled strands. What do you think?

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