It’s not often I feature Meryl Streep; that’s because, let’s be honest, she doesn’t always make the best or the most flattering choices.

Well that changed on Saturday night on the red carpet when she attended the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner in New York City.

The Oscar-winning actress wore an Elie Saab Fall 2011 gown.

Her deep burgundy long-sleeve overlap gown with a ruched front and padded shoulders actually does an amazing job of giving her a defined waist.

So often Meryl appears to be hiding her figure, but this gown gives her a very feminine silhouette which is why she’s not wearing a wrap, pashmina or oversized coat on this occasion.

Elie magic strikes again.

You can buy Meryl’s Elie Saab dress from Boutique1.com.

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