To be honest awards season to me has been fairly disappointing in terms of the fashion—I mean, Jennifer Aniston looked incredible with that body chain at the SAGs, that pink dress on Kristen Bell at the People’s Choice Awards blew my mind, and Emma Stone‘s jumpsuit at the Golden Globes is one my favorite red carpet outfits of all time. Other than that…forgettable, plain, forgettable, LBD, forgettable.
Last night though, the stylists of Hollywood redeemed themselves with red, embellishments, sequins, lace, and all-around fabulousness. These dresses were so enviable that I thought, there must be a way to emulate the look that doesn’t involve learning how to act, moving to L.A., enduring years of struggling and going out for auditions, being exceptionally poor, maybe getting a big break, and you know…winning an Oscar. Here’s what I came up with.
If anyone deserved a fashion win last night, it was Rosamund Pike. Luckily, her stylist stepped up his or her game with this stunning gown. Clearly, we should all be wearing more red lace, even though it’s winter and you may be, like me, the palest girl in school.
If there is one thing Rosamund proved with this look it’s that you can rock a red dress (Gina Bacconi Grossgrain Dress, JohnLewis.com) with a red shoe (Sophia Strappy Sandal, Office). If you’re itching to drape yourself in red lace but don’t have a cocktail-dress occasion coming up, you probably need to add this lace blouse to your shopping cart stat (Lace Blouse, H&M). Throw that on with a pair of jeans and these fabulous strappy pumps (Netty Pumps, Steve Madden) and you are golden. Rosamund’s only accessories were small dangly earrings and some major blush, which was right on point. If you’re wearing red lace, you don’t need to have too much else going on.
This was one of my favorite look of the night, of awards season, of ever. This is how you do sequins without being over the top. This is how you do sexy while still being classy and insanely glamorous. I will never look this stunning in sequins, but you better believe I’m going to try.
Why haven’t we been wearing more chunky chokers (Catarina Zangranda Choker. Ssense.com)? From this day forward, I am going to honor Carmen’s beauty by throwing on a choker every once in awhile when I go out, because why the hell not? These are fairly expensive, but never fear, knockoffs abound at H&M. This slinky top (Apricot Criss Cross Vest, Sheinside) captures the vibe of Carmen’s dress, and I had to imagine she would wear it with leather pants (Alexander McQueen Faux Leather High-Rise Jeans, The Outnet) and black heels (Sophie Black Suede Stiletto, PrettyLittleThing). Makeup-wise, this NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne Cherry Red is very close to the sumptuous shade Carmen had on.
After seeing J.Lo in this gown, I’m seriously contemplating only wearing nude and blush tones for the rest of my days.
I’ll be honest. There is no way for a mere mortal to truly copy anything J.Lo does. But what I’m taking from this look is the neutral color palette which makes her look positively radiant and the full skirt. I know it’s winter, and unless you are blessed with Jennifer’s complexion, it’s doubtful you will glow like she does. But these colors are so subdued and pretty that you can use them to focus on the details—interesting textures, shapes, and embellishments.
Here are the tops, from left to right: Floral Lace Crop Top (River Island), Toptie Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse (Amazon), Jacquard Bardot Top (Miss Selfridge), and 3D Stripe Top (Topshop). If you haven’t yet, at least take the opportunity to fall in love with full skirts (Tibi Embroidered Midi, The Outnet) / (Coast Iridesa Skirt, House of Fraser). They look amazing on everyone. Keep the nude palette going with these Panther Pumps (Office) or the Triple Banded Ankle Strap Pumps (Charlotte Russe).
Hello structured baby blue perfection. There are so many affordable pieces that evoke a similar feeling as this stunning Tom Ford number, and it may be time to get your hands on one.
This color is the perfect choice for dressing while it’s still cold but transitioning into spring. It’s flattering on oh-so-many skin tones, and it’s subtle without being boring. Light blue structured coats have been everywhere this winter, and now’s the time to get one since they’re all on sale. From left to right: Sixties Collarless Jacket (Oasis), Hallhuber Kimono Coat (House of Fraser), and Princess Coat (Warehouse).
Reese’s dress is so sexy, classic, and ladylike, and these dresses take that look from work to play. My picks from left to right: Victoria Beckham Shift Dress (Farfetch), Pale Blue Strappy Wrap Bodycon (New Look), and Miss Selfridge Pale Blue Bardot Bodycon (House of Fraser).