Michelle Williams has a look that is all her own. When she shows up on the red carpet, she never dresses like anyone else. She stands out, not in a “what the heck was she thinking?” way, but in an eye-catching way. Michelle’s style is the perfect blend of feminine, whimsical and fashionable. She chooses pieces with unique details but they never look twee or costume-y.
Take a look at some of Michelle Williams’ most captivating red carpet looks:
The classic sheath dress gets a touch of sweetness thanks to the bow detail on the asymmetric neckline and the coral fabric. Michelle’s cropped haircut and taupe heels keep the look sophisticated.
If you’re going to wear a dress with massive bottles of nail polish and eyelash curlers on it, you need to know how to stop it from looking like you’re wearing a surrealist painting. Michelle’s chunky black boots and two-tone clutch ground the look.
Sparkles may be a common thing on the red carpet but you don’t see many dresses like Michelle’s. Her shift dress is decorated with dark clouds and sparkly rain. This could have looked very juvenile but her simple accessories make it a classic-with-a-twist look.
White and embellishment are two things that people associate with whimsical fashion. Michelle has both of those in this outfit. If she wore a more elaborate gown, she could have looked like a character in Oz, given that she is standing on a yellow brick road. However, the short-sleeve fitted silhouette and her asymmetric haircut keep it from going into fairy godmother territory.
This is how you pull off a playful look if you are an adult. Michelle’s dress mixes textures, patterns and colors but the frock is a classic shape and the color scheme is elegant. Also note the lack of accessories.
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Michelle knows to pick something with an interesting detail and keep the rest of her outfit very simple. The scallop edge on this black and white dress is the statement so she doesn’t overdo it with contrasting accessories. She doesn’t need anything else.
Another reason Michelle’s whimsical outfits are always a hit is because she chooses the right silhouettes. This black and gold dress has just a hint of a flutter sleeve but it is enough. If you were to start adding lots of volume, it would be too much with the sparkly gold stripes.
On the wrong person, this dress could have gone horribly wrong. It could easily have ended up looking like Miss Prom Queen 2012. Michelle’s contrasting red lipstick and nail polish balance out the sweetness of the dress.
Michelle isn’t really a safety pins and head-to-toe black leather sort of girl. For the punk-themed Met Gala, she stayed true to her style but worked the theme into her look with this strapless black dress and jeweled headband. The book clutch adds the right whimsical touch.
The geometric floral pattern on Michelle’s dress is two parts retro one part quirky. Her contrasting purple peep-toe shoes suit the playfulness of the dress.
This is how you pull off a feathered dress without it looking kooky. What makes this dress work is the fitted strapless silhouette and the short feathers. If she had feathers hanging off of her, she would have looked like a peacock.
Headbands are something we don’t see enough of on the red carpet. Celebrities often avoid them because if they choose the wrong one, they can end up looking like pageant queens. Michelle managed to pull off a headband while wearing a tricky printed velvet fabric.
13. Oscars, 2012The Oscars is when stars really up their fashion game. As a nominee, Michelle could have gone completely over-the-top but she resisted the urge. She wore this layered strapless dress with a peplum detail. The silver bow on the waistband and the contrasting pink clutch were understated but added the right whimsical touch to the dress.
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