Every year, the gowns that appear on the red carpet become a source of inspiration for countless black tie and formal gowns – for better or for worse, awards season seems to set many trends for the following year. However, the majority of us don’t have the glamorous sort of lifestyle that requires wearing gowns on a regular basis, so here are several options to work Oscar inspiration into your daily ensembles.
Blush – perhaps the biggest fashion story from the 2013 Academy Awards was the prevalence of blush, nude and neutral hues. A structured shift like this one by Ports 1961 takes the saccharine out of this sweet shade.
Cobalt – A number of ladies decided to go bolder with deep blue frocks. Sapphire hues are flatting on nearly everyone, so picking up this color in the form of a top, scarf, or a dress like this Art Gala peplum would be utterly elegant day or night.
Pewter – Pewter was also a favorite, with Naomi Watts and Stacey Keibler both rocking metallic columns with interesting details. While full-on metallic is a bit much for most of us (at least for daytime), a metallic bag or shoe like these Rag & Bone booties should do the trick. Pair them with all black so they really pop!
Long Sleeves For Evening – Jennifer Hudson rocked ‘em with black and blue sequins on the red carpet, Adele sparkled in two different glittering long-sleeved ensembles, and Samantha Barks chose a long-sleeved form-fitting gown for her performance. Take a cue from these leading ladies and try a more covered-up look for your next evening out, like this Tower of Babel Bandage Top.
High Necklines – On a similar note, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, and others all avoided the typical plunging or strapless styles and went for higher necklines (proof you don’t have to show cleavage to have serious sex appeal). Adapt the look for your own night out with a print turtleneck dress like this slinky number from Kamalikulture.
Strong Shoulders – Halle Berry’s dress might have elicited some 80s flashbacks, but there is no denying it made an impact. For a similar but softer look, try a blazer with more aggressive silhouette like this emerald green silk blazer by Drew (bonus: bold green is the year’s hottest color).
Clearly, you don’t need to have a red carpet lifestyle to be inspired by the Academy Awards – you just need to interpret the trends in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle.
1. Ports 1961 Knot-front Wool Dress, now $240.02
2. Art Gala Peplum Dress In Royal Blue, now $32.50
4. Tower of Babel Bandage Top, $159
5. KAMALIKULTURE Turtleneck Dress, $98
6. Drew Forest Silk ‘Regan’ Strong Shoulder Blazer, now $71
– Jacqueline Zenn
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