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The Academy Awards are just around the corner and Oscar buzz is building across all four corners of the globe. While the show is always a hit with movie lovers, everyone knows it’s just as much fun to see what all the stars are wearing.
If you’re gearing up for what many consider the “fashion Olympics,” here are some great red carpet looks to get in the spirit of Oscar season.
Oscar Party Style
Are you attending an Oscar party? Before you sharpen those pencils to fill out your Oscar pool, check out these style ideas to suit whatever event you’re attending.
1. For a House Party
Even an at-home event calls for a little sparkle. Channel Oscar gold with this drapey cardigan, then up the glam factor while staying supremely comfortable with of a pair of chain-accented leggings.
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2. For a Movie Theater Viewing
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Gathering with your fellow movie buffs at the cinema? Celebrate the world’s most famous red carpet by donning a little red dress — like this flirty, stretchy option. With a scoop back and notice-me color, it’ll easily rival what the stars are wearing on the big screen. Finish it off with an Oscar-worthy statement necklace.
3. For a Charity Gala
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One of the big trends on the red carpet this year was dresses with a cape accent. This satiny tuxedo-inspired cocktail dress is available in both white and black, and channels the high style of the ladies and gentlemen on the red carpet. Finish it off by raising a toast to the winners with a fun, champagne-bottle inspired clutch.
Flashback Red Carpet Fashion
The Oscars are all about creating iconic fashion moments. Here are a few ways to capture iconic star styles from past years for those of us that don’t have couture budgets!
4. Michelle Williams in Vera Wang (2006)
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Jaws dropped when Michelle Williams arrived at the Oscars in this stunning mustard-hued gown, causing many designers to reach for this unusual hue in their collections for years to come. Channel the same feminine vibes in this floaty maxi dress with a faux leather waistband, and polish things off with a sparkly necklace.
5. Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta (2010)
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Has the actress ever looked more flawless? Donning an ethereal dress with elaborate beading, this confection of a dress was what little girls’ (and big ones’) dreams are made of. This tulle and sequin number creates an equally princessy vibe.
6. Lupita Nyong’o in Prada (2014)
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After a fairy tale awards season for the young actress, Lupita cemented her status as fashion icon with this dramatic sky blue dress, which she wore to claim her first statue. This dreamy gown serves up a similarly striking hue with a beautiful open back and sheer panels to make you feel every inch the starlet.
7. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
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When Sandra Bullock stepped onto the stage to claim her Oscar for The Blindside, she looked almost as radiant as her award. The cap sleeves and silver beading on this svelte dress channel a similar Old Hollywood level of glam.
Steal Silver Screen Style
It’s not just about emulating what the stars are wearing on the red carpet — many of this year’s nominated films are inspiring fashion trends of their own.
8. Brooklyn (2014)
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This 1950s gem of a film offers a wardrobe as romantic as its plotline. Saoirse Ronan shines in a bevy of candy-colored cardigans and pretty floral skirts. Channel the same aesthetic with kitten heels, a full skirt, and a cute cardi of your own.
9. Carol (2015)
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Another 50s movie, which earned both Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara nods, that’s making big style waves is Carol, where set and costume design play a big part in telling the story. Rooney Mara’s beatnik student style is the inspiration for this fun BB Dakota number — pair it with any simple black turtleneck for a sleek throwback look.
10. The Danish Girl (2015)
Yes, there are plenty of gorgeous gowns donned by both Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne, both nominated for their work in The Danish Girl. But one standout piece that would be coveted even today has to be Alicia Vikander’s character’s robe, her preferred garment of choice when painting husband Einar. This flirty alternative has a shorter, more modern cut, but still channels the beautiful Japanese artwork of the movie’s design.