Now that the drama over who rocked the runway and who didn’t is over, let’s take a look at my favorite part of the Oscars — using the best looks as style inspiration for my everyday ensembles. Here are a few of my favorite trends, along with tips on adapting them for your wardrobe:
Michelle Williams and Emma Stone sported two of the most universally popular Oscar looks, and both wore eye-catching colors that stood out from the standard little black dress. Of course, you can do the same thing when heading to dressy affairs, but you can also incorporate a pop of color for work or nights out. Pick up a bright pink cashmere sweater and don’t be afraid to wear it to the office. Or get a shirt like the Bailey 44 ruched top I recently bought, and wear it out for the evening with jeans. When braving a bright shade or red or pink, take a page out of Stone’s book and keep your makeup and accessories simple. I loved her subdued black liner and neutral lip that allowed her dress to draw the attention.
Another part of Stone’s look that caught my eye was the oversized bow on her dress, along with the elegant rosette on Stacy Kiebler’s gown. For cocktail dresses with unique embellishments, my go-to is BCBG, but again, look for standout details like this on work and weekend pieces, too. J. Crew is my favorite spot for scoring embellished tanks and tees that can be worn alone, under suits or even with a cashmere hoodie for a luxe, casual look. Just think how this Sunlit sequin tank would spice up your basic mix-and-match pieces.
Kiebler and Meryl Streep both stood out in shimmery, gold gowns. If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know I’ve been on the sparkle bandwagon for years, but this is a reminder to mix metallics into my wardrobe. Right now, you’ll find a great selection of shimmer at Express. This Sequin V-neck Cami comes in a range of colors and can be worn alone with jeans or black pants, or under a black blazer. If you’re daring, brave one of the many sequined miniskirts in stock at Express right now — this gold version has a fun hint of Egyptian inspiration.
Williams and Tina Fey both looked fetching in dresses featuring peplums. This style that’s fitted to the true waist, then flares out into a short skirt or ruffle that’s fitted over a longer skirt, is particularly flattering because it accentuates your waist and creates an hourglass shape. I like pairing tops that emulate the peplum style with a bodice that’s fitted to my natural waist but then flares out to create a similar shape with skinny jeans for a standout ensemble. For some reason, I always seem to score tops like this at Anthropologie — perhaps because much of their inventory takes inspiration from vintage styles. This Star Trails Halter will give you the look, and it can be paired perfectly with dark denim and red shoes.
Ladies in White
All right, we usually see the little black dress, the red dress and the shiny dress, but this year, white, off-white and cream dresses showed big on the red carpet, Think Gwynth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. As a blonde, I sometimes shy away from cream-toned clothes because I think it makes for one pale, kind of colorless look, but after seeing Paltrow and Diaz, I’m planning to revisit the look this year, perhaps with a pretty sundress like this BB Dakota Huron Eyelet Dress. The key to pulling off white is a healthy glow, so I’ll definitely be using Tan Towels before trying the look, and natural makeup with lots of shimmer. I loved Gwyneth’s healthy-looking face. Plan to play up your cheekbones and go with a natural lip and a lot of mascara.
This is some of the inspiration I took from the red carpet. Anything you’ll be working into your spring/summer wardrobe?