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Even though the Oscars were a lot different this year due to COVID-19, tons of celebrities still showed up in style. From glittering ball gowns to bright blues, these gorgeous outfits will leave you in awe. Not only that, but with the Oscars, we get a first-hand glimpse into upcoming fashion trends. To preface, I'm by no means a style guru, but I had a ton of fun critiquing these glam outfits.
Prominent themes on the red carpet this year were cutouts and side slit dresses. Cutouts and slits add a nice touch to plain dresses, especially when paired with flashy jewelry. The bright, shiny colors of the dresses are also uplifting, especially the gold trend lots of celebrities went for. Each dress is really unique, and compliments not only the actresses' figures, yet their personalities. I really like how Carey Mulligan stayed rather low on the jewelry; as her dress was already shimmering, it was a great move to keep the attention on her gown. In contrast, I loved how both Zendaya and Vanessa Kirby used jewelry as a way to boost their dresses.
Another big theme this year was plunging v-necks. Each v-neck dress was made with a same cascading fabric, which brings a unique, tranquil appearance to each dress. Tiara Thomas, on the other hand, sported a v-neck top, feather-trimmed jacket, and trendy, flared dress pants. I wish more of these actresses wore dangling necklaces as Tiara had; it would've added to their dresses, and would've brought out more glam. However, the statement lipstick both Amanda Seyfried and Maria Bakalova are wearing make up for the pop of flash bold jewelry would've brought.
Lots of celebrities wore dresses with stunning sleeves. These quirky sleeves bring out each dress, and draw lots of attention. My favorite has to be Regina King's sleeves; the pattern of dazzling beads along them makes her sleeves look like butterfly wings. I also really like Emerald Fennell's spring-like dress; the playful pattern matched with the ruffles adds a whimsical look. The use of eccentric clutches is not only interesting, but really artistic. Personally, I like Celeste's purse more, as it stands out against her black gown.
In contrast, there were also tons of glam spaghetti-strap and sleeveless dresses. Sadly, many of these dresses weren't pulled off as well, which is a shame. While I adore Viola Davis' bold white dress, the lace design is a little basic. Maybe if the lace had been a different color, or if the dress had lace-patterned sleeves, the dress would pull off better. I'm also not a big fan of Mia Neal's dress; the dramatic turtleneck reminds me of something straight out of a science fiction film. The neckline could've been lowered a bit more, or gotten rid of altogether, yet I applaud her for trying something unique. Lastly, Reese Witherspoon's dress has an almost out of place maroon stripe, and her gold belt clashes with her silver jewelry. Without the stripe or the golden belt, her dress of choice would appear stunning.
Among the vibrant colors, my favorite was probably this bold shade of blue. Blue is usually associated with sadness, yet these shades offer a more cheerful look at the color. H.E.R.'s bejeweled two-piece stands out, and her purple shades pull the outfit together when paired with her matching lipstick. Glenn Close's outfit, on the other hand, was a bit too busy. The navy gloves and dress pants tone down the liveliness of the blue dress. On top of that, the dress' pattern is confusing, and hard to follow. If the dress wasn't decorated with the busy, beaded pattern, and Glenn had chose different colored accessories, the outfit would've looked much better.
To some, modest dresses appear boring or plain, yet these preppy dresses are each elegant in their own way. Trish Summerville's mockneck dress, despite being almost colorless, has a nice two-toned compliment of grid and black. I love Youn Yuh-jung's dress, too; the three-quarter sleeves and large pockets are tasteful. Lastly, Han Ye-ri's red gown styled with the gold buttons on the side add a nice pop.
Typically, menswear on the red carpet is usually as basic as a dress suit, yet are styled up with fun accessories and touches that enhance the look. Out of the bunch, Lee Issac Chung's suit with the trendy pocket watch chain and glossy Doc Martens adds spunk to his black suit. Same with Daniel Kaluuya's outfit; the pearl necklace is a charming accessory adds more to the basic suit. I wish more celebrities that sport suits would incorporate accessories with their outfits. Not only does it strengthen the look, yet it looks very refined and stylish.
Steal the style this summer by taking action into following these Hollywood fashion trends.
- Purple, 60's-styled hipster glasses, just like H.E.R.'s ($6.99 on Amazon)
- Cream, corset-styled top, adorned with perfectly puffy sleeves ($41.25 on Nordstrom)
- Gorgeous v-neck gown, similar to Carey Mulligans' ($199 on PromGirl)
- Glossy platform oxfords, the same pair as Lee Isaac Chung ($140 on Doc Martens)
(Images provided by respected compaines: Amazon, Nordstrom, PromGirl and Doc Martens)
Although the Oscars weren't as magical as they usually seem this year because of the pandemic, celebrities still styled up for the occasion, which made the awards ceremony much more enjoyable. With obvious style themes in these movie stars' outfits, it's only a matter of time to see which unique trends the fashion industry picks up on.