From the Red Carpet to Your Carpet
I, too, sat on the edge of my couch watching some major moments at last month’s Academy Awards (and I’m just talking about the parade of style on the pre-show Red Carpet). If you’re looking to update your style a bit, we suggest adapting some of the most wearable — and winning — Oscars fashion and beauty trends for a fresh new look.
1. Strike a “posie” in spring florals.
At the Academy Awards, Hailee Steinfeld and Cynthia Erivo were among the stars wearing luxe gowns bedecked with embroidered blossoms from Ralph & Russo (Steinfeld) and Paolo Sebastien (Erivo).
We know not everyone can wear a floral ballgown, so we’re looking to the runways for queues on how to wear this trend IRL. This year, you’ll see it translated into breezy and flowy dresses and tops dotted with blooms. We’ve seen ones we love from the likes of Rag & Bone, Vetements, Chloé, Tory Burch, and Coach 1941.
Image via NY Mag.
2. Consider an ear cuff!
Maybe you thought quirky ear adornment was more for the barista who makes the fun design in your latte foam, but bona fide grown-up Isabelle Huppert looked tres chic at the Oscars with her hair tucked behind her ear, exposing a single Repossi diamond ear cuff.
Off camera, the long and the short of it is that asymmetrical earrings are trending. Try wearing a gold stud on one side and a dangler on the other. And brands at all price ranges are making quirky ear cuffs (steal Huppert’s hairdo to show it off). Plus, how exciting is the fact that there is a future for all our single earrings to which we’ve lost the pair?!
Image via Vogue.
3. Platforms are in.
After Viola Davis won for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, she changed from high-profile, spiky red pumps to a pair of matching YRU “flatform” lace-ups. Then, on the Red Carpet at the hot Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, she flashed her winning smile, golden statuette, and comfy rose gold Stella McCartney lace-ups with a built-up sole.
Image via Popsugar.
Now dedicated followers of fashion can stand tall but still be totally grounded with chunky shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo, Balmain, and Dolce & Gabbana. For a sporty (and affordable) spin on the high life, check out these so-cute Teva sandals. Looking to ease into the trend? These KAANAS Seshat Platform Espadrille Sandals are perfect for a backyard BBQ.
4. All-white is no longer just for brides.
Wearing stand-out white was a very poised Auli’I Cravalho, who (almost dodged) waving flags while singing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Naomie Harris sported a tea-length Calvin Klein dress (complete with train) on the carpet. Karlie Kloss’s Stella McCartney was sleek and Priyanka Chopra wore geometrically textured Ralph & Russo.
Image via The Hollywood Reporter.
Who else wears this look? Well, goddesses, suffragettes, nurses, Democratic women in Congress… so you’ll be in good company. You can dress it down, too, and pair scuffed-up white jeans and a cotton v-neck sweater or, this summer, go for the ever popular LWD (little white dress) sundress.
5. Headbands are making a comeback!
Some stars always look regal, but this year a few of them took it to a higher level with crown-like headbands: Ruth Negga (hers was from Irene Neuwirth and ruby-studded), Janelle Monae (Jennifer Behr), Salma Hayek (Fred Leighton).
Image via US Magazine.
This is a look that is as at home in the dusty mess that is Coachella as at brunch, IMHO. And you don’t need the kind of jewels that require an armed guard — if you’re on a budget, the place to check out fun, impulse-buy headgear is one of those teen accessories shops down at the mall.
6. Would you go mismatched?
Naomie Harris also wowed us at the Oscars with her intentionally mismatching Calvin Klein strappy sandals with asymmetrical straps and a flash of color.
Image via E! Online.
Now this may be something that you’ve only done when you’ve gotten dressed in the dark, but consider the examples we’ve seen of colorful not-morning-mistake boots from Celine. When I worked at Condé Nast, I’d see a Vogue editor wearing black-and-white Chanel ballet flats — black toe on one, white on the other foot.
To play it safe, keep it the exact same shoe in complementary colors (you don’t want to give yourself a limp with uneven heel heights or pointed vs round toes). And, remember, this is an excuse to buy two times the number of shoes.
It’s (almost) spring, the season of fresh starts. Consider trying something new and shaking up your style this season!