Whether it’s at the Oscars, the Met Gala, the Grammy’s, or another red carpet celebration, the stars come out in style. Sometimes the fashion is the most entertaining part of the evening. And as we all know, trends from the red carpet will find their way into everyday evening wear and even casual wear.
Ladies (and gentlemen!) have been making stunning fashion statements in red. From candy apple to ruby red to scarlet, it has been showing up in floor-length gowns (and yes, men’s suits!). Red is a great showstopper color if you want to make a statement, and celebrities have been taking advantage of that. Red symbolizes joy and love, making it a wonderful color for special occasion dresses unless basic black or white would be more appropriate. In some cultures, red is the traditional color for wedding dresses instead of white.
For those of us not on the red carpet, red is still an excellent pop color—and with so many different shades to choose from, you can find one that looks great with your skin tone. Whether it’s a fun casual dress, a dressier dress, a statement blouse, or a great accessory, consider red.
Oh, the gorgeous pinks and other pastels have been out in force. Spring is in the air, and the flowing fabric of gowns is on the red carpet. Pinks are a favorite—perhaps because they are the softer statement color in the red family. Whatever the reason, there have been some gorgeous gowns this season in pink.
It’s… back! Women wearing menswear-styled clothing have run the gamut from Marlene Dietrich to Angelina Jolie. This season’s red carpet women have put several new spins on this classic look for women, from cropped white silk tuxedo shirts that are paired with gorgeous floor-length silver skirts to full-on head-to-toe white tuxedos that nod to classic glamour and perhaps our suffragette roots, too.
A pair of black dress pants with a women’s white blouse (silk is always a lovely choice) is a look that you will want to file away as a classic. With all the styles available of white blouses and the many ways you can wear them—tucked, partially tucked, and flowing, for example, this is a sophisticated look that you are sure to want to have in your wardrobe. Consider dressing it up with a great pair of black heels and neutral-colored jewelry all in one shade (e.g., all pearls, all silver, etc.).
Most of the men have been wearing tuxedos on the red carpet this season, but oh, how they have worn them! From reds to purples and pinks and other colorful options, the tuxedo has never looked more vivid. And even the black and white tuxedos have new looks. Some skipped the tie altogether or went sans shirt with their tuxedo jacket for a daring look.
It’s fun to see diversity in men’s fashion become more mainstream. As handsome as they looked in them, you must wonder if the male stars from the past who had only black and white tuxedos to choose from weren’t a bit envious this season.
Some of the best fashion moments on the red carpet come from the old Hollywood glamour gowns. Column skirts with trains and voluminous ball gowns have been spotted. Some looked like they probably required two assistants to get their wearer positioned for photos because there was so much gorgeous fabric to be corralled and artfully arranged!
Although most of us won’t be wearing anything quite so glamorous in our day-to-day lives, the architectural lines and gorgeous fabrics can be an inspiration for special occasions. A neutral-colored dress with a classic column skirt can be a great choice for a formal wedding or charity ball. Maxi dresses for women, and tall maxi dresses have their own everyday touch of this glamour because a floor-length dress always makes a statement. And whether you emulate their looks, the stylish sightseeing on the red carpet is great fun.
Black dresses are a classic for the red carpet, and it has been there with a twist this season. Beautiful, structured dresses have been spotted in styles from the divine to the daring. Plunging necklines and slit skirts showing off great gams were there, of course, but unique cutouts and architectural skirts and trains also joined the mix.
Because black looks so dramatic, it is a great choice for statement dresses. Many of us have that LBD in our closet (or wish that we could find the right one). Black is a classic for formalwear, along with its sister, white. Especially for summer, consider combining the two.
Enjoy the red carpet inspiration this season!