Real-Girl Red Carpet Style
Updated: Jun 7
Lights, camera, action. Sunday is one of the most glamorous days of the year-- the Oscars. While the award show is the main event, we all know the real action happens on the red carpet. And although we admire these looks from our living rooms, most of us don't have a need for evening gowns in our weekly wardrobe. We also don't have a glam squad-- or at least I certainly don't.
It got me thinking. How can we achieve a red carpet inspired look without looking ridiculously over-the-top in real life?
Uniqueness, elegance, and femininity come to mind when I think of a photo-ready Hollywood outfit-- which is what inspired today's outfit.
In this look, I paired a sheer red maxi dress with nude pumps and an embellished belt to create a glamorous yet completely wearable style for a variety of special occasions.
Element of Surprise
I'm going to share the best piece of fashion advice I've been given: create an element of surprise. Whether it's a pop of color or interesting texture, this can be achieved on an everyday basis. However, dressier occasions give us more of an opportunity to create an unexpected feature with high-cut slits, backless dresses or an original accessory.
When I first tried on this dress, I loved that it had a shorter layer underneath and an angled bottom.
When to Wear
This look can be worn to a gala, fancy dinner, or night at the theatre. If it's a dressy occasion that involves dancing, have no fear. This dress is the perfect length for cutting a rug on the dance floor.
I've paired this dress with numerous belts, but this one from BCBG is one of my favorites. It adds that something extra to the dress and also cinches in the waistline. Belts are one of the most underrated accessories. However, they can add a lot of interest to your look, dress up an outfit, or even revamp an older dress to make it new again. Sometimes it's the details that make an outfit memorable.
Remember, accessories should compliment your dress and not compete with it. Since this dress is bold on its on, I paired it with classic nude pumps and simple jewelry. Nude shoes are a great choice for lengthening your legs and creating an elegant line. Pretty and pointed, these Michael Kors pumps are comfortable yet create a polished look.
I'd love to hear how you're incorporating some Hollywood glam into your weekly wardrobe. Leave your comments below. As always, thanks for reading. Happy Oscar-watching!
Photos by ClearVu Photography