Oscar’s Golden Girls

A majority of the last decade’s Oscar nominees were dressed for success on the night they won an Academy Award. Most of us aren’t dressing up in evening gowns for our big moments, there are still times we need to be our most confident. Feeling like a winner doesn’t mean you necessarily have to dress up, wear a gold gown or sky-high heels, you just have to put your best outfit forward. You may find yourself acting particularly confident in your favorite t-shirt, or that great pair of jeans that fit ‘just right.’ Embrace your body and style when you’re choosing important outfits. Dazzling ball gowns may not be the best choice right now in Athens, Ohio, but we can take a cue from the past ten years of Best Actress and Supporting Actress’s Oscar dresses for our inspiration. These women may have been onto something here. On the night of their big win they were all dressed in clean-cut silhouettes, shimmery gold and white colors and intricate beading. So take these ladies as your inspiration- when you feel and look good, fantastic things can happen.

Marion Cotillard in John Paul Gaultier. via thesun.co.uk

Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix. via teamsugar.com

CHarlize Theron in Gucci. via 4.pictures.stylebistro.com

Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer. via thefashionpolice.net

Reese Witherspoon in Vintage Dior. via nickverrreos.blogspot.com

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli. via 3.bp.blogspot.com

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa. via elle.com

Marc by Marc Jacob Earhard hooded down coat. via net-a-porter.com

Balmain Spring RTW 2012. via style.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors Embellished crepe straight-leg pants. via net-a-porter.com

Robert Rodriguez Zip Trim Sequin Dress. via nordstrom.com

TORY BURCH Katie embellished ribbed knitted cardigan. via net-a-porter.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY Lace top. via net-a-porter.com

Try incorporating the structure and color of Oscar winner’s gowns into your best outfits. The winners seemed to resembled the silhouette of the Oscar statue, and to emulate that, turn to different coat styles.They are a great way to add a structual element to your everyday wardrobes. Look for a shimmery color to add elegance, whether for a great night out, or a way to spice up plain black paints.  Try wearing a simple silhouette with a blast of glittery glamour, to exude ‘Oscar Inspiration.’ Put your most confident self out there- shimmer, shine and smile.

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The Trendsetter

I think it’s only fitting to start with the women who is the leading lady in Oscar wins and fashion sense. Katharine Hepburn recieved 4 wins in her career. One of her biggest hits, The Philadelphia Story not only earned her an Oscar nomination but recreated her image into a glamorous movie star. Throughout the film she is draped in elegant gowns by the top designer for MGM studios in the ’30’s &’40’s, Adrian (the man behind Dorthy’s red-sequined ruby slippers).


Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent at the Met Gala 2011

The Row RTW Spring 2012

The Row RTW Spring 2012

Rachel Zoe RTW Spring 2012

Express Chiffon Top $59.90

BOTTEGA VENETA Wide-Leg Satin Pants $680

The style of this elegant evening gown is an absolute classic because the dress is cut in a way that will always exude elegance. With a cinched waist, prominent V-neck, and long sleeve and skirt lengths, it is a staple fashionistas should always look back to. Florence  Welch always rocks this style, and her choice for the Met Ball was completely reminiscent of Katharine. The Row’s Spring 2012 collection has the best two modern versions of this particular style. Both are clinched at the waist with that glamorous gold color and beading at the neck. A sharp white, less embeleshed version from Rachel Zoe is a perfect dress to turn to for that classic shape, without taking it to that next level full of sequence and jewels. And finally, to re-create this look for everyday life, try finding a shimmery top with wide sleeves that gathers at the waist and pair it with a wide-legged pant in a gold or white.

My second favorite dress Katharine wore in the film is a flouncy, tiered gown. The tiered bottom is great for creating an elegent full skirt, or turn to a summer strapless dress to pull off an everyday version of the look.

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