Red Carpet Rundown ~ The Oscars

The Academy Awards is like the Super Bowl of fashion and movies. Last night my friends and I got together, watched hours of pre-show coverage, made our predictions, and ate (and drank) a little too much. Now I get to sit here and play Monday morning quarterback on the red carpet fashions.

Rather than ranking the gowns this time around (since the internet was full of these lists today), I decided to comment on some of the trends that I was loving last night.

Classically Black

This is a fail-safe choice for the red carpet. Black is timeless and elegant. But like any little black dress, it can sometimes be hard to stand out. The simplicity can get lost in the sea of bright, bold and sparkly. These ladies, however, had no problems catching my eye. Whether it was the open backs, big bows, baby bumps or plunging necklines, these gowns left their mark, and reminded us that you can never go wrong in a little black dress.

Best Dressed Red Carpet Oscars 2014

From the left: Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron

Elegant Neutrals

White, nude, and light pink … these women WOW-ed the runway in these soft, romantic hues. Their gowns exuded glamour and elegance. Having a subtle color palate caused my eye to focus on each dress’ intricacies, embellishments, and cut, and each one was beautifully unique. And I will say … these women showed us that you shouldn’t shy away from these delicate colors – whether you are blonde or brunette, fair or olive-skinned, neutrals can be worn by anyone.

Best Dressed Red Carpet Oscars 2014

From the left: Kate Hudson, Cate Blanchett, Camila Alves

Pretty in Peplum

After several awards seasons, this is one trend that has had some staying power. Rightfully so. Peplum is so flattering for a woman’s body, emphasizing (or creating) that coveted hourglass figure. These ladies took three simple dresses, and with a little peplum, added the perfect touch of sexy to an already elegant look. The great part is … peplum is so easy for us to incorporate into our day-to-day wardrobes. Finding a great shirt, skirt or dress that accentuates small waist is a necessity for every woman’s closet.

Best Dressed Red Carpet Oscars 2014

From the left: Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts

Best Dressed (and really just the most wonderful) of the Night

Lupita Nyong’o was a vision last night. She looked flawless in her Prada gown … a storybook Cinderella. If you didn’t fall in love with her on the red carpet, she was sure to win your heart with her humble, emotional and inspiring acceptance speech, where she reminded us that “no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid”. Lupita can do no wrong in my mind, and I could not be happier for her win last night.

Lupita Nyong'o Red Cartpet Oscars 2014

Well ladies (and gents) that’s my roundup of last night’s Red Carpet. What were some of the trends you picked up on? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

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