Awards season wraps up at the perfect time to start prom dress hunting, and what better inspiration than Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpet gowns? To save you the trouble of re-watching the live red carpet reporting you DVR-ed (if you haven’t already deleted it), we’ve rounded up our favorite dresses worn by the stars on their big night with similar options you can wear on yours.
January Jones is red hot in a cut-out fringed Versace dress. Red is a perfect bombshell color and the cut outs create (or highlight) some killer curves. Just don’t forget the matching lipstick!
NOT YOUR BASIC BLACK
Sequins add a dash of flirty fun to this classic little black dress from Versace that Jennifer Hudson wore to the Grammy awards. If your go-to color for formalwear is black, add a little shine and embellishment to keep away from boring (and add glitz to the photo ops).
Gwyneth Paltrow is goddess-like in a gold Calvin Klein gown. For those who aren’t blessed with a body like Gwyneth’s, choose a matte gold for less reflecting, or choose a dress with draping.
Rocking a Givenchy Haute Couture gown to the Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett made best-dressed lists everywhere for the smart avant-garde whimsy displayed by her dress. For a whimsical look that’s not too out-there, try ombre, heavy embellishment or flowy, pleated skirts.
Sandra Bullock looks just as dreamy as her Proposal cast member Ryan Reynolds in this Jenny Packham dress she wore to the Golden Globes. If you love her look, go for sheer fabrics and intricate embellishments.
Florence Welch is a nouveau-romantic in a sheer peek-a-boo dress by Givenchy. Get a similar look with this sheer lace mini-dress with a vintage boho feel.
FAIRY TALE PRINCESS
Hailee is certainly the belle of the ball in this princess frock by Marchesa (which she helped design!). Perfect for curvy girls, a ’50s-style frock highlights a tiny waist.
Natasha Bedingfield looked carefree in a playful printed dress by Basil Soda. Welcome the warmer seasons with a print that’s perfect for.
Lea Michelle is wearing Oscar de la Renta in a Barbie pink hue and girly ruffles. A dress for a true girly girl, with ruffles, silk, and pink oh my!
Emma Stone is cool and sophisticated in a minimalist dress by Calvin Klein. Let your personality and features shine with a sleek up-do and statement accessories.
CLASSIC BLACK & WHITE
Reese Witherspoon goes classic in a Giorgio Armani Prive black and white strapless gown, showing that sometimes, a style is classic for a reason. The light on top, dark on bottom combo is perfect for visually filling out a small bust and streamlining the bottom.
PRETTY IN PINK
Natalie Portman dresses her baby bump in an empire waist Viktor and Rolf gown. The draping skims over a belly and the detail at the bust draws attention upwards to a pretty face and décolletage.