How to Get Oscar-Worthy Looks on a Budget

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Posted on 02/23/2012

When the stars collide on the red carpet for the Oscars you can expect to see pops of Chanel, glimpses of Gaultier and a round or two of Armani. But we know that celebrities don’t have all the fun so if you’re hunting for an Oscar-worthy look on a non-movie star budget, here are some options.


Embellished Gowns We’ve seen it at the Golden Globes and we’ll probably see it at the Oscars. Ladies seem to love gowns embellished with sequins and embroidery lately, creating dresses that look more like works of art. To get a whole lot of sparkle for your money head to edressme.com and check out the lovely orange x-front dress by Scala, on sale for $118.


Headbands for All
Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron and other A-listers have been known to accessorize with headbands on the red carpet recently. Adopt this trend with a sparkly addition like the glamorous Free Skate Headband, $32 from Anthroplogie.com. It comes in pearl, silver or gold.


White, Cream and Nude
Most people are drawn to black for formal events, but the red carpet seems to be lightening up a little. Fashionistas predict seeing more fresh shades of white, blush and grey. The JS Boutique Pearl Trim Crisscross Matte Jersey Gown is a low-cost version of what you may see come Oscar night. It’s just $178 at Nordstrom.com.


High Necklines Rock
If the Oscars are anything like the Grammy Awards earlier this month, then stars will be rocking high necklines. This is a trend that’s easy to replicate on a budget. Zappos.com offers a gorgeous red Calvin Klein gown with a modest draped neckline for just $168.


Bustles Make a Come Back
Bustles may conger up thoughts of the 1800s, but they’re actually making a return to the red carpet in a modern way. Typically worn in the back, bustles can now be seen on the side of the gown, too. This hot pink dress from lightinthebox.com is half off—in price and by design.


By Alison Storm


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