Hollywood’s most glamorous night was just on Sunday, February 24! That means the industry’s biggest stars have been stepping out on the red carpet for the busy season of awards ceremonies. We’ve sifted through countless photos to find the key trends for 2019 red carpet style, and today we’re here to talk about how those trends can work in your own wardrobe. Read on for five of our favorites, from dramatic color stories to a dash of sparkle.
Red Alert: One of the splashiest awards show trends this year drew inspiration from the red carpet itself—stars turned out in vivid shades of red at both the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes. Danai Gurira looked red hot in Rodarte at the Globes, and Patricia Clarkson wore the vibrant hue to collect her trophy for Sharp Objects. In one of many outfit changes, cohost Sandra Oh also made a splash in red sparkles. In our own closets, we’re taking on this color trend with formal dresses for big nights out; an eye-catching shade of red is perfect for a night on the town or a winter wedding (pair it with faux fur to really pump up the drama!).
High Volume: No one pushes the red carpet style envelope quite like Lady Gaga, and her voluminous, periwinkle blue Valentino dress was a show-stealer at the Golden Globes. She wasn’t the only star to play with high-volume silhouettes this award season; take a peek at Gemma Chan’s SAG dress by Oscar de la Renta and Shangela’s ombre Christian Siriano for more inspiration. While an over-the-top gown might not be the most practical addition to your wardrobe, you can dip your toes into this trend with sleeves that pack an extra punch. Look for tops with a unique sleeve shape—like a bell cuff, layers, or ruffles—for a version of volume that you can wear every day.
Shades of Blue: Getting the blues isn’t always a bad thing, as evidenced by the number of leading ladies who showed up in shades from navy to periwinkle on this year’s red carpets. Blue was an especially important trend at the Golden Globes, starting with the standout dress Lady Gaga wore to collect her trophy for A Star Is Born (she even dyed her hair to match!). For more shades of blue to consider, check out Amy Adams’ classic column from Calvin Klein and Allison Janney’s vivid turquoise gown. This red carpet trend is perhaps the easiest to pull off IRL; we recommend going all-in on blue with an elegant jumpsuit in navy or cobalt that can carry you from the office to dinner by changing out a few accessories.
Sparkle & Shine: It wouldn’t be a Hollywood event without a healthy dose of glitz and glamor, and every red carpet this season has seen looks with lots of sparkle. The Golden Globes were an especially dazzling event thanks to all-over sequins from stars like Regina King, Nicole Kidman, and Thandie Newton. However, we’re taking inspiration yet again from host Sandra Oh, who sported a white gown with sparkly sleeves as one of her many looks for the evening. Pairing a simple shade with just a hint of sparkle is the perfect way to wear this trend at home; try wearing something sparkly with your favorite jeans for a high-low look that’s ideal for a casual evening out.
Winter Whites: Last but not least, shades of bright white made a major impact on awards-season style this year. Lady Gaga attended the SAG Awards in snowy Dior, Danai Gurira looked seriously glam in a gown edged with white ostrich feathers, and even Bradley Cooper got in on the trend with an all-white tuxedo. It can feel daunting to wear this shade in the winter, and you might even feel like the color choice is a faux pas, but winter white has been a serious trend for a few years and we’re fully on board! Add a white sweater in a chunky knit to your own closet for a more casual (and practical) take on this favorite celeb color story.
Which red carpet inspired trends will be heading to your closet? Let us know your favorites in the comments!