Hollywood’s biggest night always ups the style stakes – and this year’s Oscars didn’t disappoint. Attendees were more adventurous in their fashion choices than in previous years (hello, Billy Porter’s tuxedo dress!), with bright colours and interesting shapes galore. Here are our top trends from the Oscars red carpet – and how to incorporate it into your wardrobe.
TREND 1: Pink
This was undoubtedly the colour of the evening. Forget the powdery pink of Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Oscars – the 2019 version is loud, proud and unmissable. If you don’t want to go for a full pink ensemble, pair a top with jeans or a summer dress with sneakers.
As seen on: Helen Mirren, Maya Rudolph, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Gemma Chan
TREND 2: Velvet
Who says you can’t steal this one from the guys? A chic velvet suit is an excellent evening alternative, or throw on a velvet blazer with boyfriend jeans and loafers for a cool daytime look. You can also ditch the blazer and pair a basic white T with wide-legged velvet pants and sneakers.
As seen on: Chris Evans, Stephan James, Jason Momoa
TREND 3: Pantsuits
Pantsuits are not just for lawyers – wear yours in an interesting colour and pair it with a ladylike blouse and heels. The biggest bonus with a suit is that you get two outfits in one: a blazer you can wear separately, and smart trousers you can wear with a strappy top or white button-down.
As seen on: Awkwafina, Amy Poehler, Elsie Fisher
TREND 4: Statement necklaces
Fine, we can’t all wear the Tiffany diamond like Lady Gaga, but we can add drama to a simple outfit with a statement neckpiece. Don’t let it overpower your look – a simple LBD or jeans and a T-shirt is all you need to show it off. Stay away from loud prints or tops with billowing shapes, which will only hide your new favourite necklace.
As seen on: Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, Amy Adams
TREND 5: Structured silhouettes
This can be a tricky trend to pull off, but when it works, it looks fierce. Strong shoulders emphasize your waist, so keep your bottom half in proportion. It shouldn’t be wider than your shoulders, so no full skirts, please! Slick your hair back and stand up tall – this is not a look for slouching.
As seen on: Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, Molly Sims, Holland Taylor