You didn’t have to watch Sunday’s Academy Awards to know that Leo would fail to score-sese a statue, that Ellen would deliver a fine
pizza show, and that we would fall (again) for JLaw’s antics. But could you have predicted the latter’s fiery Dior ensemble? Or that Lupita Nyong’o would outshine everyone with her pleats and deep V? The most exciting part of the event was, as per usual, the clothes. While most of us aren’t about to splurge on Prada or Armani Prive, elements of the year’s best dressed fit seamlessly into a real life wardrobe. Ditch your winter duds (cute though these may be) and look to the red carpet for what to wear on a spring date. You’ve got your movies lined up for date night; now, enjoy these Oscars-inspired tips for looking the part:
Show your true colours.
The highlight of Nyong’o’s gown was no doubt its sublime shade, blue like the Nairobi sky and a breath of fresh air compared to more literal interpretations of black tie. Olivia Wilde showed precisely how slimming black can be, but why not opt to stand out for a change? Pastels pack just the right amount of pretty, for instance THIS blouse in petal pink, for a look that’s demure yet distinct–perfect for a first date.
Let your hair down.
Ellen wasn’t far off when she crowned Jared Leto the prettiest of them all. He certainly won for most effortless coif. While it’s not quite time for full-fledged beach hair, gentle, face-framing waves like Leto’s will have any suitor California dreamin. For hair that’s been harassed by the elements, use a deep conditioner like THIS to restore moisture.
Or dress it up.
You won’t be able to achieve Leto’s flow if you chopped it all off last fall (who didn’t?), in which case, take another page from Lupita Nyong’o and embellish your pixie. A Fred Leighton diamond and gold headband is ideal, but failing that try THIS crystal version. Headbands add a touch of personality to hair at any length.
Don’t be afraid to shine.
It looks like metallics are here to stay. Cate Blanchett and Jessica Biel glittered in golds and silvers, while Emma Watson supplied an edgier take on the trend. Her gunmetal Vera Wang was magical, but subtler metallics like THIS dress are winning hearts for spring. A little bit of shimmer goes a long way and easily transitions from day to night. Whatever you do, avoid adhering reflectors to your chest. These will distract even the most respectful of dates and could prove blinding on a sunny day.
And, as always, bring balm.