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These Oscar-Worthy Evening Looks Are So Unexpected

Hollywood’s biggest night is upon us. In honor of the glamorous award show, we’re taking inspiration from the most fashion-forward nominees for an unexpected twist on formalwear.

The Oscars are the crème de la crème of award shows, and high-octane glamour is a given from Hollywood’s biggest stars. The elegant flood of gowns, accessories, and diamonds (oh, the diamonds!) on the red carpet unfailingly serve as inspiration for our own dressed up moments, from cocktail parties to weddings or galas. With a roster of nominees who tend to go daring with their looks—Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig, and Saoirse Ronan come to mind—we’re for eschewing traditional formalwear this season in favor of unexpected ensembles with dramatic flair. Think bold suiting, unconventional silhouettes, playful textures, even a cape as a finishing detail—it doesn’t get more theatrical than that. Turn heads at your next event with our edit ahead.


An asymmetric lamé dress is the epitome of sexy-chic. The fluttering capelet tempers risqué side cutouts. A contrasting bauble adds interest.
Forgo a gown in favor of an embellished suit. This bold silhouette breathes new life into the tailored look.
For extra glitz.
Tiers of ostrich feathers are at once feminine and dramatic. Up the ante with a cape-sleeve corset and gleaming metallic accessories.
The modern minaudière.
Graphic accordion pleats and contrasting self-tie knots read daring.
Textured accessories pump up the effect of tonal silky separates.
Suiting is made feminine in iridescent sheer organza.
PVC is so now.

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