Red Carpet Inspiration – Trends from the Oscars

My favorite dress from Oscar night wasn’t even worn on the red carpet. Katie Holmes’ Oscar after-party look blew me away! Seriously, how gorgeous is her Elie Saab navy dress? She stunned at the Vanity Fair party the night of the Oscars and so it went under the radar, but it’s my favorite dress of the evening.

I love everything about this dress –  the embellishment along the top, the belted waist, and the flowy skirt. It is stunning.

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Of course, I’m back to my old tricks and want to see how I can recreate some of the key elements of her style on a tighter budget.

Cocktail

What do you think about this cocktail version? It’s embellished at the top with a beaded feather pattern, is cinched at the waist, and has a flowy skirt. Pair this with a cute silver or black belt and I think we’ve done a great job of recreating Katie’s look for a less formal occassion.

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Formal

How about this dress as a formal version of Katie’s dress? I love the cinched waist, flowy skirt, and even the ruched top – but I am longing for that beautiful embellishment that we see on Katie’s dress. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an evening dress to recreate Katie’s look exactly, but I still think this BCBG Maxazria version does a great job – plus it’s in that hot coral/orange color we’ve seen on Michelle Williams this award season.

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

Can YOU find a formal option to better recreate Katie’s Elie Saab look? Let me know in the comments!

Do or Don’t: Tail Skirts

I’m seeing a new trend pop up all over the internet. Looks like tail skirts are going to be all the rage for Spring and Summer. What is a tail skirt? Well, it’s almost like a mullet – party in the front and all business in the back. The front of the skirt is usually somewhere above the knee and the back falls somewhere between your calf and ankles.

I spotted my first tail skirt yesterday on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and although I was a bit skeptical of this trend when I spotted it online  it was actually really cute in person. I love how they can be a casual outfit or you can dress it up for a nice, romantic dinner (aka yesterday’s Lincoln Road sighting).

What do YOU think? Will tail skirts end up being a “what was I thinking” trend?

1. Ya Los Angeles High-Low Wrap Dress via Piperlime
2. Hi-Low Maxi Skirt by Loveappella via Piperlime
3. Flowing Tail Skirt by Forever 21
4. Tribal Trim Tail Skirt by Forever 21
5. Gauzy Mint Maxy by Anthropologie
6. Coya Slip Dress by Anthropologie