If you’ve got bridal gowns on the mind, it is difficult not to look at the Oscar Red Carpet and see wedding dress potential. Inspiration in the form of gowns from Hollywoods A-list (and their top stylists).
Most Spring brides will have already finalized their gown, but if you’re hunting for a Fall 2014 wedding then the red carpet is a great place to start narrowing in your options. Styles ranged from ball gown to sculptural columns, simple styles to elaborately detailed, strapless but also plenty of more modest coverage. Something for everyone!
First up, the woman of the hour: Lupita Nyoung’o wore a gorgeous flowing gown that is easy to picture in wedding white – or even in this powder blue, if you’re a brave bride! A classic shape that will suit many body types, flowing skirt and slightly Grecian look (maybe its the headband?) this gown would be ideal for a beach wedding, or for any bride seeking high-fashion and low-fuss.
Another classic favorite was Amy Adam’s look, which she said was inspired by dresses of the 1950’s. Lovely in navy, but easily translated to bridal white. I see this gown adding a retro feel to a modern reception venue (especially with a bold red lip!).
It is also easy to picture Idina Menzel’s green gown in a lighter shade. The sculptural details dress up the bustline and bustle of this otherwise un-embellished fit’n’flare style. Since details like beading and lace add to the cost of a dress, styles like this are likely to be more cost-effective for brides on a budget who still want a lot of style for their savings!
Having trouble picturing these gowns in bridal white? Not to worry – the red carpet featured plenty of metallic and nude shades that are easier to picture coming down the aisle. My favorite dress for details was Cate Blanchett’s embellished gown – such a statement but it avoids being over-the-top because of the nude and metallic tones.
A simply gorgeous dress that I don’t think received nearly enough attention is this style worn by Calista Flockhart. Beautifully detailed with the lovely capped sleeves, this would dress-up a more casual wedding without looking out-of-place. And it just looks comfortable.
If you’re looking for true bridal style, Giuliana Rancic’s Oscar dress takes the cake. This is a statement dress, only really appropriate for The Oscars or your wedding day. Flowing ball-gown skirt, accentuated waist, decadent floral detailing and straps that make it easy to wear. I’m not a huge fan of the taupe-y grey color, but ivory, white or blush would be gorgeous for a bride.
And I saved my absolute favorite for last: Chrissy Teigen waltzed across the red carpet in this gem. Pockets. Poufy skirt. Slight high-low detail to show off your shoes. So gorgeous!! For brides, I’m picturing it in white with a field of subtle powdery blue flowers blooming across the print.
If you’re inspired by these picks for bridal style, come back for the next installment: Wedding Wednesday: Oscar 2014 Red Carpet Inspiration for Mothers of the Bride!
*all images sourced from E News Online 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals