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What To Wear To A Red Carpet Event

What To Wear To A Red Carpet Event


With award season in full swing we look at the correct dress code to adhere to when attending a red carpet event


Red carpet ceremonies may get top billing around key events like the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Grammys and BRITs – but there are many other awards, opening ceremonies and launch events throughout the year that can test even the most fashion-savvy amongst us. With that in mind we take a look at the correct dress code for red carpet, including styles and designs to suit all body shapes.

As every red carpet event is different it is important to judge the dress code by the invitation and level of importance. For example, you may have been invited to a friend’s opening night for a play or colleague’s book launch, however these may be hosted at a luxurious hotel or dining establishments and would therefore require a smart suit for men and a cocktail style dress for women.

If attending a more frequented annual event such as the BAFTAs as a guest, or the Cannes Film Festival to view a premiere, then you would usually require a longer length evening gown. You can of course opt for a shorter version but prerequisite usually demands the aforementioned apparel.

Main colour trends that are constantly re-appearing this season come in the form of pillar box red, tangerine and monochrome hues; but only the brave tend to strike out in daring hues. Nude and gold are of course always popular and match well with a variety of skin tones.

Another trend which seems to be evolving is the trouser suit. Everyone from Rosamund Pike to Claudia Winkleman have been showcasing the movement and shown how fabulous it can look when done correctly. For men, if you are planning on wearing a suit to a black tie/red carpet event then you may want to consider two things: A) are you required to wear a bow tie (women’s versions are also very on-trend especially when worn as an Amish style - with as a silk bow) and B) are you wearing a tux style suit in white or black or a regular tailored suit, as it is always good to remember that different events require different dress.

Lastly it has been noted that many A-list celebrities have been spotted out in a variety of backless and thigh-high split evening gowns. Designers such as Blumarine, Gucci, Tom Ford, Versace, Oscar de la Renta et al have all loaned exquisite pieces to starlets such as Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Jaime King and Naomi Watts amongst others and now, if you are daring enough luxury department stores and online boutiques such as Matches Fashion, Net-A-Porter.com and Selfridges are all selling similar styles; so why not peruse through the latest editions for some serious style inspiration.

So remember, if you are set on treading the red carpet this season opt for something in classic hues or add a bit of a zing for a noticeable look. Dependant on the dress, remember to keep jewellery either simple or try statement pieces with minimalistic heels.