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Outfits Under $100: Oscar Night Trends for Less


2011 Oscar Fashion Trends - Anne Hathaway in a red dress, Gwyneth Paltrow in a silver dress, and Halle Berry in a beige dress
Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Halle Berry at the 2011 Oscars (All photos courtesy of ELLE)

While the Oscar ceremony was snooze-inducing this year (sorry, Anne and James!), as always, the fashion on the 2011 Academy Awards red carpet did not disappoint. Although each starlet brought her own brand of glamor and style to the show, there were a few recurring fashion trends amongst the best of the decadently dressed: column dresses; retro waves; vivacious reds; and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle; to name a few.

The average college fashionista may not have the budget or the glam squad of Hollywood’s elite, but she can still take inspiration from Oscar attendees’ stunning looks. Here are 3 cheap and chic looks inspired by 3 2011 Oscars red carpet trends:

Outfit #1: Ladies in Red

Red dresses on Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein (Photo by PR Photos), and Anne Hathaway in Valentino (Photo courtesy of ELLE)

No worries here about clashing with the carpet! The A-list starlets sporting scarlet included the show’s co-host Anne Hathaway (in vintage Valentino), and Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence (in Calvin Klein). Other starlets in red included last year’s Best Actress winner, Sandra Bullock (in Vera Wang), and tween queen Selena Gomez (in Dolce & Gabbana).

Here’s how you can get the look for less:

Outfits Under $100: Oscars - Red
Product Info: Dress, Earrings, Clutch, Heels

Outfit #2: Silver Stars

Silver dresses at the 2011 Academy Awards - Gwyneth Paltrow, Celine Dion, and Hilary Swank
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, Celine Dion in Armani Privé, and Hilary Swank in Gucci
(Photos courtesy of ELLE)

Hollywood stars dream of winning a gold statue on Oscar night, but the most enviable dresses at the event were shimmery silver. Gwyneth Paltrow soared to the top of many Best-Dressed lists with her showstopping Calvin Klein sheath gown. Celine Dion, who is more known for her Oscar fashion blunders than her triumphs, wowed in a silvery ivory column gown from Armani Privé. Actress Hilary Swank turned heads in a sparkly and feathery Gucci Premiere Couture concoction.

Mimic the shining stars in this cheap and chic look:

Outfits Under $100: Oscars - Silver
Product Info: Dress, Earrings, Pumps

Outfit #3: Champagne Wishes

Champagne colored dresses at the 2011 Oscars - Hailee Steinfeld and Halle Berry
Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa (Photo by PR Photos), and Halle Berry in Marchesa (Photo courtesy of ELLE)

Finally, the biggest fashion trend of the night was donning shimmery gowns in nude, champagne-inspired hues. Newcomer and nominee Hailee Steinfeld looked both age-appropriate and reminiscent of classic starlets Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly in a tea-length Marchesa dress, while an ageless Halle Berry glowed in a different Marchesa number.

Other stars opting for shimmery nude frocks included Jessica Biel, who skipped the ceremony but hit the Vanity Fair after-party in a slinky, sparkly Atelier Versace number, and Mandy Moore, who performed a nominated song from Tangled in an elegant Monique Lhuillier gown.

Glow like the stars in this budget-friendly outfit:

Outfits Under $100: Oscars - Champagne
Product Info: Dress, Pumps

What do you think?

What were your favorite looks from the Oscars? Are you sad to see awards season end? Do you like these looks? Join the conversation, and leave a comment!

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16 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Oscar Night Trends for Less”

  1. 1
    March 8th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Loved the alternatives! But I miss seeing one in lavender like Mila Kunis’ gorgeous dress! Or something in a richer color like Natalie Portman’s dress!

  2. 2
    March 8th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love College Fashion posts, especially ‘looks for less’ or something similar … but why are the dresses always so short?? I thought this would be a change when I saw the first dress (BEAUTIFUL, by the way)… but then I saw the other two.

    I would love to see some outfits put together with dresses with a little longer length! :)

  3. 3
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    i love the second and third looks!! the only thing is that the first look is kind of unrealistic unless it’s for prom or something, when do regular college girls get to wear gorgeous gowns?? it’s beautiful, but i’d like to see something more wearable. the second dress is amazing though! and the last look’s shoes.

  4. 4
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    These are gorgeous looks! If I had a prom or awards show to go to, I would wear the first option, lol.

    Okay, yeah – these looks are a bit unrealistic, but then again – so are the original looks. :x They’re pretty to look at though!

  5. 5
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I absolutely adore Hailee’s dress, but I feel like the sparkle did not flourish into the dress that you suggested. I agree with Kristi about the point made about short dresses – they are particularly short.

  6. 6
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My favourite is definitely the first option, although I’m not a big fan of the shoes. It’s definitely the classier one for a formal event.

    The other two are short and therefore more semi formal so I’m not really sure if they could really be compared to an Oscar gown. I also guess it’s also harder to find long dresses that are under $100. But thanks for sharing :)

  7. 7
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I think the last one should be shiny champagne since it looks so casual/club and less formal/glamourous especially compared to those two dramatic champagne gowns.

  8. 8
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Otherwise I like them – especially the red one although I’d just never have an opportunity to wear it :(

  9. 9
    March 8th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I really wish that you had done one similar to Mila Kunis, short or long. Anything like her dress would be amazing. I did like this post like others said I just also wish it came with an invitation to somewhere I could wear one of these gorgeous options.

  10. 10
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t believe that first dress is so affordable! 22.99? I’d snap it up in a heartbeat if I just had an occasion to wear it to.

  11. 11
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I just love this post! I always love the “Outfits Under $100!” I think it would be great to do a plus size post about different outfits for different occasions (class, date, party, etc.) What are your thoughts? Or do you have any similar posts?

  12. 12
    March 9th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I love the first outfit

  13. 13
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    It is sad that we never get the opportunity to fully show off our glam sides.
    I’m biased for liking the first outfit the most. ;)

    After that, the third outfit is great for a night with the girls and
    those shoes are just gorgeous.

    Thanks for featuring one of our hottest dresses too.

  14. 14
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    This is great! I love all the celebrities’ looks, I don’t have a favourite – but I think for the outfits you put together, my favourite is the last one. Such a pretty nude dress, it feels fresh for spring. :)

  15. 15
    March 11th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Is it just me or did Jennifer Lawrence’s red dress just scream Scarlet Johansen’s red dress at the Golden Globes a few years back?

  16. 16
    April 1st, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I can’t thank you enough for posting the red dress in the first outfit! I’m a senior in high school and I ordered the dress for prom. I absolutely love it plus with shipping it was only $30.98! :) Thank you so so much!

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