Three Oscar-Inspired Evening Looks

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The Academy Awards are over and everyone's had their say about the best and worst dressed of the night, but now that all the buzz has died down, one question still lingers in my mind:

When do I get to wear something like that?

Most of us won't be going to the Academy Awards anytime soon, but if you have the opportunity to dress up for a formal event this semester, why not borrow some Oscar night glamour for your look? For example, consider these outfits inspired by some of the hottest looks from the Academy Awards.

1. Demi Moore: Romantic and Sexy

Inspired by Demi Moore

Dress - Lipsy, Dress - Arden B, Earrings - French Connection, Bracelet - Forever 21, Shoes - Kenneth Cole Reaction, Clutch - Carlo Fellini

The nude, ruffles, and sheer trends have taken the fashion world by storm, and Demi Moore embodied them all perfectly in her Atelier Versace gown.

I love the contrast between the body con torso and the abundant ruffled skirt, so I found two dresses that work a similar dynamic. Stay in line with the understated elegance of the dress by accessorizing with simple gold pieces and pretty bangles.

2. Carey Mulligan: Classic with Edge

Inspired by Carey Mulligan

Dress - Vero Moda, Dress - TFNC, Earrings - 1928, Clutch - Nicholas Millington, Shoes - BCBGeneration

There's nothing revolutionary about a black A-line dress, but the miniature cutlery adorning Carey Mulligan's Prada dress made it one of the hottest Oscar night topics.

This look is all about infusing timeless classics with fresh details. Tailoring and texture are key, and keep in mind that a little bit of edge goes a long way -- you don't need a ton of bling to make a statement!

3. Maggie Gyllenhaal: Vividly Fresh

Inspired by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Dress - ASOS, Dress - Forever 21, Dress - Anne Klein, Earrings - Debenhams, Shoes - South, Bracelet - Lucky Brand

The blue on Maggie Gyllenhaal's dress by Dries Van Noten complements her coloring perfectly, while the radiant watercolor print is right on-trend for spring.

If you want to try out this look, look for a print in a color that makes your skin glow. A simple silhouette is key, and dainty accessories with whimsical, girly details will add to the dress without being too distracting.

What do you think?

What were your favorite looks from Oscar night, and how would you rework them in your own life? What did you think of my interpretations? Do you have any formal events that you get to dress up for this semester? (My sorority has a formal every spring, so I need to start scoping out dresses ASAP.) Let us know what you think!

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