Oscar style on the cheap

Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

There were a handful of stunning looks on Sunday’s Oscar red carpet. Bright red gowns and the color lilac really caught my eye. Sparkling embellishments on neutral and sheer dresses also captured my attention. Rarely do any of us have the opportunity to sport such glamorous fashion or attend high profile events, but here are some options for wearing these looks at an affordable price to the everyday events of your life. Just because you don’t have an Oscar on your mantel as you drop your kids off at school or go to a board meeting doesn’t mean you do not have a reason to look like a celebrity. After all, YOU are the star of the film that is your life! That’s reason enough to always look your best.

Bright Red
Jennifer Hudson called her gown “tangerine.” When selecting the right red for this look, go for a “fruit punch” type of red. The brighter, the better. Stay away from deep, dark reds.

Chiffon Rosette Dress $22.80 – Forever 21

Some reporters are calling the color lavender, but I think it’s more of a lilac. Whichever word you prefer, think Easter pastel purple. It’s a soft demure color. But Mila Kunis made it look sexy and Cate Blanchett made it look powerful – proof that lilac and can be worn to other occasions besides Sunday mass.

Lilac Sleeveless Tea Dress $95.00 – Topshop

Sparkling Neutrals
My favorite red carpet looks were the neutral and sheer dresses that were enhanced with sparkling embellishments. Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t wear this style while doing research for your master’s thesis at the library, but you can certainly pull it off at happy hour or on date night. Sparkling neutrals look good on anyone of any age and any complexion.

Nude Embellished Gem Mesh Dress $125.00 – Topshop

Laura Coronado writes the fashion and shopping blog Lollie Shopping.