She Leads, You Follow: Tony Awards Edition

Although the Tony Awards are currently underway, one of the most important facets of every awards show has concluded: the red carpet! And as on every red carpet, there were plenty of gorgeous gowns and adorned dresses to drool over!

THL’s first favorite red carpet beauty is none other than Tony Award co-host, Kristin Chenoweth! Chenoweth, star of On the Twentieth Century, stunned on the red carpet in a sparkling silver Zac Posen gown. What is so intriguing about her gown is the seaming running underneath the bustline and down the front of the dress – this seaming emphasizes her tiny waist and creates structure in the dress, playing up Chenoweth’s natural curves.

Equally as beautiful on the red carpet was Jennifer Grey, who wowed in a lace fit and flare Zac Posen gown adorned with wispy feathers from the knee down to the hemline. This gown is evocative of a wedding gown, which can be quite risky to wear, but this dress oddly worked as a red carpet gown. The floral pattern in the lace almost read as a crochet of sorts, making it a little more casual than a traditional wedding gown lace. The long vertical seams running down the front of the gown help to elongate Grey’s frame, and the light, wispy feathers at the bottom of the gown are a fun element that add a just a little bit of flare to the gown.

Another red carpet favorite comes from Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling. Schilling turned heads in a simple, yet striking long-sleeve black Michael Kors gown, complete with a sheer midsection cutout. The sheer cutout helps to emphasize Schilling’s waist and create shape in an otherwise simple gown. The cutout extends a little bit to the top of her thigh, giving her a little bit more of a curve on her hips.

Last but certainly not least, another stunner in silver (and white): Misty Copeland. Copeland’s gown is the ultimate example of using your clothing to your advantage: her gown is replete with well-placed seams and detailing that creates curves on her frame. The silver detailing begins at the her shoulders, then narrows at her waist to draw attention to her toned midsection. The detailing then widens again at the hips, creating the illusion of fuller hips. The seams then fall off into longer lines, which elongate her lower half.

So what can you take away from these gorgeous red carpet gowns to apply to your everyday wardrobe? Here are just a few things to remember:

  1. Pay attention to seaming – The placement of seams in an article of clothing can be extremely helpful in creating a shape, emphasizing your curves, or elongating your frame. The seams do the work so your body doesn’t have to!
  2. Take a risk – Whether it’s a well-placed cutout or some interesting details (like feathers!), taking a little bit of a risk with a more subdued outfit can result in a chic look that will have all eyes on you!
  3. Fit is everything – All four ladies have their gowns perfectly tailored to their bodies, allowing for the seaming and detailing to be placed in such a way that enhances theirs figures. Whether its a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt, or a blazer, be sure that your clothes fit you properly so you can show off your best assets in style!

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