It was night to celebrate music’s finest as the American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Nov. 22. From Jennifer Lopez’s stunning dance ensemble to open the show to Nick Jonas’ gospel performance of “Jealous,” it was certainly filled with performances to remember. And of course, it was replete with memorable fashion.
First to wow us was “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor, who walked the red carpet in a simple black gown with an exaggerated shoulder. Her sleek dress was offset by her tousled curls and a bright red lip.
Changing things up in a silver see-through number was E! host Giuliana Rancic, who wore silver gown with black mesh mosaic-like panels. She completed her look with a Swarovski clutch.
Opting for a pants look was Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, who walked down AMAs red carpet in a fitted emerald green suit. Benson polished off her look with sky-high pointed toe pumps.
Stunning in another silver ensemble was model Hannah Davis, who rocked the red carpet in a silver mesh gown with a high neckline. A sleek ponytail and a velvet belt finished off her chic ensemble.
Although these ladies are dressed for the red carpet, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to the way we dress every day:
- Simple is stunning – Both Meghan Trainor and Ashley Benson both wore fairly simple looks, but they looked impossibly chic. How could such subdued outfits be so chic? Because they fit well. The key to making any outfit, no matter how simple or complex, look stunning is to make sure they fit properly. This means ensuring that the shoulder seams hit right at the top of your shoulders, that the waist hits just at your natural waist and that the material doesn’t pull at your hips.
- Define your waist – All of these looks accentuate their natural waists, which automatically elevates their ensembles. Working in unison with No. 1, defining your waist helps to make your midsection look tinier while also creating the illusion of an hourglass shape; when done in a garment with a stronger shoulder (like in Trainor’s gown), the shoulder will balance out your hips and make your waist look even tinier.
- Details, Details, Details – Giuliana Rancic’s dress, as well as that of Hannah Davis, both feature some pretty intricate details, which create visual interest in the outfit. The silver detailing on Rancic’s gown also creates shape, as it makes her shoulders appear broader, her waist narrower and her hips rounder. Davis’ gown acts as an overlay for the bodysuit under her gown, which creates this subtle sexiness. Details like different colored panels or mesh overlays are easy ways to elevate any look.