She Leads, You Follow: Oscars After Party Edition

After a night of stunning red carpet looks for the 88th annual Academy Awards, the after parties brought on a host of other high fashion ensembles that may have topped those from the awards.

Trading in her Dior Haute Couture ceremony gown for an Alexander Wang number, Jennifer Lawrence attended the after parties in a custom two-piece gown featuring a bustier top with barbell piercing and a black skirt with the same details stitching together a thigh-high slit, says InStyle. The Joy actress topped off her look with Anita Ko jewelry, an Alexander Wang bucket bag and metallic sandals.

Rachel McAdams headed out for a celebratory night in a light pink Naeem Khan number with head-to-toe beading, according to InStyle. The sexy look came courtesy of a deep V-neckline and a thigh-high slit, in addition to her platform silver heels.

Lady Gaga gave an alternative look, wearing an ultra-chic jumpsuit that was a custom creation by Brandon Maxwell, says ELLE. Featuring a peplum and a demi-skirted bottom, the “Til It Happens to You” singer completed her look with diamond earrings and an old Hollywood glam hairstyle.

Following suit in another custom ensemble was Mindy Kaling, who worked the after-party circuit in a tailor-made Salvador Perez number says ELLE. The quasi-tuxedo style gown featured an asymmetrical satin lapel with beading on the other side of the bodice. The Mindy Project star showed some skin in a deep V-neckline and side slit that grazed the top of her thigh.

Elizabeth Banks attended the after parties in a Ralph & Russo gown with a semi-sheer lace  beaded bodice, from which a dramatic cape flowed from her shoulders to the hemline of the gown, according to ELLE. Banks completed her regal look with a small frame clutch and an upswept hairdo.

Although these ladies are dressed to party the night away after the film industry’s most important celebration, there is one very important thing we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

While fit, V-necklines and embellishments can all combine to create fashionable looks, confidence is the most important thing you can ‘wear’ with any outfit. If you are confident in who you are, you will feel confident in what you’re wearing; this will shine through, allowing beautiful you to be the star of your look while your fashionable outfit will play a supporting role. Looking great on the outside is great, but knowing you’re great on the inside is worth so much more.

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

Although we are a few months beyond the reach of the summer blockbuster season, the show must go on, and red carpets are being continually rolled out for the latest movie premieres of the fall. And on Oct. 19, the stars of the recently released Nasty Baby strolled down the red carpet at the film’s premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California.

Our favorite look of the night came courtesy of Kristen Wiig. According to Just Jared, Wiig wore a pale blush Brandon Maxwell crop top that she paired with matching trousers, pairing the whole ensemble with Sophia Webster shoes. She completed her look with a tousled updo and minimal jewelry.

Wiig’s sexy-meets-sophisticated look stole our hearts, but its hefty price tag, however, left us cold. Her crop top — the Suit Top Bustier — is from the Brandon Maxwell Spring 2016 Collection, which alone costs a lofty $825 from Moda Operandi‘s Brandon Maxwell trunkshow. Couple that with her trousers — the Cropped Wide Leg Trouser — for $795, and we’re looking at an outfit that costs upwards of $1,620. But if you want to take this look for your own, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Wiig’s entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a crop top and trousers in this unique blush/oatmeal hue was rather difficult, which led us to expanding our search to include other neutrals. Just then, we landed on the Notched Crop Top from Forever 21. Although it’s done in a stark white, the straight neckline invoked the top of Wiig’s crop top, while its notched hem served as an attention-getting device that works in a similar way to the rounded hemline on the Brandon Maxwell top. Coming in at only $12.90, this top is a great piece from which to build our look for less.

The Notched Crop Top, found on Forever21.com.

The Notched Crop Top, found on Forever21.com.

To complete this look, we opted for the Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers from Missguided. Featuring a similar wide-leg silhouette and high-waisted design, these trousers will perfectly complement your crop top, and it will do so for only $51.

The Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers, found on Missguidedus.com.

The Premium Crepe Wide Leg Trousers, found on Missguidedus.com.

Although Kristen Wiig’s Brandon Maxwell ensemble cost upwards of $1,620, we were able to recreate her entire look for not only less than $200, but less than $100, coming in at a mere $63.90. At a price like that, you can go splurge on some killer heels to pair with your new outfit.

Happy Shopping!