She Leads, You Follow: GQ Men of the Year Awards

At the Royal Opera House on September 8, the most dapper men took to the red carpet outside of the London, England venue for the GQ Men of Style Awards. Dozens of actors, musicians and famous men of today arrived as polished as ever, but while the night may have been about them, there were a certain few ladies in attendance that may have stolen the show.

One of those eye-catching looks came courtesy of Naomie Harris, who posed on the red carpet in a soft yellow mesh dress covered with intricate embellishments. InStyle reports that the actress finished off her look with a black and gold clutch along with metallic sandals by Tamara Mellon.

Harris’ yellow ensemble was followed up by an orange number donned by “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke. Wearing a tiered, flared and embellished orange frock, Clarke made a statement in her minidress, pairing it with dainty silver bangles and what InStyle says are ankle-strap pumps by Jimmy Choo.

Although Harris and Clarke are styled for a red carpet event, there are certain things from their looks that we can apply to our everyday style.

  1. Cap sleeves cap it off – Naomie Harris’ dress show us just how powerful a cap sleeve can be in a garment. In her dress, the cap sleeve serves to accentuate her shoulders, making them look a bit broader than they appear. This illusion is not only created by the cap sleeve itself, but also by the embellishment on the sleeve, which draws more attention to the shoulder area. Having your shoulders emphasized in this way creates balance between the top half of your body and the lower half of your body, making your shoulders and hips seem perfectly proportional while also creating an hourglass silhouette. The next time you are shopping for a dress or even a top, keep in mind that something as simple as a cap sleeve can work wonders in creating the illusion of balanced, proportionate shape.
  2. Define your waist while wearing a dropped-waist – While dropped-waist dresses can often have the effect of making your legs look shorter, this effect can be reversed when the natural waistline is defined. Emilia Clarke’s orange frock perfectly demonstrates how these double defining seams operate within the garment: the seam at her natural waist fits closer to the body and not only makes her waistline look tiny, but also makes it appear as though her legs begin at that point. The second seam, then, serves to accentuate the top of her hips and complete the hourglass shape she started with her dress’ straight neckline and defined waistline. From this point, the skirt flares out to create an almost A-line silhouette. If you are considering a dropped-waist dress for a special occasion you will be attending, define your natural waistline (if possible) to ensure that your legs look longer while also accentuating your natural curves.

She Leads, You Follow: NYC ‘Southpaw’ Premiere Edition

Movie premieres always bring out incredible fashion, and the ladies at the New York City premiere of Southpaw on July 20 certainly did not disappoint. The premiere, which took place at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, seemed to have its own implicit dress code — black and white. And while that sounds like it could be dull, off-the-shoulder dresses, interesting necklines and cutouts made it anything but boring.

Rachel McAdams walked the premiere’s red carpet in what InStyle reported was a bare-shouldered tea length black dress by Self-Portrait, featuring a triangle cutout at the waist. She kept her hair and makeup dewy and fresh, while also keeping her accessories simple with Tiffany and Co. jewelry and Stuart Weitzman sandals.

Naomie Harris’ white-hot red carpet dress provided a little bit of contrast to McAdams’ all-black ensemble. Harris strut her stuff down the carpet in a beautiful one-shoulder Cushnie et Ochs dress, complete with a side slit and deep sweetheart neckline. InStyle reports that the actress polished off her look with a silver clutch by Rauwolf and black-capped pumps.

Dascha Polanco brought the party to the black-and-white-attired affair in a sexy black top with cutouts outlining the neckline and a bare back paired with high-waisted trousers, The Daily Mail reports. The Orange is the New Black star paired her sultry look with an oversized envelope clutch and strappy black heels.

Although these gorgeous ladies were decked out to rock the red carpet, there are certain things we can take away from their style and apply in the way we dress everyday:

  1. Pick a focal point – Rachel McAdams’ dress focuses mostly on her collarbone and shoulders via the off-the-shoulder neckline, while also focusing on her waist through the dress’s triangular cutout. Notice, however, that the length of the gown compensates for all of the skin shown on the top half of her body. By having a longer hemline on the dress, she is allowing for the top half of her body to be the focal point of her outfit. If the hemline of the dress were shorter and showed more leg, there would be too much skin showing, causing us to not know what exactly to zero in on. When you are planning an outfit, keep in mind what you want the focal point of that outfit to be; if you choose a top or dress with a plunging neckline, make sure that the hemline of the dress hits at least at the knee (if not a little lower) to ensure that your neckline is the sole point of attention. If you wish to make your legs the star of the show, pick a top or a dress with a higher neckline so any bare skin at your shoulders and chest won’t compete with your exposed legs.
  2. Sweethearts are universally flattering – The beautiful sweetheart neckline of Naomie Harris’ dress not only adds visual interest to her dress, it also opens up her neckline and emphasizes her bust. Sweetheart necklines, and their many iterations, are universally flattering for the sole fact that they open up your neckline. To emphasize your bustline, try a sweetheart style similar to Harris’ deeper, more architectural-style neckline; this neckline shows a little more skin, but it also has built-in structure, making it very easy to wear. If the idea of a deeper sweetheart is a little bit scary, look for deeper sweethearts that either have a one-shoulder detail like Harris’ dress or have a mesh overlay; this way, you still have the comfort of material or straps at your shoulders while also keeping the integrity of the neckline.
  3. Separates can be cohesive – We could have sworn that Dascha Polanco’s black top and pants combo was a jumpsuit, but her outfit was a great way of showing us that separates can really create a cohesive look. Keeping the separates in a dark neutrals (like black or navy) helps create a unified look while also creating a seamless transition between pieces. This could also be done in all white, allowing for a crisp, clean look that is simultaneously classic and edgy.