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.