Style Inspiration: Award Season Glam


We may have showed you a sneak peek at spring last week, but our current reality is full-on winter. The bright spot? Award season! More specifically, the red carpet. It’s the fashion junkie’s main event and we’ve been spending most Sunday nights curled up with a big bowl of popcorn and the remote. The Golden Globes, the Grammys, and next Sunday’s Oscars are full of glamorous style. And just because we’re not wearing black tie, doesn’t mean we can’t draw inspiration from one of our favourite times of the year! So to brighten up these cold winter days, we’re sharing a round-up of our fave glam-inspired pieces that you can work into your everyday wardrobe.

The Elegant Belted Dress
If you’ve watched red carpet style evolve over the years, you’ll notice it’s becoming a little less prom and a lot more runway. Designers dressing nominees is big business, and no one wants to hit the worst dressed list, so fresh and modern has been the name of the game recently. Case in point: the belted dress. It adds an almost casual, yet still refined twist to the fanciest of gowns. We’ll definitely be belting our LBDs this season in honour of this look.

The Metallic Smokey Eye
We have a bit (okay a lot!) of a girl crush on Lupita Nyong'o and her bold, bright style. So when she started popping up at awards shows with the freshest metallic smokey eye…we knew we wanted to dip our brushes into that look. We’ll lighten it up a little for the every day, of course, but shimmering greys and bronzes will be a new take on an old favourite this spring.

The Edgy Ear Cuff
Some fun trends come and go fairly quickly and we have a feeling the ultra-modern and fairly edgy ear cuff will be one of them. But fun trends are just that…fun! So for now we’re taking a cue from the playbook of some of our favourite models (we’re looking at you, Cara Delevingne) and trying out some lobe candy. Our tips? Keep it delicate, save it for a night out rather than the office, and try it out at a great budget price point like this one from Le Chateau.

The Luxe Day Bag
When it comes to red carpet accessories, the clutch is king. Made to fit a lipstick and not much else, these tiny bags manage to stand out with their rich textures and interesting shapes. For day to day, we definitely need a bit more room in our bag, but a pared-down approach does have appeal. We love the addition of the crossbody strap for function and the luxe embossed texture will add the perfect touch of everyday glam.

The Bold Punch of Pattern
Vivid patterns are another trend fairly new to the red carpet, and we’re loving how they add so much personality to a stars’ look. Risky? Sure. But you’ve gotta own your style. So we’re taking a cue and looking at big florals, statement-making graphics, and bold animal prints to add a touch of our own personality to our accessories, like this elegant day planner.

Does red carpet style impact your look? Which celebrity style are you loving this season?

Want to add some glam to your closet? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks you see here (check stores for availability):

Black fit and flare dress: Dynamite, $39.90
Green belt: Bench, $19
Ear cuff: Le Chateau, $6.95
Textured leather purse: Danier, $99
Silver and blue ring: Le Chateau, $29.95
Animal print notebook: Danier, $39

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