Recreate the Best Dressed Looks From the 2021 Golden Globes in 6 Modern Ways
In the spirit of social distancing, the Golden Globe Awards this year were a completely virtual affair. But despite the red carpet going digital, it was still nothing short of fabulous. A+ list stars are dressed to the nines in the most stunning frocks and left us in awe of custom couture and runway garbs. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that Hollywood ceremonies won’t hold back on glamour—not even in a pandemic.
And while this all commenced, we can’t help but think—what would these opulent dresses look like translated to everyday dressing? Couture certainly isn’t the aptest for day-to-day, so we took style cues from each captivating outfit and turned them into regular ensembles that anyone can wear. Even in the absence of photographers, they’re still very much worthy of striking a pose in. Get inspired as we run down six ways you can recreate the best-dressed looks from the 2021 Golden Globes.
Exude Elegance in a High-Neck
The Undoing star Nicole Kidman was all decked out in a custom black and gold halter gown by Louis Vuitton. And we’re not surprised why she’s on the best-dressed list. Aside from the timeless black and gold palette, nothing oozes sophistication like a high-neck. A black bedazzled mini version would recreate this well, with the beaded neck replicating her chain embellishments. If you don’t feel like wearing black, a classy champagne shade is the way to go with an asymmetrical midi. It’s one you can seamlessly take from day to night. Don’t forget to accessorize with gold or silver accessories like she did!
Turn Up the Volume
British actress Rosamund Pike showed her cool side with a voluminous Molly Goddard dress. It was so effortlessly chic with her stompy Alexander McQueen combat boots that edged up an otherwise hyperfeminine look. One way to replicate this is to find maximal, outrageous silhouettes—the bigger, the better. This could be in the form of a baby doll frock, a super flowy spaghetti strap maxi, or a simple tiered mini dress that has just the right amount of flounce. Not into show-stopping volume? An audacious ruby red alone is a trendy piece you can flaunt.
Steal the Show With Shiny Textures
A bottle of champagne—that was Regina King’s inspiration for her virtual red carpet look. She looked like a tall glass of sparkling wine indeed, marking her historic Best Director nomination with a glistening black and silver dress courtesy of Louis Vuitton. This one-night dress alone took 350 hours to make and includes 3,000-plus sequins. High shine is a real spotlight stealer and we strongly advise you reserve your sequins, glitter, and other eye-catching glimmers for nightly events. You can channel Regina in disco-inspired drapey tops. This would look gorgeous with a sleek pair of flared trousers and makes for a full vintage look a la Studio 54. For a tempered approach, metallic gunmetal trades arresting shine for a sheen that will still get you all the compliments.
Take Inspiration from Bohemian Style
Andra Day made history after taking home her best actress award for her role as Billie Holiday in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. She’s the second black woman to ever obtain this award and received it in a boho-style Chanel crochet dress. Its muted tone made it über sophisticated along with its dainty details and tulle tier. Embroidery doesn’t get enough love. it’s one of those subtle adornments that complement minimal colors so well and allows for both elements to stand out. Try incorporating it in your workwear layers inside an oversized blazer. A more modern variation of this is lace, which can retain classiness with beige or gray tones instead of your usual stark white or black.
Embrace a Joyful Spring Color
Amanda Seyfried had a bit of a fiasco after her custom Oscar de la Renta gown got lost during its shipment from NYC. Luckily, it was solved in time for her to show off its gorgeous coral hue that was oh so easy on the eyes. The dress embodied spring’s arrival with coordinating flowers starting with two at the front and then surrounding the entire back. Simple but striking, plus, we rarely ever get to see coral on the red carpet. For a change of pace from your winter colors, try this vibrant shade in several silhouettes. If you’re feeling bohemian, a smocked top with embroidery would pair well with a tiered maxi. For semi-formal soirées, a ruffled peplum top deserves to accompany you in any celebration.
When in Doubt, Go Classic
Black dresses are always hits at red carpets and this applies in real life too! Our LBDs have sartorially saved us more times than we can count. Ratched star Sarah Paulson certainly utilized the classic approach with an off-shoulder ball gown in a glossy midnight hue with appliqués and a lavender cast. Who said orthopedics can’t look chic? Off-shoulder styles are back again as we meet warmth, so don’t hesitate to show a bit of skin. There are a handful of ways to coolly pull this off. A detailed one-shoulder style with a cap sleeve would look beautiful with a self-tie wrap skirt for small garden festivities. Another would be a slim-fit midi dress with small-scale pleating. This gives an elongating illusion that petite ladies will appreciate. Feeling fancy? Bell sleeves would make for charming accents that break away from the usual loose sleeve styles.
Stretch Your Creativity
They say life imitates art—this rings true as a lot of great style inspirations root from pop culture. And one of our favorite things about consuming fashion-forward media is taking bits and pieces of influence that we can inject into our own styles. Anytime you’re captivated by a look on the red carpet or a series you’ve been loving, try taking cues and see how you can replicate it in your own way. Not only does this make dressing up fun, but it also enables you to stretch and show off your sartorial chops. So go ahead and get creative!