The adult prom is coming up for moi. Remember where the grown ups get all dressed up and go out on the town?
Well, even if you don’t, I thought we could talk this week about getting ready for a big event such as this one. No doubt you have a prom, wedding or other special day in your future. And I mean to help you know how to prepare!
Think of this week as getting red carpet ready!
Was anyone else a bit disappointed in the dresses this year? While the show seemed much better (I love Billy Crystal), the dresses just didn’t seem like last year’s “Wow Year.” Here are the dresses and hairstyles I liked best.
This dress was matchy-matchy with her hair and it looks a little more like a fall dress than spring, but I love a pattern. And this was pattern in a subtle, sparkly way. Very pretty.
I thought this dress was very feminine and elegant. I think the color is spectacular on her. And it had fun details, like the belt and the little sleeve.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this dress but she looks very regal in it. And SO slender! As we say in my family, she needs to eat a sandwich. 😉
Who, you ask? Oh just George Clooney’s latest. Apparently she used to cheerlead and was also involved in WWF. Hmm?… I loved how this dress fit her. She definitely looks like a trophy girlfriend.
I thought Glenn Close really knocked it out of the park. If she had taken the jacket off, she might have been my best dressed. Wow. She really looks incredible. Again, I’m hoping to look half this good later in life!
Winner! Cameron Diaz-
That’s right Jessica Biel, take that! I’m sure Justin Timberlake was feeling a little sorry for himself when he saw Cameron in this dress. The girl is almost 40 and has a rocking body. She certainly showed it in this slim dress. I loved how simple it was up top and how it had ruffles and sparkled on the bottom. The only thing I would have changed would be her necklace. I thought it needed a little more intricacy to it. This one left something to be desired.
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I’m very into the sideswept thing lately and I loved how this wasn’t really an updo, but it gave her look a bit of drama.
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I LOVE Cameron’s hair short. I don’t know why the girl insists on growing it out. She looks stunning with a great cut!
Winner! Viola Davis-
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While she didn’t win best actress, she certainly won best hair. It was awesome to see her real hair. It just shows how naturally beautiful she is. And you don’t get that from watching her on the Help! Great color, great texture. And her mama did it. Love.
What were your favorites of the night?
My Top Ten Favorite Oscar Dresses
Oh, I nearly died when I saw her come out in this dress last year. She is so beautiful, but then she wore this amazing color. I have a special place in my heart for lilac. And the cut of this gown! Geez. This was the ultimate in sex bomb.
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Apparently she was going for easy here. But to me it really looks chic and sophisticated in a modern way. I love how it flatters her body and I also love the use of the broach at her hip!
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This one is from awhile back now, but I love the power of red. I also love the use of the cut-outs and the open back. It really was a siren look for Renee.
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This dress will go down in infamy for me. You know how I love a good color and this is done so well. I love the pop of red on her lips and the dark tone of her jewelry.
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While Michelle looked fabulous in mustard, Cate radiated in sunshine yellow. While I really enjoyed her dress from last year, this dress is my favorite for Cate. I loved the pop of color with the burgundy belt and bag. I also loved the bling on her shoulder.
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How do you walk the red carpet? In a color that flatters you (wow does Penelope look great in navy), add in some beautiful feathers and don a dress that accentuates your curves. I’m not sure I’ve seen her top this dress yet!
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This woman may define the word “style” as we know it. Not only is she in the “upper” age bracket, but she oozes sexy, beautiful and chic. It leaves all of those mother-of-the-bride dresses something lacking, don’t you think? I can only hope I look half this good at her age!
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As with most of these ladies, it is seriously hard to make them look bad. But this color flatters Keira so much. She looks sexy and bold. And that necklace really makes the whole look perfect!
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The queen of boho chic really looked all grown up in this dress. It seems to me that it was the first of many sparkly neutrals to come down the red carpet in those years.
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Last but definitely not least is Charlize’s winning moment. I’m not sure if it is the dress or the hair and makeup, or maybe just a combination of all three. But she looked amazing, flapper-esk.
I hope you enjoyed my list. Be sure not to miss tomorrow’s 2012 best Oscar dresses.
What is your favorite Oscar dress of all time?
It’s hhhhhhhhhhhhhh-eeeeeeeeeeeeeee-rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Ah the Oscars. Two years ago at this time I was standing in a hospital room while my midwife rubbed my back and coached me through my labor pains. Where was my husband and my support people? On the couch relaxing and watching the Oscars. 🙂 Even the midwife was making dress comments! (I’m not sure yet to this day if they were just trying to get me to focus on the dresses and less on my uncomfortableness and if so, they know what this girl likes!) The good thing was that my own baby girl was born that night!
This story should show you the power of the Oscars. There have been years that I’ve missed it. But the dresses live on whether or not you watch.
Here are a few of my most memorable (look tomorrow for my favorite Oscar dresses). I wish I could say that I saw Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelley, but I don’t have those moments. Here’s what I do have-
Top Five Memorable Oscar Dresses
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Geez. Was she engaged to Brad here or dating Ben? I forget. But I remember this dress before she was even half the star she is now.
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I was not a huge fan of this dress. I thought the hem in the front was too short, but I must have been the only one who seemed to mind. This was a dress that you don’t forget, regardless.
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Again, not a huge fan of this dress either (I thought her back was a little too thin scary!) but it does down in Oscar history.
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This was a pretty memorable night at the Oscars and Halle’s dress did not disappoint for a dress that will easily be forgotten!
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If you say “swan dress” we all have this image still ingrained in our minds. ‘Nuff said.
Stay tuned for more Oscar dresses from the past and the 2012 dresses!!