First start to an Oscar-worthy look? A great dress. When you are a mom, you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a prom dress. Or for that matter, any formal that can be found in the junior’s department. But finding a dress that is sophisticated and also fun can be a struggle. Throw on top of that constraints like it’s freezing outside or you don’t want to show a ton of skin and it can be a treasure hunt.
Thank goodness for the Internet. Because even if the local mall doesn’t have what you need, you have a host of options online. And many of them can be thrifty choices!
I sought out three dresses that I felt were sophisticated but not matronly, fun and age appropriate.
The first dress feels the most Oscar worthy to me. It showcases the arms but everything else is covered. It isn’t wild and crazy but you can definitely dress it up even more with a great updo or show-stopping accessories. I can see this dress being worn by Emma Stone or Gwyneth Paltrow.
The second dress is for the woman who wants to be fully covered and comfortable. It has the ease of a maxi dress with the sophistication of a formal. The key to pulling this dress off is the accessories. In order for it to feel like evening wear, it needs some fancy pieces. And while this girl looks fabulous in this nude color, recognize that she is darker complected and finding a nude that looks great on everybody doesn’t exist. Read- you’ll want to try on a nude dress to be sure it doesn’t wash you out! I could see this dress on Jennifer Lopez or Meryl Streep.
This last dress is for those of you who want to wear something fun. Navy is a very regal alternative to black and I love the shape of the top of this dress. It even gives you just a touch of sparkle. But this dress is not for the faint of heart! It will be an attention getter! So keep the accessories minimal. I could see Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain rocking this dress.
And that’s the starting point of our red carpet look. Stop by tomorrow for more prepping!
$225 – net-a-porter.com
$205 – vanmildert.com