Silhouettes from the 2014 awards season red carpet as style inspiration. You're welcome.
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Allison Williams
We're huge fans of the Girls star, and this hot pink hue is ideal for warmer months. The long sleeve, floor-length hem makes it perfect for the red carpet, but we suggest finding a shorter dress in the same color and you've got your next invite-only outfit.
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Amy Adams
An empire waist is extremely flattering on any figure, and we love the two-tone color of this gown. Take cue from Adams's dress by doing the same with a top and skirt or top and shorts. The same effect can be achieved with navy and baby blue, or fuchsia and pastel pink. And, if you opt for the sexy neckline, be sure to pair that with something more voluminous on the bottom.
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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie proved that a tux can be just as sexy as a dress. To take your tux from guy to gorge, make sure you pair it with heels (note Angie's patent, pointy-toe pumps). Also, be sure to choose slim fitting trousers that are cropped at the ankle, and ensure your blouse isn't buttoned all the way to the top.
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Beyoncé
Bey's Grammy's dress got plenty of attention—hello, fab body and see-through material! We love nothing more than a white lace dress for warm weather, and varying lengths of this style can be dressed up or down for plenty of occasions. Add a denim vest and flats to a knee-length version and you're set for the beach, then change into heels and add a burgundy lip when heading to dinner.
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Cate Blanchett
Cate's embellished gown is perfect wedding inspiration (pin this for your virtual big day scrapbook). A floral dress is always appropriate (no matter the location of the ceremony), and a nude and cream palette like Cate's is right on trend.
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Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke, aka Khaleesi Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, is constantly wowing us on the red carpet. We love this black and white sculptural Proenza Schouler gown, and it's a great example of how to wear a pebbled-patterned dress to upcoming gatherings. The color combo is perfectly acceptable for a summer evening wedding, especially in the form of a sweetheart neckline.
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Emma Watson
Bold hues are extra poppy, and we adore how Emma Watson's dress has short sleeves and is paired with black cropped pants. It helps to make a dress more casual when you want to own the room, but not upstage the hostess.
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Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is just cool. Any dress paired with a confident attitude makes everyone's head turn. Here, a simple red dress becomes extra gorge when paired with some serious sparkle and matching red lipstick. When dressing for a black-tie wedding this season, consider finding a sleek silhouette and amping it up with statement earrings or a necklace, and adding a splash of color to your lips.
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Laura Carmichael
Think dark colors are a no-no for warmer months? Think again! This mossy green Erdem dress looks feminine with embellishments and is perfect for a summer wedding or evening party. If you opt for a look in a darker hue, be sure to keep accessories simple. It also gives you more of a chance to play with makeup.
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Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita became one of the stars to watch this season, and a shorter version of her Oscar dress could be worn to almost any summer occasion—from a brunch date to an afternoon wedding. The empire line is super flattering as is the ice blue tone.
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