I’ve definitely been doing my own search for the perfect Oscar dress, and I’ve found some options already! But the process can be daunting, even for the most fashionable of us. For expert advice and a professional perspective, I turned to three professional stylists to get their recommendations for Oscar night.
Help me choose a dress, bellas!
I think there is a definite difference between what a correspondent would wear versus what a celeb guest would wear. Since you are working and ‘on duty’ you have to look fab but also be ready for anything like chasing down Halle Berry for an interview Also, everyone unfortunately is fair game to be listed/mentioned on the Fashion Police Show on E! whether they are plus size, tween actor, or seasoned pro.
Comfort & fit are definitely your top priorities in finding your red carpet look as a full figured correspondent. A great option is a jersey gown which is not only comfy but it drapes beautifully. Another stylish yet functional option is an empire or shirred waist chiffon dress that screams elegance while still maintaining comfort.
Here is a dress that would look great on you I would suggest it in Spruce or Earth.
(Sidenote — I found a similar dress in plus size! Love this Adrianna Papell in emerald or eggplant
For the Oscars I would love to see you in a long gown, flowy at the bottom for some drama and movement. My top 3 color choices are emerald green, purple and red. If I had to pick a celebrity muse it would definitely be Queen Latifah. She always looks beautiful in gowns and dresses and in my opinion it’s when she looks her best. As far as designers go, Pamella Roland and Georges Chakra are who I would call up first on my batphone! The design aesthetic of both Pamella Roland and Georges Chakra are very flattering to a woman’s shape and curves and Queen Latifah has actually worn designs by them both on several occasions!
Hope that sounds good to you! If I styled you, you would look SMASHING! (Not that you wouldn’t anyway, you’re going to look gorg I just know it!)
Charles Wade is a renaissance man and stylist to the stars whose work has been seen on BET, Vibe, Vibe Vixen, and MTV. I’m especially a fan of his work with Solange Knowles. Charles is very versed in red carpet fashion. Click here to follow him on Twitter!
There’s definitely a difference between working the Oscars red-carpet and “working” the Oscar’s red-carpet! Considering it’s LA and you’ll likely be in the sun in the middle of the day, fabric choice is key and then the sIlhouette for your body type. I’m a huge fan of color and length for this event because I think many of those actually working will simply opt for LBDs or standard cocktail dresses in pretty stock colors. A longer dress will give your more options shoe wise to maximize and/or increase your height and increases your options for shapewear to create a seamless silhouette.
Although this Rachel Pally cotton dress for most would read “casual”, cotton Is not only wearable and comfortable but this dress can be merched up and worn again! I’d love to see this dress or something similar (like one of those legendary Monif C convertible numbers) with jade, turquoise (also super wearable again and can be found reasonably) and a little gold jewelry, a discrete vintage clutch, and a killer platform peep-toe like these or these for an overall funky and a lil forward color block moment…
Back to shape wear, one big tip I’d offer in picking a dress is one that creates a seamless, shapely silhouette enhanced by layered undergarments like Spanx. Stylists in the know say: one to tone, two to tighten, and three to transform. So with a dress like this, a great minimizing or if needed, maximizing bra and as close to a full body shaper over that with one additional lighter and smaller shaper will lift and hold everything in place and allow this sort of dress and lighter weight fabric to fall and skim the bodily sexily. Note: when layering shape wear, stay far away from pantyhose! Overkill and you’ll roast and possibly faint… not chic. It’s all about great, lightweight shape wear and knowing your personal limit. I’ve seen as many as five worn on shoots but out and about, two is a safe bet.
Super helpful insider tips that I’ll be using on the big day. Which dress is your favorite, bellas? What do you think I should wear?