(Today, Karen shows us how she helped a client style an actual Red Carpet look on a budget. Amazing results!)
The Oscars are coming, and so are the beauties! How many of them do you think pulled it off for under $300?
With her lovely tall, slim and curvy frame, I knew I wanted something for her in a heavy jersey fabric. Jane asked for black, but I knew navy would show off her bright blue eyes to stunning effect. We agreed that she shouldn’t try to dress too young or glitzy, knowing she’d be veering off her style personality by a mile. So classic it was to be.
To find a budget gown we had a couple of options. I brought in the dress Jane is wearing in the photos on the first try, which almost never happens! It’s Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom, $150, and it fit perfectly. Jane was thrilled she could wear her favorite bra with the dress, completely undetectable due to the ruching. I was totally ready to run the usual gamut of shopping options; borrowing, thrifting at the studio wardrobe sales and consignment shops, or renting a gown. It was a joy to have avoided all that so we could get on with the fun!
Using the dress as our cornerstone, we began taking test shots with a camera, swapping out various accessories, possible hairstyles, shoes and evening bags. I highly recommend you take photos of yourself before going to an important event. I guarantee the nays and the yays will be as plain as day. The ornament on Jane’s dress directed our choice in accessories: nothing should compete with the “brooch” or take the emphasis off her face. That meant a simple shoe in black (Yes, navy and black!!!). The tassel earrings worked great with the dress and brooch, ala Natalie Portman at the Oscars. Remember?
Gown: Adrianna Papell, Nordstrom, $150
Shoes: Anne Klein, DSW, $70
All jewelry: Stylist’s personal collection
Silver envelope clutch: Stylist’s personal collection
Hair updo: $40
Nails: Done by Jane
Makeup: Done by Jane
TOTAL FORMAL LOOK: $260
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