Red carpet styles accessible for students


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Living on a tight budget should not stop one from looking as stylish as those on the red carpet.

Gabriella Bower, Violet Vision Editor

Awards season began with the Golden Globes on Jan. 11 and will close with the Academy Awards in Feb. 22.  While many college students will not be attending red carpet events this winter, anyone can take a stylish cue from the Hollywood starlets.

This season, solid, bold colors such as Katherine Heigl’s navy number, Katie Holmes’ eggplant gown and Felicity Jones’ teal stunner at the Golden Globes made major trend headlines. They all completed their ensembles with elegant and understated jewelry to draw attention to the gowns.

While the stars wore Zac Posen,  Marchesa and Christian Dior respectively, similar bold colored dresses can be found at ASOS and Nordstrom for any semiformal or formal event a college student may have. As previously stated, jewelry should be kept elegant but not extravagant. BaubleBar has a huge assortment of earrings, necklaces and statement cuffs that all fall under the $40 price mark.

Another red carpet trend seen at the Globes were jumpsuits. Lorde and Emma Stone stole the show with theirs. Stone wore an incredible Lanvin jumpsuit while Lorde, taking a cue from her bestie Taylor Swift, sported a black-tie pantsuit including a crop top, high-waisted trousers and a slick blazer to finish the look.

Whether college students are going to a formal event or just out on a Friday night in the city, jumpsuits will be sure to make an appearance. Sticking to a solid-colored jumpsuit or pantsuit set such as Lorde’s is much more practical for a college student’s budget. The solid color will allow for you to switch up the look every time you wear it with a simple change of accessories. This could include a change of jewelry from statement necklaces to ones that are layered and delicate, or a makeup switch from a dramatic smoky eye to a bold, colorful lip.

Finally, another trend college students can take over with a limited budget is nails — necessary to complete a look. The classic french manicure took an update, and stars like Camila Alves and Lupita Nyong’o wore a three-color French mani. Pale polishes also took center stage, and finally the full spectrum of red hues were worn by the likes of Jennifer Aniston and
Olivia Munn. 

Sally Hansen sticker nails allow for the even the most amateur college nail artist to try out the three-color French mani, while Essie offers the best quality pale polishes while remaining under $9. Revlon is the go-to brand for a large collection of rich red hues.

Not everybody can walk the red carpet, but anybody can notice the trending styles and interpret those trends into their personal aesthetic. As the Oscars approach in late February, be sure to use the attire, accessories and nail trends of the stars as a source of inspiration to update your own formal winter wardrobe.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Jan.  26 print edition.  Email Gabriella Bower at [email protected].