Look For Less: 2018 Emmy Awards

I love award shows. I don’t think I’ve missed an Emmys, Oscars or Golden Globes since I was ten years old. As a lover of pop culture and entertainment, I usually have seen most of the things nominated and have people I’m rooting for. However, the best part for me is always red carpet fashion. Just like I never miss a show, I never miss the two-hour red carpet special beforehand. I’m always refreshing the online galleries of the red carpet looks to see all the beautiful gowns.

While most of us will probably never get to attend a major award show (sob), we definitely can channel these stars at the most formal events in our lives. Some of these looks are still a little pricey, but definitely way less than a couture gown. Also, these are loosely inspired by Emmys fashion, because this was a lot harder than I thought.

Millie Bobby Brown

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Millie Bobby Brown always looks flawless. There is no way she’s gonna look back at her red carpet photos in 10-15 years and cringe. I’ve never seen her looking anything less than adorable. Meanwhile, when I was 14, I wore mini Troll doll earrings with Santa outfits to a Christmas party.

Anyway, MBB’s tea-length Calvin Klein dress is absolutely darling. I love tea-length and really hope it makes a comeback!! Anyone else? (Also needing to make a comeback: “Stranger Things”! Where is season 3??)

Besides the length, the elements of this dress I love that are great to translate to party looks are the pattern and shoulders. A lot of formal dresses are either strapless or have sleeves, and are often monochrome or sparkly, so both the floral pattern on the dress and the shoulder/neckline are quite refreshing. Below are a few cute dresses I found with similar elements.

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I always wish there were more patterned dresses on the red carpet, and on Monday, my goddess Connie Britton delivered. There are so many exquisite solid color gowns, but the right patterned gown packs a major punch. I loved how Britton’s gown was a simple silhouette and let the pattern do the talking. Also, such a fun color!

I found a few beautiful floral maxi gowns, but since summer is almost over, sleeveless gowns aren’t as available right now. Maybe save this one for a summer bash!

Below, left to right:

  1. Free People Nellie Printed Maxi Dress, $128

  2. Lulu’s Only In Dreams Maxi Dress, $118

  3. Modcloth Muster the Length Maxi Dress in Sapphire, $99.99

  4. Lulu’s All I Need Lace-Up Maxi Dress, $76

Dakota Fanning

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Dakota’s Dior dress is the perfect prom inspiration. It’s classic and simple, but a color that’s uncommon on the red carpet. The silhouette also looks good on everyone - skinny straps and a belted waist are so flattering. Add in the emerald green earrings and you have a gorgeous, easy look!

Below, left to right:

  1. BHLDN Eva Dress in Moss, $168

  2. Lulu’s All About The Love Maxi Dress in Mint, $49

  3. Free People Allegra Maxi Dress in Forest, $279

  4. Anthropologie Brigitte Dress, $148

  5. Modcloth Ceremonial Companion maxi Dress in Saje, $75

Leticia Wright

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The second I saw this Pamella Roland dress, I was in love. The beading and colors are delicate and there are a lot of flapper vibes. I love the feminine way Leticia styled this dress, but I would wear one of these less expensive ones with some black boots and make it super edgy. Edgy or feminine, the beaded/sheer/tulle dress is always a great choice.

Quick moment of appreciation for how dope Leticia Wright is in general. Few characters will ever be as cool as Shuri. I have to admit I haven’t seen the episode of Black Mirror Wright was nominated for (that show kinda scares me tbh), but I’m sure she was flawless in that too.

Dresses like Leticia’s were surprisingly hard to find, especially because I feel like the pearl beading detail on tulle was a big trend in the spring/summer, but I think that it’s probably just that: it was more of a spring/summer trend. I loved it, so I hope it comes back!

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Rachel Brosnahan was one of the major standouts of the Emmys red carpet for me. Her Oscar De La Renta gown is extremely classy and the color looks fantastic on her. The style is a play on the one shoulder dress that comes across as very effortless and chic.

If you haven’t seen “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” steal someone’s Amazon password, because it is truly marvelous. Amazon made it available to everyone, regardless of subscription, last year after it swept at the Golden Globes and I spent a weekend binging it. If you like strong, funny women, this show is a must. The vintage wardrobe is to die for as well. I’m so excited for season 2, even if it means I have to start paying for Amazon Video. Mrs. Maisel is worth it.

For this dress, I had a hard time finding anything with the same shoulder style. However, the first dress below, from Lulu’s, is adjustable and can be styles many different ways, so you could likely finagle the straps into a similar look to Brosnahan’s. There were many more options when it came to short dresses, which makes sense, because the average person doesn’t have many occasions to wear floor-length gowns.

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I’m a firm believer that the all over sequins look never goes out of style. Samira Wiley’s Jenny Packham gown is stunning on her. I love metallic looks on the red carpet, but sometimes if someone is dressed in all gold and looks like an award, it’s a bit awkward. Silver is the perfect award show tone. But if you’re not going to an award show, any metallic sequin tone is great.

In general, all over sequins will always look good as long as the garment doesn’t look cheap. It’s hard to pick the right sequined dress out without seeing it in person, so if you’re looking for a sequined party look, try to go see it in person!

Below, left to right:

  1. Badgley Mischka open-back draped sequined tulle gown, $307

  2. Anthropologie Margo Dress, $268

  3. Topshop Silver Sequin Jumpsuit, $190

  4. Dress the Population Lina Sequined Gown, $308

  5. Aqua Belted Sequin Gown, $278


Which Emmys red carpet look was your favorite this year?