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Your DIY Red Carpet Look

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Posted on February 16 2011

Everyone wants to look and feel like a star for that special event, whether it’s for prom, a black-tie wedding, or that charity gala. Translating Hollywood fashion into do-it-yourself (DIY) red carpet fashion can be a cinch if you know how to make the trends work for you. 

Pick a palette that makes you shine. At this year’s Golden Globes, for instance, stars Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta Jones made viewers green with envy wearing deep shades of emerald: take a look on Access Hollywood to see how the color made them pop off the red carpet. This dress by La Femme will give you a similar look in emerald. But while the shade may work on these brunette beauties, it may not put blondes in their best light. Red carpet blondes including Mad Men’s January Jones wore red instead; a better option to interpreted the jewel-tone trend. This look by Jovani definitely has a wow factor that will help you outshine the competition. 

There are red carpet fashions that will never go out of style. These include old-Hollywood satin gowns in shades of silver, champagne, and can’t-go-wrong black. Some stars are also wearing white satin year-round as a neutral—and while some style gurus call it a new look, the look is a timeless as Marilyn Monroe herself. 
Accessories are key in taking your style from good to great. While non-celebrities may not be able to afford a celebrity stylist like Rachel Zoe, you can still stay tuned in to what’s happening now on the high end by visiting her site or reading the latest fashion glossies. But you can never go wrong with glam classics like a metallic gold or silver clutch and matching shoes, black or white satin bags and footwear, and a healthy dose of bling in the form of beading or crystals. 
Pick a single piece of statement jewelry so you don’t overdo it. There’s a fine line between glam and gaudy. Top your ensemble off with a real or faux-fur shrug or a chiffon wrap, and you will be ready for your close up.

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