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Capsule Wardrobe: Primetime Emmys

Awards shows are my thing. I get excited just thinking about celebs being star struck by other celebs. It’s like a night of inside jokes that the public gets to watch (cue Michael Scott, “I love inside jokes. I’d love to be a part of one someday”). I love watching people of influence taking a stand for a cause close to their hearts. My absolute favorite part about awards shows, however, is the fashion. Watching the stars walk down the red carpet feels like walking through a museum. I love that what they’re wearing has something to say: whether they’re paying homage to a character or even, in some cases, purposefully revolting against that particular character (for example, anytime that January Jones walks the red carpet). Even if you don’t have a black tie event to attend, you can still rock these trends and look like an award-winning actress. Get ready for a week’s worth of Emmy goodness.

The Pieces:

Zara Cut Out Sweater $50
Did anyone else notice the plethora of cutouts and asymmetrical necklines on the red carpet? The actresses were probably thanking their stylists for offering heat-friendly looks seeing as this year’s red carpet was one of the hottest on record (Olivia Culpo even nearly fainted). This sweater is definitely not heat-friendly, but is a great transition item for those of us who don’t live in Los Angeles. Cleveland, for instance, already feels like fall.

Ally Fashion Asymmetric Stripe Skirt $21
Not just necklines were asymmetrical. Hemlines were also feeling the off-kilter love. So were stripes actually. Mixing the two could only equal a wonderful partnership. The bolder, the better.

Public Desire CeCe Strappy Heel $37
I call this the red carpet heel. You will rarely find a red carpet these days without this shoe. It’s classic, simple, and goes with nearly everything. You want to rock an edgy little number? Pick this shoe. Looking for something a little more Old Hollywood glamour? Slip this on Bacall.

Talk about your bold look! Joanna Newsom rocked a Delpozo number from the Spring ’15 collection with Butani earrings and Irene Neuwirth cuffs and rings. With the structured peplum top and tulle skirt, fashion “it” girls are loving this look. Like, come on! It’s almost unfathomable that pastel pink could look this edgy and cool.

Ellie Kemper definitely has some fun with her Naeem Khan striped and sequins gown. Anybody who follows this column knows I have a weakness for stripes. So, how could I resist making an outfit set based off of this look? While Kemper kept the look youthful by using colorful stripes, I like the look of the black and white stripes. They work really wonderfully in the workplace.

Slay, Taraji, slay. Henson looked so fabulous in her custom Alexander Wang gown with the sweeping, sheer lace skirt, cutout bodice, and chain straps. To replicate this look, keep the skirt shorter (think midi length). Wearing a sheer maxi skirt to work might not be universally acceptable. Swap the chain straps for a chain bracelet and rock that cutout sweater. Maybe dressing like Taraji P. Henson will make you feel as cool as her?

Can we talk about Amy Poehler for a minute? I mean, really. This woman is my dream best friend (if I could have a group text with anyone it would be between Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, and Mindy Kaling). She is so herself in any outfit that she wears, that I don’t even care about the clothes. I just geek out over the fact that she is there. Even though she wore a Michael Kors dress, I think this sweater and pant look captures the sleekness really well. Add the chunky bangles to complete the ensemble.

My New Year’s Eve fantasies and the Emmy’s red carpet had something in common: sequins. I definitely saw a lot of sequins on this year’s stars. Jaimie Alexander, in particular, did an excellent job wearing the look without looking too much like Limited Too exploded on her. The embellished Armani Privé gown sparkled with every flash of the camera. Sarah Paulson also sported the look in her custom Prabal Gurung gown. This H&M top and skirt set is amazingly perfect to replicate this look. Keep your hair sleek and your accessories to a minimum. Your sheer fabulousness will be enough accessory.

If I didn’t include Kerry Washington’s look from last night, does this blog post even exist? These are the real questions. All jokes aside, Kerry was beyond fabulous in her (freshly-plucked) Marc Jacobs Spring ’16 dress that debuted just days before during his NYFW show. This look might be nearly impossible to replicate because of its sheer uniqueness. You can, however, take key trends from this look and apply them to your look. Definitely own the metallic and mesh.

Ok, so I cheated. I didn’t use one of the three items for this look. But, can you blame me? After seeing Kiernan Shipka’s red carpet look, I couldn’t help myself. She wore a Dior Haute Couture dress-over-pants ensemble with Dana Rebecca Designs jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes. Like this just reeks of trendiness. If I could switch closets with any teen star, it would without a doubt be Kiernan Shipka. You go K. Shipka, you go.

What was your favorite Emmys look last night?
I LOVE that Zara sweater! It's immediately going on my wishlist. That sparkly H&M set is also adorable.
#1 Maggie on 2015-09-21 18:18 (Reply)
I want every single thing. For each of the days, lol. I have issues:)
#2 Laura (Homepage) on 2015-09-21 21:48 (Reply)
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