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Who was the best-dressed at the Oscars? What style lessons did we learn from Hollywood this year? Our correspondent Meredith Lepore has curated the best fashion and style trends from the red carpet at the Oscars 2021. 

Crocs, sneakers and that yellow dress: the best looks from the 2021 Oscars

Though the Oscar producers gave it their all after an extraordinarily challenging and odd year for film, the 95th Academy Awards were not the most exciting. 


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In fact, despite being held at beautiful Union Station and getting Glenn Close to do the “Da Butt” dance this year’s event was . . . well, sluggish (that’s a polite word being used.) There was no host, there were no clips of the movies (many of which the majority of the viewing audience hadn’t seen). And most importantly, there were no time limits on the length of acceptance speeches


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But the one way the Oscars didn’t disappoint, thankfully, was in the fashion department. The ceremony may have not given us enough compelling visuals, but the red carpet certainly did (and yes, there was an actual red carpet for this awards show!)

The fashion of the night was super glamorous, bold and perhaps inspired all of us to get out of our sweatpants on Monday (though Best Director winner Chloé Zhao – who made history with her win – wore sneakers. Peak 2020-21.)

Here were some of the biggest trends of the night and the most show-stopping looks. 

The best inspiring fashion and style trends from the 2021 Oscars

1. Dressing like an Oscar

Gold was all the rage last night which is arguably better than the years where everyone wears white. Major props to Carey Mulligan for leading the pack in a daring but tasteful Valentino Couture bandeau top with matching embellished puff skirt. 

Andra Day also looked lovely in a custom Vera Wang gold dress. And let’s give some credit to the gentlemen as well. He may have lost the Best Supporting Actor contest, but Leslie Odom Jr. did shine bright in his gold Brioni suit. And let’s not forget Questlove’s breathtaking gold crocs. That would bring your gardening game to a whole new level. 

2. Dramatic red

Red is always a staple at the Oscars and Reese Witherspoon rocked it in Dior and Bulgari jewelry. But nominee Amanda Seyfried really took a chance in a plunging Armani Privé gown. And we can’t forget the stunning Angela Basset in a  custom red Alberta Ferretti off-the-shoulder gown with full, draped organza shoulders, a high slit, and long train.


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It wasn’t red but mauve, an even trickier color, and yet Halle Berry rocked this Dolce & Gabbana gown despite her controversial new haircut. 

3. A League of Her Own: Zendaya

But let’s get serious. The woman who truly stole the show was Zendaya. Custom-designed by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the yellow gown-named “Force de beaute“-took 300 hours to make.

She topped it off with a reported $6 million’s worth of Bulgari diamonds. And let’s not forget the matching yellow mask.  Not too shabby.


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4. all hail the king: Regina King

Regina King also deserves a shoutout for not only kicking off a tricky ceremony but for her beautiful ice blue Louis Vuitton dress

The best fashion and style trends from the 2021 Oscars

That’s our take on the best-dressed women who set the best inspiring fashion and style trends and lessons from on the red carpet at the Oscars 2021. What was your favorite, dear reader?

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Meredith Lepore is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire Magazine, Women’s Health, InStyle, Architectural Digest, The Observer, and Travel & Leisure. She earned her Masters in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time, and enjoys reading, jogging, spinning, and playing with her small dog, Otis.

Julie Murphy

Julie began her career in fashion as a design intern at 3.1 Phillip Lim after graduating from Parsons School of Design. As the fashion editor at Dandelion Chandelier, she brings over a decade of experience as a designer and marketing creative to cover trends and styling.