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The Best Dress Trends from the Oscars

Last night's 88th Academy Awards may have been filled with controversy but on the red carpet, there were clear winners for best dressed with celebrities like Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Cate Blanchett bringing the glam and glitz we expect from Hollywood. So while actors and actresses may be grappling with larger questions about their role in society (political, racial or otherwise), there was no question that looking and dressing like a star is still on top of the list.

Here are our picks of the best dress trends from red carpet:

Deep Green

Our pick for stand-out colour of the night. Fair-skinned beauties like Rachel McAdams and Saoirse Ronan shone in deep forest green gowns finished with long, slender earrings and matching smoky eye makeup.

Plunging Necklines

Gowns with plunging necklines are nothing new on the red carpet but this year, they came in some unexpected styles. Charlize Theron's red-hot gown with train is likely the most typical silhouette, making Olivia Wilde's pleated and frilled white gown almost sweet in comparison (though with the same amount of cleavage, mind you). Meanwhile, Margot Robbie's golden 'Oscar' dress was more sleek but just as sophisticated.

Pastel Confections

Though less dramatic in colour, pastel-hued dresses made an equally dramatic statement on the red carpet. The trick to avoid looking like a bridesmaid is to choose a dress with embellishments, like Emily Blunt and Alicia Vikander. Dressed in a floral gown in a cool aqua colour, Cate Blanchett's gown was also another stand-out in this trend.

Shop our edit of Oscar-worthy dresses:

  • 1

    Maxi Shirt Dress by Michael Lo Sordo

    A double-breasted gown made of 100% silk.

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  • 2

    Nefertiti Gown by Carla Zampatti

    A draped georgette dress in beautiful aquamarine.

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  • 3

    Voyager Gown by Bianca Spender

    An open back dress in a deep teal and made from silk georgette.

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  • 4

    Gidget Gown by Rachel Gilbert

    A show stopping dress with silver sequins and body-skimming silhouette.

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  • 5

    Dimity Gown by Rachel Gilbert

    Geometric sequin inserts combine with a plunging neckline to create a sharp yet glamorous evening gown.

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