The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, is easily the most anticipated awards show in Hollywood—not only for the epic acting wins, the tearful speeches, and the celebrity host’s hilarious schtick, but more importantly, for the fabulous, fabulous fashion! The following video shares the fashion pack’s picks for best-dressed on the red carpet. We’ve also added some tips on how you can integrate these A-list dressing lessons into every day life. Try them on for size!

Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock was a bombshell in her sparkly Marchesa gown. To achieve the same look (without looking like a disco ball), go for fabrics and beadwork of the same color—the monochromatic effect will tame any super-sequined ensemble.

Legendary thespian Meryl Streep went strong and simple with her white, long-sleeved Chris March gown. The dress’ bold shoulders were tempered by the feminine draping of the skirt—a balance that is essential to power-dressing. Incorporate this into your own wardrobe by pairing girly skirts with structured jackets for instant minimalist finesse.

Indie darling Maggie Gyllenhaal (sister to the gorgeous Jake) and Precious actresses Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe were dressed in head-to-toe azure, proving that blue is indeed the hue de jour. This summer, pick out dresses, swimsuits, and footwear in a stunning sapphire shade for a pretty pop of color. And please, don’t be afraid of print!


(Video courtesy of the Associated Press)

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