Did you notice that the biggest fashion statement at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was understatement? No matter her age, almost every woman walking the red carpet looked respectable, not racy.
Even Lady Gaga!
We may not have been invited to the 87th annual Academy Awards, but we boomerettes still have to attend our fair share of parties, weddings and other celebrations in a typical year. As you plan what to wear to those, consider what I learned during Sunday night’s Crash Course in Glam:
Sequin-covered slacks seems to be having their moment right now. Shirley MacLaine went all the way with a matching spangled tank and jacket, while Milena Canonero paired hers with a black satin trenchcoat — just the thing to wear when accepting your statuette for best costume design. (I like to top my own sparkly pants with a black sweater, tunic or turtleneck.) Try H&M Sequined Leggings or CJ by Cookie Johnson Sequin Trousers.
Bare your shoulders, not your boobs. You have four basic options here: 1) a strapless dress with a high bodice (the choice made by Julianne Moore, top, and Laura Dern, below); 2) a single-shoulder dress, like Patricia Arquette’s; 3) an off-shoulder st
Do a real lip color. Rose, red, pink or plum ruled at the 2015 Oscars, making a nice change from neutral lips and overdone dark, smoky eyes. Everyone from Julianne Moore to Patricia Arquette appeared to have gotten the memo on this one. Try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Lip Colour in Raisin Revival or Timeless Rose or Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in RazzBerry or Pink Lily.
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Let’s pause for a quick moment here to give thanks that red-carpet photographers no longer pan women’s bodies up and down, and that — thanks to activists such as Arquette and her acceptance speech on income parity for women — the conversation finally seems to be shifting from “Who are you wearing?” to “What are you working on?” Bravissima, ladies!
For more beauty and style tips for women 50 and better, check out my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
Photos: Getty Images (Moore); zappos.com; Getty Images (Arquette, Dern); Associated Press (Winfrey).
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