What is so amazing about fashion is that one minute you see it on a celebrity and the next you can purchase the look on the high street. It has always amazed me how quickly fashion is able to bring us these wonderful pieces from the red carpet to the silver screen, celebrity women all across the world have showcased their style with a selection of truly stunning women’s dresses— but which of these are the most memorable to you? I know my favourites!
Below I have selected some of the most unforgettable and extravagant dresses ever to hit the headlines – and showed you how you can get the looks on the high street yourself.
Julia Roberts is one of the most celebrated women in film, winning an Oscar for best actress in 2001 and starring in several of our favourite blockbusters for decades, the actress has showcased many a beautiful dress throughout her time on our screens. Perhaps the most iconic of these dresses is the off-the shoulder, red dress she wore in Pretty Woman. Designed by Marilyn Vance-Straker, this beautiful column dress sat elegantly off the shoulder to create a gorgeous silhouette that looked timeless. So, how do you go about getting the high street version of this look?
This dress is all about femininity and elegance. If you’ve got a special event coming up, this style of gown is perfect. Keep the sweetheart neckline but go for a slightly shorter length dress or even an asymmetric cut to make the look less formal. Keeping jewellery to a minimum will let the wow-factor of the dress really shine through – chokers pair particularly well with this type of neckline and a neutral clutch bad will complete the look perfectly. Wearing your hair in an up-do will also help show off the neckline and silhouette.
Beyoncé is always a step ahead of the rest in both her music and her style. The bejewelled, sheer dress that she wore to the Met Gala in 2015 made headlines all over the world – and for good reason. This backless, fitted Givenchy gown was complemented perfectly with colourful gems which were carefully placed all the way down to her feet.
Though not every event will call for a see-through, crystal encrusted gown, there’s no reason you can’t inject a bit of glitz and glamour into your wardrobe with something almost as showy. To emulate Beyonces daring look, you should focus on the sparkle – metallic or diamante bodycon dresses will help you stand out and show off your figure in a similar manner – creating an eye-catching and bold look for a night out. Rather than going for a completely see through material, why not take the safer option and go for a nude coloured dress that can be paired with heels and a matching clutch?
The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was watched by more than 18 million viewers in the UK, with many tuning in early to try to catch a glimpse of the bride’s (top-secret until the day) wedding dress. In fact, however, it was Meghan’s second dress choice that truly turned heads. After the ceremony, the bride changed into a silk crepe, sleeveless gown by Stella McCartney that showed off her petite frame – and it’s a style that many of us would love to have in our own collections.
This halter-neck style lets you show off your shoulders and can work well as a top in a two-piece combination when paired with a maxi dress. Of course, you needn’t stick to a white dress – purple is a very popular colour this season and will give off a chic and on-trend vibe when combined with a few understated pieces of jewellery. For more casual events, you could opt for a shorter skirt or one with a high/low hemline.
Cher certainly lived up to her reputation as a lover of all things glam when she stepped out for the Academy Awards in 1986. The iconic singer and actress presented the Best Supporting Actor award in a stunning black, jewel encrusted two-piece, complete with feathered headpiece by Bob Mackie. The figure hugging maxi skirt and grid patterned bralette was a very daring choice for the Oscars and has gone down in history as one of the most memorable celeb outfits of the last few decades.
To really capture the essence of this look, you’ll need a lot of confidence. Show off your curves by pairing a side-split skirt with a matching bralette, or opt for a maxi dress with cut out details around the midriff. You don’t have to get your own crown of feathers for this one – you can swap for a simpler piece, such as a diamante headband and add your own touch of glam with a pair of bejewelled stiletto heels.
Cher added a touch of sophistication to her outfit by adding a loose fitted jacket – you can get the same effect with a batwing kimono.
The world of fashion was collectively stunned after the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000, when Jennifer Lopez stepped out in this eye-catching, silk chiffon dress. The gown, designed by Donatella Versace, featured what is possible one of the most daring plunge necklines ever seen on a celebrity, plunging all the way down to the singer’s navel and secured with a sparkling brooch.
The press went wild for this innovative design. According to former Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, it was the most popular search query ever at the time and even led to the creation of Google Images! Noted by many as a turning point in Versace’s career, copying this iconic look is easy.
This type of flowing silhouette creates a look that is flattering on all body shapes – and you can achieve this easily with a silk chiffon dress. Asymmetric cuts are a good choice if you’re looking to add a bit of daring appeal to the outfit – and make sure that you stick with bold colours to really make yourself stand out.
Silk chiffon dresses create a flowing silhouette that looks flattering on all body shapes and sizes. Choose a style with a long hemline at the back to show off your legs. Selecting an asymmetric cut will also recreate the daring appeal of the original – and make sure you pick out a bold colour to really stand out from the crowd. Tropical prints are extremely popular this season – although animal patterns will work just as well. Long sleeves will help give this look a touch of class and elegance by balancing out the amount of skin exposed. Don’t feel as though you have to go as low at the front as J-Lo, though. While a plunge neckline will certainly add a touch of glamour to an outfit, you can get the same effect with a simple v-neck by enhancing your dress with key pieces of statement jewellery and a pair of high heels.
We’ve never forgotten the 2001 American Music Awards for Britney’s amazing denim dress. Back when Britney and Justin were the most famous celebrity couple, her every fashion moment was looked at – and this is one of the most iconic of them all. Styles like a ball gown, Britney’s floor length, sleeveless dress featured a metallic detailed belt and a fitted bodice. If denim is your thing or you just love alternative takes on celeb outfits, why not try out the high street version.
You can tone down the formality of this look by choosing a shirt-style dress or pinafore in light blue denim. A waist belt will pull you in for a curvaceous figure outline. Get the look on your next big night out by opting for a fitted, mini style that can be paired with a good pair of stiletto heels, or go for a shift dress in black denim with thinner straps to achieve a blend of high fashion denim style and low-maintenance.