Academy Awards 2019 Best and Worst Dressed

I’ve been the worst lately and am just ignoring the blog, but let’s get back into it. What better night than Oscar night? There are some clear trends this year for the ladies: pants suits, tulle, ruffles, and metallic silver. Some ladies pulled them off a little better than others. I also love that men are getting a little more bold with all the brocade blazers out there. As always, the images are from People.

Here are my best and worst from the evening:

Best:

I can’t tell if this is white or silver, but Amy Adams really knows her look. I saw her do an interview about her style recently and she said she’s really honed in on the silhouettes and colors that work for her, and doesn’t experiment too much anymore. I agree, she knows what works.

Regina King makes this simple dress look modern and classic at the same time. White dresses were popular this year, and I think she did it really well.

I love love love that Helen Mirren wore a great color. Everyone else her age is in black and white, and here she is riding the trends, but keeping it comfortable. She could not have picked anything better.

The prize for best personification of an emoji goes to Jennifer Hudson for salsa girl. She looks like a million bucks, and I love a statement architectural ruffle like this. Again, classic but so modern.

Worst:

Emma Stone looks like she’s wearing a dinosaur mascot costume. Maybe this is too high fashion for me but I don’t like the color, the pattern, or the shoulder. Ugh.

What are we doing Sarah Paulson? This does not look flattering, comfortable, or interesting. A little too much.

I love the shoulder detail on Angela Bassett, but I think the dress is just too tight. I don’t like how there are so many creases and the leg slit look like it’s about to bust. Good effort, needs better execution.

So many women wore pants suits this year. I don’t understand the disappearing feet look here with Awkwafina. Many women wore their pant hems to the floor, and it looks weird to me. I also just don’t think this was a great look for Awkwafina- too much and weird proportions.

Henry Golding just looks too much like Mr. Peanut. A little too classic…

Best Couples:

No words.

Matching for prom night- I’m dead.

Who were your faves?

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A Dissenting Opinion

Like many ladies with an urban commute, I always have a pair of lightweight slip on shoes/sneakers so I can commute in comfort and preserve my pretty work shoes. I’ve tried a couple brands and a few styles over the years but I’ve settled on Toms Avalon shoes for a last couple years. I get a pair, wear them into the ground in about six months, then replace them.

Recently I’ve seen the hype around Allbirds and they have a slip on style comparable to my Tom’s so I decided to give them a try. While they’re lightweight and very soft, I have mixed opinions. Here’s my pro/con list:

Pro

  • lightweight
  • breathable (I got the “tree material” version)
  • machine washable
  • no break in required

Con

  • run small (they only have whole sizes so I don’t want to size up)
  • no instep support
  • upper has a lot more coverage than my Toms (my friends said they look like water shoes)
  • limited color options
  • price point- $100 (every alternative is about $50)

I think the main issue for my is the size issue. I have been a size 10 forever, and I think if I sized up to an 11 they would be huge on me and my feet would look really large. Also the lack of support is not great. I want to use them for walking, but my Toms have much better support. Lastly, if I can get Toms or Skechers that are cuter, more supportive, and $50 cheaper, I think the choice is obvious.

So the plan is that I’ll wear this pair into the ground. We’ll see how they last. Then I’ll go back to Toms or I did see a cute new version of Skechers Go Walks in the store the other day.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer…

Thoughts on the Royal Wedding

So I didn’t set a special alarm for the wedding this morning, but I will say, as soon as I got out of bed at 7:15 (that is sleeping in for me) I definitely turned it on. The thing I love about royal weddings is that there is so much pomp and circumstance with no visible drama. Everything seems to come with drama these days, and there was no shortage in the days leading up to the wedding, but the fact that the wedding was so picture perfect today made me happy. A woman became a princess today which is amazing and I’m jealous.

I also love that British weddings are so different than American weddings. There are very few occasions for really fancy daytime wear in America. The fancy pastel tea length dresses and the long mourning coats- so good.

The photos are from people.com.

Favorite Outfits

Obvi. First, the fact that he chose the all black (or dark navy, I’m not sure) uniform with ruffles. EVERYTHING. And I don’t have too much to say about her dress except it’s perfect. And frankly, that’s exactly what I expected from her. My only complaint is that both this dress and the second dress looked like she missed the second fitting after she lost the last five pounds before the wedding. She needed them taken in a little bit.

Serena was my favorite guest. I want this dress, but it’s Versace, so I don’t think I’m going to get it. I thought it was a great nod to the occasion while still being chic and flattering on her. I loved the whole look.

A lot of people thought Victoria Beckham was plain and should have smiled more. To those people I say- I’m sorry, have you ever seen Victoria Beckham before, that’s her resting face. And also, though she was wearing a dark navy, I think it was respectful for the occasion and didn’t distract from the main event- which is rule number one when attending a wedding.

I thought Kitty Spencer did a great job wearing a strong color but having the beautiful floral print to make it perfect for the occasion. In a sea of pastels, it was nice to see an alternative that was still so appropriate.

Favorite Hat

This hat was fantastic. I love the flowers that are layered under the brim. A great combination of simple but feminine.

Less Impressed

I like Oprah, I don’t think this is Oprah’s best look. It felt like Easter Sunday in America. I need more structure in the dress and a smaller hat.

I don’t like any of the outfits in the above photo. None of them are the right level formality or femininity for the event. I think they each missed the mark in a different way.

I don’t get this look. It’s Jackie O, but Jackie O would wear that to a luncheon not to a royal wedding. And the shoes are wrong. You can do better Princess Eugenie.

The Best

The second look. I mean, come on.

Oh, and pardon me while I just wear neon green to my grandson’s wedding because it’s really his day. Typical grandmother move.

Who was your best and worst dressed?