Celebrity Smart Casual Looks At Oscars Nominees Lunch

Between the Oscars nominations announcement on 24 January and the date of the awards on 26 February, the nominees’ schedule is packed. Not only do they have hours of dress fittings to ensure that they look the best they’ve ever looked on the Oscars red carpet and even more hours of doing interviews with worldwide media, but there’s a traditional Oscars lunch held at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hilton.

This is a chance for the celebs to have a relaxed chat to some of the other nominees and celebrate the fact they’re nominated. And it’s a chance for us to see how the celebs do smart casual. As it’s a lunch, they don’t have to wear formal red carpet dresses but they still have to look glamorous. It’s great inspiration for us if we have weddings, business lunches or the races to dress up for soon.

Let’s have a closer look at the stars who best pulled off the smart daywear dress code:

Emma Stone

She wins award after award for her role in La La Land and Emma Stone is feeling confident right now. It takes guts to be brave enough to wear a jumpsuit during the day but that means the rewards are greater when you pull it off like Emma’s done. The cropped wide legs of the black jumpsuit mean that it’s really on trend and also keep it more cool than a more fitted jumpsuit. The one shoulder detail adds an extra edge and shows off her personality and she gets away with it as she’s wearing the jumpsuit rather than it wearing her. It just shows if you like a jumpsuit, then it is possible to pull one off for day – just pick the style well.

Naomie Harris

It’s so great to see a British actress up for an award and even better when they consistently look fabulous at Oscars events. It’s her first ever Oscars nomination for her role in Moonlight, and she has obviously got a top stylist on board because she’s looked amazing ever since she was nominated. In this beige midi dress. she looks smart but also feminine, which is a difficult combination to master. Wearing her hair down helps as does soft ‘no make-up’ make-up and of course, the barely-there sandals add an extra pretty edge.

Michelle Williams

With her cropped platinum blonde bob and pink mini dress, Michelle looks like something out of the swinging 60s. She’s nominated for her role in the dark, gritty drama Manchester by the Sea, so she goes the opppsite way when she’s not working and looks bright and pretty and girly. A slightly vintage look always turns heads on the red carpet as it’s that little bit different and Michelle wears it well.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole has been doing the awards ceremony circuit for her role in LION and she’s been Oscar nominated before – she knows exactly what she’s doing. In her long sleeve white dress, she looks super smart. Without the belt, this may look a bit dowdy but it enhances her slim waist and makes her look feminine rather than frumpy. The gold sandals are a pretty addition – she’s made the dress her own and she looks sleek and super sophisticated.

Natalie Portman

There’s a buzz that Natalie’s going to win Best Actress for her role in Jackie as she portrays the former President’s wife’s emotions beautifully in the film centred around the fortnight after JFK’s assassination. Even though she’s heavily pregnant, she’s still putting an effort in to look groomed and gorgeous. Maternity fashion has vastly improved these days as us ladies deserve nights out even when we’re expecting.

Ruth Negga

The Irish actress has a nod for her role in Loving about inter-racial relationships back in the 60s. It’s a film with a serious message but Ruth looks fresh and pretty in a yellow top and a gorgeous faux-leather skirt. Wearing a two-piece rather than a dress can be more flattering as the skirt cinches in at the waist and flares out at the bottom to give her a lovely hourglass shape. If she dresses this well by day, I can’t wait to see what she wears for the main Oscars ceremony!

Whose smart causal outfit did you like the most? Remember these ideas for the races or spring weddings!

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7th February 2017
Written by Zoe Griffin