The Oscars are always a good moment to enjoy a bit of people watching – well, A-listers-in-elaborate-gowns-watching anyway. Every year we scroll through the latest looks, sending screen grabs to our friends and passing judgement on the best looks. Red carpet top trumps, if you will. More often than not, the elaborate couture creations that grace the awards are not exactly pieces that can transfer into our everyday lives. However as celebrities experiment with more directional looks and more and more weddings stipulate “black tie” as the dress code, suddenly it doesn’t feel so irrelevant after all.
So, this year we decided to keep an eagle eye on the looks coming down the red carpet and take note of the black tie dresses that will inspire our formal-wear in 2023. Thankfully, we weren’t short of ideas, with both the awards show and the after party providing more than enough inspiration. There were four themes in particular that stood out this year: corsages, the not-quite-naked dress, scarlet red and the classic black maxi.
Got a black tie ’do coming up this year? Scrabbling to find an outfit for a more formal wedding? Worry not, we have got you covered. Scroll down to see and shop the Oscar-worthy looks that are inspiring our event-wear this year.