Hollywood’s biggest names always break out their best looks at the Oscars, and this year’s awards show was no exception. The glamorous—and sometimes daring—ensembles looked right at home on the red carpet, but they’d also look stunning strutting down the aisle at your wedding. If you’re hosting a formal black-tie affair, the red carpet is an excellent place to pull inspiration for your bridal party’s outfit.
When searching for red carpet-inspired bridesmaids dresses, you might consider options that feature similar details in construction to a celebrity’s gown, such as the hemline, neckline, sleeve style, and length. Or, you might take inspiration from broader aspects of a dress, like the color or the silhouette. To help you pick your bridal party’s perfect aesthetic, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Oscars red carpet looks and found their bridal party-worthy counterparts—from sleek maxi dresses to whimsical ball gowns and bright, unexpected long-sleeve designs.
Read on for the best bridesmaids dresses inspired by the 2023 Oscars red carpet.
For Something Classic and Chic
NBD Dream Gown
Buy it: $188, Revolve.com
Vanessa Hudgens kept it simple and chic in a classic black and white number, which would be perfect for any black-tie event. We love this NBD Dream Gown alternative for its fitted and flattering silhouette that features a sexy high slit. Have your bridesmaids style this with a slicked-back ballerina bun like Hudgens for an ultra-elegant finish.
Size Range: XXS-XL | Materials: Rayon, Nylon, Spandex| Shipping: Free 2-day shipping
For Something Bold and Bright
ASOS Satin Maxi Dress With Batwing Sleeve and Wrap Waist
Buy it: $105, ASOS.com
Sandra Oh stunned in a mustard yellow gown with beautiful bat-wing sleeves and drapery. This ASOS satin maxi dress offers the same wow-factor, without being too over the top (so your wedding dress can still be the star of the show). The high-neck, mustard yellow hue, subtle bat-wing sleeves, and tie-waist design make this dress the perfect choice for a black-tie wedding in the fall.
Size Range: 0-14 | Materials: Polyester, Spandex| Shipping: Free standard shipping
For a Princess-Like Bridal Party
Alamour Jolie Dress
Buy it: $312, Alamourthelabel.com
Halle Bailey, Disney’s newest live-action princess, took our breath away in a powder blue ball gown. This tiered tulle number by Alamour offers a royal-worthy, yet understated take on “The Little Mermaid” star’s red carpet style. This would look gorgeous alongside an embellished bridal ball gown for a fairytale-like ceremony.
Size Range: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Shipping: Free Express shipping on orders $250.00+
For Unexpected Yet Elegant Details
Katie May Amina Gown
Buy it: $315, Revolve.com
Laverne Cox stepped out in a show-stopping custom Vera Wang gown. Our favorite part? The draped shoulder train, which can also be found in this Katie May dress featuring an exaggerated scarf-like detail. Paired with an open back and a high slit, we can picture this for bridesmaids at a formal summer wedding by the beach.
Size Range: XS-L | Materials: Polyester | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping
For a Romantic Black-Tie Affair
Mac Duggal One-Shoulder Satin Asymmetric Gown
Saks Fifth Avenue
Buy it: $498, Saksfifthavenue.com
Supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne made our jaws drop in this extravagant red, one-shoulder ball gown. Go for a subtler version that’s wedding-appropriate (but just as beautiful) with this satin Mac Duggal asymmetric gown. The ruffled hemline, flattering waistline, and elegant shoulder detail would be perfect for a chic city venue.
Size Range: 0-20 | Materials: Polyester | Shipping: Free standard shipping with code FREESHIP
For a Traditional Black-Tie Ceremony
Vera Wang Bride Diane Sleeveless Fit & Flare Gown
Saks Fifth Avenue
Buy it: $495, Saksfifthavenue.com
To say Danai Gurira did the red carpet right would be an understatement. Take inspiration from her classic black ball gown that looks effortlessly chic. We love this Vera Wang dress that features a plunging scoop back, dainty spaghetti straps, and a square neckline The best part: it has pockets!
Size Range: 2-18 | Materials: Polyester | Shipping: Free standard shipping with code FREESHIP
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