It’s finally time to marvel over some of the best-dressed stars at the 2021 Oscars. Even after months of quarantining, our favorite actors and actresses still know exactly what red carpet fashion is all about. This year’s outfits genuinely raised the bar, making it an absolute pleasure to compile a list of the best looks.

 

Viola Davis

 

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This custom Alexander McQueen snow-white gown, comprised of a laser-cut bodice and flowing skirt, looked breathtaking on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress Viola Davis. She never disappoints when it comes to the red carpet!

 

Maria Bakalova

 

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The breakout talent from the comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm said she had one word in mind for her Oscars look: “princess.” Bakalova achieved just that with this gorgeous Louis Vuitton gown. Nothing says “princess” like layers upon layers of tulle.

 

Carey Mulligan

 

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Promising Young Woman star, Carey Mulligan, arrived on the red carpet dripping in gold sequins, wearing a Valentino bandeau and dramatic skirt. Now, this is how you make a statement at the Oscars!

 

Andra Day

 

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Our jaws fell to the ground when we set our eyes on Andra Day. The star of The United States vs. Billie Holiday opted for sexy cutouts in this fluid gold custom Vera Wang gown made out of metal. Yes, you read that correctly. Only Andra Day could pull off this look.

 

Amanda Seyfried

 

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The star of Mank, Amanda Seyfried, epitomized Old Hollywood Glam in this rouge Armani Privé gown. The ruffles, broad silhouette, and deep neckline look stunning on Seyfried.

 

Laverne Cox

 

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We are OBSESSED with this Christian Siriano creation on Laverne Cox. This fuschia, part sheer, part tulle (over 1,000 yards according to Siriano) couture gown is full of fun experimentation, and yet oozes glamour fitting for the Oscars. Laverne Cox is a queen in this gown!



 

Regina King

 

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The butterfly-wing sleeves on this custom Louis Vuitton powder blue ensemble are the ultimate showstopper! Regina King looked breathtaking in this gown adorned with 62,000 sequins and more than 3,900 crystals. 

 

Zendaya

 

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Zendaya can do no wrong when it comes to the red carpet. I mean, what’s not to love about this sunshine yellow dress? Her flowing hair and fabric of her Valentino gown offer a more relaxed, breezy look that compliments Zendaya beautifully.

 

H.E.R

 

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The winner of Best Original Song for Fight For You featured in Judas and the Black Messiah is a vision in this cobalt blue Peter Dundas ensemble. The color, the draping, the embellishments… H.E.R looks iconic.



 

Tiara Thomas

 

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Fellow winner of Best Original Song for Fight For You, Tiara Thomas wore an all-white Jovana Louis jumpsuit with a matching blazer. This fresh, fierce ensemble adorns Tiara elegantly.

 

Angela Bassett

 

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Angela Bassett knows how to make an entrance on the red carpet. The bold red hue, wide off-shoulder organza sleeves, and thigh-high slit in her custom Alberta Ferretti gown ooze drama and glamour.

 

Halle Berry

 

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Halle Berry wowed us in this free-flowing lavender gown by Dolce & Gabbana, with a new bob hairstyle to suit. The sweetheart neckline, elaborate bow on the waist in the sumptuous color floored us.

 

Margot Robbie

 

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Margot Robbie opted for an understated look in this floral Chanel dress. The intricate silver work and straight cut offer a more delicate vibe that suits Robbie perfectly.

 

Ariana DeBose

 

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Orange has never looked this good! The West Side Story and Hamilton actress, Ariana DeBose, made her debut at the Oscars in a breath-taking one-shoulder Versace dress. It was a wonderful opportunity for stylist duo Zadrian + Sarah to show off their talent. The cutouts, leg slit, and tropical orange color truly made the dress stand out in the crowd.

 

Laura Pausini

We love a classic off-the-shoulder black dress and Laura Pausini gave us just that. This elegant Valentino number was the perfect red-carpet look for an artist performing at The Academy Awards. Pausini performed Io Si/Seen from The Life Ahead with Dianne Warren for The Oscars pre-show and it had to be one of the highlights of the event.



 

Yuh-Jung Youn

 

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Minari took the film world by storm and so did Yuh-Jung Joun’s outfit. She wore a simple, yet tasteful dress by Egyptian designer Marmar Halim. It’s a classic example of, “less is more”. At the end of the day, her shiny new Oscar award was the ideal accessory to elevate the look even more.

 

Alan Kim

 

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Alan Kim’s outfit might just be the only outfit at the Oscars that mattered. The Minari actor looked adorable in a shorts, blazer and bow-tie combo by Thom Browne. Even the slightly mismatched socks added to the look in the best way possible.

 

Yeri Han

 

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We’re a little bit obsessed with the Minari cast and their outfits, so Yeri Han had to make the list too. She wore a bright and beautiful Louis Vuitton dress that paired well with her makeup and accessories. The gold embellishments on the front of the dress are a great touch!



 

Riz Ahmed and Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

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Sound of Metal actor, Riz Ahmed, and his wife, Fatima Farheen Mirza, made their red-carpet debut at the 2021 Oscars and it was wonderful to witness. Riz opted for a blue and black Prada tuxedo and Fatima turned heads in a caped Valentino gown with heels.

 

Daniel Kaluuya

 

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Daniel Kaluuya took home a well-deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Judas and the Black Messiah. Fortunately, he did it in a great outfit too. The British actor rocked a black double-breasted Bottega Venetta suit with a Cartier diamond necklace.

 

Sacha Baron Cohen

 

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Who would have thought that English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen would have one of the best menswear looks at the Oscars? To be fair, you can’t really go wrong with a classic Ralph Lauren suit. He definitely made the right choice for the event.

Nobody can deny that there was some great red carpet looks at the 2021 Oscars. This year, we saw plenty of show-stopping gold outfits paying homage to the Oscars statue itself. We also can’t forget all the wonderful midriff-baring dresses, monochrome colors, and fitted suits. It was everything we needed and more. We can’t wait for next year!

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  • Rebecca Azad

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