At this time of year, browsing through glossy magazines packed with pictures of glam celebrities on the red carpet can often be a disheartening affair. With an abundance of gorgeous female celebrities styling their designer (and unaffordable) garments at the BAFTAs and Cannes, magazine readers are swooning with jealousy.
Even with a flair for fashion and a love of designer glamour, the measly remnants of the last student loan instalment frequently means little room for Hollywood glitz.
So whilst Cartier jewels and towering Louboutins may be off the cards for the moment (dream graduate job impending…), red-carpet style is achievable on a student budget. With graduation celebrations currently occurring and the regular 21st summer birthday invitation arriving on the doormat, Life&Style provide a guide for achieving the red carpet glamour with a tighter budget.
Check out the high-street equivalent of these celebrity trends and rock a summer wardrobe Hollywood would be proud of.
20s Glamour: With Baz Lurhman’s hotly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby set to be released later this year, sequins, delicate fabrics and flapper dresses have frequented the red carpet of late. The best Daisy Buchannan-wannabe accolade going to model Irina Shayk whose embellished mini-dress turned heads at Cannes Film Festival. This River Island beauty offers a similar style at a fraction of the price and also comes in nude; perfect for those summer celebrations when the sun does decide to emerge.
Pop Colour From Kim Kardashian to Made In Chelsea star, Gabriella Ellis, colour blocking has also been a staple of the red carpet season. Topshop’s yellow beaded bodycon dress (£65) not only ticks the neon colour-blocking trend but also adds extra glamour with its figure-enhancing embellishment. But, at only £29.99, H&M’s gorgeous aqua coloured peplum dress steals the rainbow hued show. Sophisticated enough for summer weddings and family gatherings yet fitted and sexy enough for nights out, the dress is versatile, fresh and even includes a nod towards another major summer trend: the peplum.
Splits and Cut Outs: The maxi dress has long been a summer staple; cool, effortless and long enough to hide a multitude of sins, it provides an easy way to nail sunshine chic. However, since those infamous photographs of Jolie’s endless legs peaking out of her black maxi dress as she posed for photographers at the Oscars, this summer’s maxis have taken a decidedly more revealing turn. This red Angelina-esque replica from ASOS provides an affordable take on the trend (Maxi Dress with Split, £25). For those less inclined to show-off those winter-worn legs, Miss Selfridge’s Black Cutout Maxi Dress (£28) offers an alternative way to flash a bit of summer skin without the threat of revealing all in a gust of wind. Just be weary of a few awkwardly placed tan lines!
Written by Rebecca Francis