While the differences are not always visible, Golden Globe fashion does have its own unique style that continues to set it apart from other award shows, including their “big sister” – the Oscars.
History of Golden Globe Fashion
When the Golden Globes started in 1944, it was a much smaller and more intimate version of the Oscars and didn’t attract much attention. Even the nominees tended not to attend, as there wasn’t enough publicity to make it worth the studio’s effort. However, as the Oscars grew from a dinner ceremony to the giant movie event we know today, the Golden Globes were seen as a warmer, more intimate evening where everyone could relax and have a good time. And the outfits reflected that attitude. Women could be a little livelier and bolder in their sartorial choices. This remains true today.
Fashion Forward Night
Of course, whatever is happening in the world has an impact on the choices when choosing Golden Globe fashion. The national mood is a particular consideration. However, the Globes, thanks to their more casual and fun attitude (which in itself is often thanks to the abundance of champagne on offer), are often considered a fashion-forward event.
Almost from the moment you know the words “red” and “carpet”, you know what’s involved when the two are used together. Nothing but the best is involved. However, while some red carpet events demand glamor and elegance and high-end sophistication, the nature of the Golden Globes traditionally allows for some experimentation and even a little fun. Women can try a long cocktail dress, for example, or even something shorter. Young up-and-coming actresses can try something a little more edgy if it suits their style and personality. While some fashion experts may not give it top marks, it’s still a great place to try to develop a certain style and unique flair that will make for a lot of excited anticipation on the red carpet in the future.
Of course, whenever people are allowed to try to have fun with fashion or explore a particular look, it can go wrong. Most actresses use stylists to try to avoid serious mistakes, but that doesn’t prevent red carpet mishaps at any event. Golden Globe fashion used to be notorious for some of its wild looks, but this is no longer the case now. However, actresses still have a lot of things they have to pay attention to and often don’t.
Find a Flattering Fit
Since actresses are under pressure to look glamorous, which is often equated with “sexy”, many want to accentuate their cleavage at red carpet events. However, there are two things that tend to be forgotten and can help you in your quest to dress in a similar style. One: sexy can quickly become overdone and fall into the “inappropriate” category and two: the need to have the right fit, especially in a strapless dress. You don’t want to look like you’re being squeezed from below, with everything overflowing. (Yes, the event is called “Golden Globes” but who wants to invite an obvious joke?) It is also not desirable to overdo it. The best looks start with a good foundation, and there’s nothing wrong with getting a well-fitting bra.
Permission to be edgy can also sometimes slip into inappropriateness with excess flesh. A 1930s-style backless dress can be very elegant, but if the skirt is split to the hips, it risks looking tacky. Actresses often have great bodies and understandably want to show them off, but awards shows are not clubbing events.
Age Appropriate Fashion
Finally, there is the question of age-appropriateness. This one is often tricky, especially for older actresses who are under pressure not to age. Helen Mirren consistently manages to look beautiful and glamorous and appropriate. Women of all ages should consider taking a cue from her style book.