Bold Alternatives to the Red Carpet Gown

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Bold Alternatives to the Red Carpet Gown
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While a sweeping gown almost always stuns on the red carpet, it's the bolder ensembles that get all the attention. From flirty jumpsuits to funky tights to women wearing menswear, the red carpet has seen it all. Let these bold alternatives worn on the red carpet by celebrities and fashion icons inspire your own formal wear for upcoming affairs.

Cocktail Dress
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Cocktail Dress

Instead of a long and shimmering gown, worn by many a starlet on the red carpet, actress Charlize Theron chose to wear a simple black cocktail dress. Thanks to her polished up do and matching heels, Theron looks polished, poised and refined.

Chic Suit
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Chic Suit

Actress Estella Warren proves that pants and a jacket can look just as chic as a traditional red carpet gown. Her slim fit pant accentuates her stunning silhouette while her white tee and silver sequined clutch pop against the rest of her black ensemble. If you want to emulate this look, opt for an unexpected detail, like Warren's teal-tipped heals.

Edgy Jacket
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Edgy Jacket

Like the little black dress, every woman should own a little red dress. Actress Lucia Ramos wears hers with a structured leather jacket and strappy heels for an of-the-cuff, glamor-meets-grunge vibe. Keep your hair up and out of the way, like Ramos', to show off the details of your jacket.

Funky Tights and Accessories
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Funky Tights and Accessories

It's no secret that Japanese women know how to express themselves when it comes to fashion, and DJ Kaori's personality certainly pops in this getup she wore to the MTV Video Music Aid event in Chiba, Japan. Pull off a similar look by wearing a funky headpiece and textured tights.

Layered Look
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Layered Look

Fur is all the rage and looks chic against red carpet. Here actress Garcelle Beauvais wears a tan fur vest over a bright yellow tee, black slim-fit pant and beige ankle boot. Incorporate fur into your ensemble with a clutch, shawl or shoe. For an animal-friendly ensemble, opt for high-quality faux fur.

Jeans and Sexy Top
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Jeans and Sexy Top

Though it requires a killer body to pull off a sheer top like the one actress Jessica Lucas wears here, flaunt it if you've got it. She looks sexy, but refined, in her sheer teal blouse and long pant. If you're wearing a sheer top, balance your outfit out by keeping everything else modest.

Classic Trench
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Classic Trench

Who knew that a classic gabardine trench could blend in so well on the red carpet? Kimberly Davis wears hers with a black pant and funky heel. Add a bit of character to the traditional look with an unexpected accessory, like Davis' bow-shaped belt.

Splashes of Color
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Splashes of Color

A colorful ensemble like Daisy Lowe's pencil skirt and cropped, long-sleeve top doesn't go unnoticed. Lowe chose a funky pattern and unexpected color combinations, but you can always tame this look down to meet your preferences. For example, a classic black pencil skirt with a colorful top is an equally stunning look.

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