Like last year, I will be covering the 84th Annual Academy Awards nominations live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on January 24th. I am so excited to be returning for all of the excitement and waking up at 2AM for hair and makeup. YES! Since I had so much fun with last year's dress challenge, I am officially announcing this year's Oscar Nominations Dress Challenge. The rules are similar to last year, but here they are:
1. It is not a red carpet event. So, I am looking for a dress that is simple, classic and understated. Think of a DVF wrap dress or a Jackie O. sheath. I am short (5'3"), so I want to show off my legs versus lots of cleavage (which I don't have anyway) to give the illusion of height. I love shoes, so I want to pick something hot and sassy from my shoe wardrobe. One note from last year, even though I want a dress to show off my legs, please no so-short-I-can-see-your-hoo-ha dresses. The Oscar Nominations are a very conservative event, so I'd like to keep it that way.
2. I will be working at 5AM PT that day. I want a dress that is easy, comfortable, and not fussy. I hate pulling and tugging at my dress because I feel self-conscious.
3. I like color. It looks great on camera and adds brightness to my face since my hair is currently light blonde. Please avoid red or crazy patterns because they have a tendency to moray on camera.
4. The budget is important. Let's keep the dress under $200 and it has to be available online in sizes 2 or 4.
Last year's winner was a dress by Banana Republic in deep violet. It was perfect, comfortable, showed a little leg, and it had pockets (total bonus!). I think we should avoid the same color for this year, but you guys have a pretty good guideline this year for what I am looking for.
The Challenge: Can you help me find a dress? I know so many of you are fashionistas out there with amazing style and taste. Add the links in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter and I will post some of the best ones to vote on. (Make sure to post the exact link to the exact dress you are picking for me.) After last year's enthusiastic responses, I cannot wait to see what you guys pick for me this year. Don't forget, the winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the store of their choice. U.S. residents only, entries must be in by Wednesday, January 11th at Midnight ET. The two finalists will be announced on Monday, January 16th and the winner will be revealed on Tuesday, January 24th. On your mark...get set...SHOP!