With all the Oscar buzz in the air, you might not have noticed that the leading ladies of the silver screen were honored in a major way last week at Elle‘s annual Women in Television Celebration. Even at this relatively less formal industry event — consider this the BFF brunch of award season — the honorees were still dressed to the nines. The sartorial vibe as a whole was polished yet cool. Think: classic cocktail silhouettes with fashion-forward details, the kind of attire that you’d suit up in for the onslaught of warmer weather weddings and spring holidays. Scroll through to see some of the best looks from the bash, along with six spring style takeaways from your favorite TV stars.
1. Welcome to the Jungle: Last season’s moody, ’90s-inspired floral prints have wilted in the wake of bigger, bolder buds that go far beyond adding a feminine touch to clothes, like the mondo petals on Cougar Town actress Busy Philipps and the blooms embroidered on the dress of Girls star and creator Lena Dunham. Get in a Clover Canyon state of mind and look for all-over, vivid print. Basically, if it doesn’t look like a wearable garden, you’re doing it wrong. (Photos via Michael Buckner/Getty)
2. White Out: We’ve already seen winter white take over more than one red carpet this awards season, and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland and Vikings‘ Alyssa Sutherland continue the clean streak with all white everything. The trend is far from precious: even when it comes in a girly-girl silhouette, you don’t get a “wedding day” feel at all. Our favorite head-to-toe white pieces come from Missguided, where much like these starlets’ get ups, dresses are fractured by cutouts and illusion panels and shoes + accessories are sleek and streamlined, even a little vampy. (Photos by Jason Merritt/Getty)
3. Bedrock Prints: Your favorite geometric prints from last year (angled anything, remember?) have taken a noticeably softer turn. Rizzoli & Isles star Sasha Alexander and Togetherness actress Amanda Peet show off the Pebble-like shapes on their spring-ready sundresses — a lot like the kind we saw and swooned over from Dusen Dusen all 2014 long. Think of it as a more whimsical animal print to help steer you in a more dressy direction, though either of these frocks would play well with sneakers and a denim jacket too. (Photos via Michael Buckner/Getty)
4. Sparkle Party: S.H.I.E.L.D. star Elizabeth Henstridge and How to Get Away With Murder actress Aja Naomi King make a pretty stellar case for re-wearing your glitzy NYE garb this spring. Glittering soft pastel and neutral hued-garments — all given the spring treatment with a bright pop-of-color lip — don’t feel a bit over the top. LOFT carries a variety of punchy embellished garments that translate rather effortlessly from the bar to the boardroom — consider them a part of your next-level basics or a way to refresh your more formal flair. (Photo via Michael Buckner/Michael Kovac/Getty)
5. Shoulder Slivers: Gone are the days when shopping for a cutout dress meant that you were destined to flash your midriff (or more). Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and Friends With Better Lives actress Zoe Lister Jones show that just a sliver of skin at your shoulders, a part of our body we’re used to baring, can be just as sexy (and — it’s a big and — make the dress impossibly easy to wear). Besides breathing new life into necklines, the shoulder cutouts add a sculptural element to the dress that keeps it feeling trendy. You should have no trouble finding twins from on-the-pulse stores like ASOS. (Photos via Jason Merritt/Michael Buckner/Getty)
6. Not-So-Basic Shapes: Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham show off the hands-down riskiest stylings at the Elle event — dresses that don’t play by the rules. While the base silhouettes are fairly traditional — both frocks are long(ish)-sleeved sheath dresses with relatively modest hemlines — the embellishments and placement of the embellishments transform the pieces into It Girl amazingness, the kind of eye-catching styles that are really a dime a dozen at Nasty Gal. (Photos via Jason Merritt/Michael Buckner/Getty)
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