Zoe Saldana looked gorgeous in a violet vision by Givenchy! But if you–like me–have neither the occasion nor the budget to strut your stuff in Oscar-calibur gowns, there are still some inspirational fashion lessons to glean from the masters of glam who create them! I’ve asked the stylists to select their favorite dresses from Hollywood’s biggest night and offer some suggestions for ‘dressing down’ the winning looks for everyday wear!

– Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of the same color! Just make sure the hues are obviously different; that way it won’t look like you were trying to go matchy-matchy. With so many, easily discernible hues, purple is the perfect color for tone-on-tone looks that don’t appear washed out!

-Keeping darker shades concentrated in the lower half of your outfit will anchor your look and brighten your complexion!

-Your Mariah boots offer a very literal translation of the gown’s billowing ruffles, but you can hint at movement with metallic details, pleats, and even frayed denim!

– The section where the bodice meets the skirt is a clear source of intrigue. Look for pieces that juxtapose shiny details, like sequins, with matte finishes, like jersey and denim.

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