Fashion: How to adapt awards season trends to suit your wardrobe – and budget

Take inspiration from these winning red carpet looks. Katie Wright reveals how.

Sosandar Black Embroidered Kimono, £59; Black Wide Leg Trousers, £49, available from Sosandar
Katie Wright (PA)

THE recent Oscars marked the culmination of awards season – and what a season it's been, not least in terms of fashion.

With the advent of the Time's Up movement, actors banded together at some ceremonies and wore black to show solidarity with victims of abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry.

All in all, the 'Big Five' awards dos gave us heaps of occasionwear inspiration – so here's a look back at the major trends from each night, and how to adapt them for your next big bash.

1. Golden Globes

As the first major Hollywood award ceremony in the calendar, the Golden Globes were where stars began their fashion activism, with stars including Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Kerry Washington choosing black gowns. How do you wear all-black for evening without looking, well, a bit boring? Take your cue from the A-list by choosing a dress with an interesting silhouette (one-shoulder styles were a big hit at the Globes), or metallic detailing on the bodice.

:: Vera Mont Abendkleid Shale Grey Dress, £350, Betty Barclay

:: Little Mistress Outrageous Fortune Black Stud Dress, £32

2. Grammys

Check tailoring is a massive trend for spring, and you can find lots of stylish double breasted suits on the high street at the moment. Wear with a lace body top like Anna Kendrick did with her Balmain two-piece, or try an embroidered blazer like Janelle Monae in her Dolce & Gabbana number.

:: Dorothy Perkins Check Suit Jacket, £38, and matching Trousers, £22; Blue Bounce Heeled Sandals, currently reduced to £18.75 from £25 (suit available in April)

:: Sosandar Black Embroidered Kimono, £59, and Black Wide Leg Trousers, £49

3. Baftas

It was all about power dressing and strong silhouettes at the Baftas – full skirts and sumptuous draping add drama to monochrome gowns.

:: Chi Chi Jailan Dress, currently reduced to £39 from £68, and Kendall Heels, currently reduced to £20 from £27.99

:: Adrianna Papell One Shoulder Lace Jersey Dress, £170, John Lewis

4. Brits

A pastel palette dominated at the Brits, where singers like Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Camila Cabello lived up to the pop princess epithet in voluminous ice-blue and candy-floss pink dresses.

:: Keepsake Tiered Frill Maxi Dress, £150, House of Fraser (available mid March)

:: Lipsy Bella Multiway Maxi Dress in Dusky Rose, £78, Next

5. Oscars

Rounding off the season in very chic fashion, the most stunning gowns at the Oscars came in either brilliant white (Laura Dern and Margot Robbie chose chic column dresses) or molten metallic fabrics (Jennifer Lawrence's figure-hugging number was best in show).

:: AQAQ Joan Asymmetric Mini Dress, currently reduced to £81 from £135

:: Debut Sequined Dress, £99, Debenhams (in store in May)

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