FASHION TRENDS / May 31, 2024


The red carpet has always served as a source of style inspiration for many women. It’s where top designers showcase their best creations—where rules are broken and trends are born—making it the ultimate playground for any fashionista.

The best part? You don’t need to be a celebrity to recreate fashion’s most iconic moments. Red carpet styles suit various occasions, allowing you to channel A-lister energy wherever you go—whether it’s a soiree, gala, or any other event where you want to make a lasting impression.

From ‘90s looks to more contemporary styles, let’s revisit the best celebrity red carpet dresses of all time. We’ve curated a selection of red carpet-inspired dresses to shape your look and ensure you shine like the star that you are.

7 Red Carpet-Inspired Dresses to Channel Celebrity Style

Embrace your inner celebrity with these seven beautiful pieces, featuring glitter, glamor, and everything you’d ever want in a dress.

1. Long Glitter Dress with a Bejeweled Waist Band

long glitter dress with a bejeweled waist band

Get the Look: GL2504 - Glitter Crepe Long Dress w/ Jeweled Waistband

It’s been years, but we still can’t stop swooning over Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic pink dress at the Academy Awards in 1999. That structured cut, that minimalist yet oh-so-chic style—no wonder it’s considered one of the best celebrity red carpet dresses ever.

With ‘90s fashion making a comeback, why not emulate that same timeless vibe at your next event? This gown by Elizabeth K. embodies classic elegance with its clean lines and crisp crepe fabric. With its soft pink shade and specks of glitter, it offers the right amount of glamor while maintaining an unassuming allure. Meanwhile, the criss-cross back adds a playful touch, guaranteeing lingering looks long after you’ve strutted past.

Complete your red carpet-ready attire with silver jewelry, opting for a no-necklace look to stay on-trend.

Feeling a little flirty? Slip into its shorter but equally elegant counterpart, the Beaded Illusion Babydoll Dress.

2. Red Satin V-Neck Dress with a Sheer Side Detail

red satin v-neck dress with a sheer side detail

Get the Look: GL1992 - Satin V-Neck Sheer Side A-Line Long Dress


Red on the red carpet—slay or nay? We say it’s the former.

Steal the spotlight in a fiery red dress that’s as bold as you are—a choice favored by A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson. This minimalist red carpet dress idea proves that sometimes, less is more when it comes to making a statement.

With its illusion v-neckline and thigh-high slit, this red carpet-inspired dress lets you flaunt the perfect amount of skin without venturing into risqué territory. The A-line cut accentuates every curve, while the satin material makes you look effortlessly sleek.

And that mesh detailing on the sides? It isn't just stylish—it's also functional, offering greater freedom of movement, so you can dance the night away (or wave to your adoring fans, even if it’s just make-believe) with ease.

Want to turn up the glamor? Opt for its sparkly sister, the Embellished Mermaid Dress with Open Back.

3. Black Sweetheart Mermaid Dress with Ruched Back

black sweetheart mermaid dress with ruched back

Get the Look: GL3456 - Illusion Sweetheart Ruched Back Rome Jersey Mermaid Long Dress


The little black dress (LBD) has always been a red carpet mainstay, and it’s easy to see why. Understated yet statement-making, black dresses are a must-have for any formal event.

Be a vision of sophistication in this classic piece, inspired by some of the best celebrity red carpet dresses. Featuring a sweetheart neckline, this evening gown highlights your shoulders, inviting you to adorn your décolletage with your finest jewels. The corset bodice cinches your waist, ensuring a comfortable yet flattering fit, while the front slit is just begging you to recreate Angelina Jolie’s leg-pop moment.

Crafted from stretchable Rome Jersey, this red carpet attire seamlessly blends comfort with style. Get ready to feel the most fabulous, poised, and polished you’ve ever been.

4. Deep Green Beaded Trumpet Dress

deep green beaded trumpet dress

Get the Look: GL3230 - Glitter Bead Sheer Bodice Mesh Trumpet Long Dress


Who could forget JLo’s jungle green Grammys outfit, often hailed as one of the best celebrity red carpet dresses of all time? Even though it technically didn’t grace a red carpet, we're more than willing to make an exception for such an iconic moment. (Fun fact: it inspired Google to develop Image Search).

Although this number by GLS by Gloria might not be as daring, it's just as mesmerizing. This red carpet-inspired dress nails the kaleidoscope-like fusion of greens and blues reminiscent of JLo’s Versace piece. Embellished in beads that glimmer under the lights, it's a garment designed to dazzle.

Layers of mesh gracefully flare out at the bottom, forming a trumpet-like silhouette that flatters your figure. Meanwhile, the lace-up corset cinches the waist for a sculpted look. It’s the kind of dress that’ll have people stop, stare, and take notes on how to dress for a red carpet event.

5. A-Line Dress with Rhinestones

a-line dress with rhinestones

Get the Look: GL1543-Mesh Sweetheart A-Line Long Dress with Rhinestones


Channel ‘20s glamor with this sensational piece, reminiscent of Emma Stone’s Givenchy gown from the 2017 Academy Awards. Perfect for Great Gatsby-themed events, this red carpet-inspired dress is adorned with gold rhinestones that add dimension to its muted base. Each stone is meticulously placed to accentuate the dress’s mermaid silhouette, ensuring the dress flatters from every angle.

The open-back design offers a flirty flair, while the sweetheart neckline allows you to tastefully show off some skin. With its convenient zip-up closure, this dress is a breeze to slip into (and out of), catering to women who appreciate fuss-free fashion.

6. Glitter A-Line Dress with Feather-Wrist Sleeves

glitter a-line dress with feather-wrist sleeves

Get the Look: GL3041 - Feather-Wrist Embellished Glitter A-line Dress w/ Cut-Away Long Sleeves


Frills and feathers are having their moment in celebrity red carpet fashion, and we couldn't be more thrilled about it. Designed for the woman born to stand out, this feathered number boasts a soft pastel shade perfect for springtime soirees and galas.

Infuse your red carpet attire with drama in this breathtaking dress, inspired by Dakota Johnson’s outfit at the Oscars after-party in 2022. With feather details on each wrist, this dress offers hints of '60s style, all while maintaining a chic and contemporary look.

Dotted in rose-colored sequins, this sweeping gown will leave you—and everyone who lays their eyes on you—heart-eyed. And as if the sequins weren't enough, this red carpet-inspired dress is tailored from a glittery fabric, ensuring you shine even brighter. Because, let's face it, there's no such thing as too much glitter!

7. Baby Blue Mermaid Dress with Sequins

baby blue mermaid dress with sequins

Get the Look: GL3119 - Sequin Sheer Bodice Mermaid Dress w/ Side Long Mesh Layer


No roundup of the best celebrity red carpet dresses would be complete without a nod to Lupita Nyong’o’s powder-blue Prada gown.

Our version of this memorable dress comes in a similar shade of baby blue, which lends a sense of youthfulness to the ensemble. Adorned with delicate beadwork that adds texture to its soft silhouette, this red carpet-inspired dress is made for women who adore dreamy styles.

Fall in love with its sheer corset, designed to draw attention to the torso and enhance its A-line silhouette. The flowy skirt exudes an ethereal charm, making it ideal for daytime events, while the sweetheart neckline adds a touch of femininity.

To complete this red carpet attire, accessorize with silver earrings, rings, and bracelets. With beads embellishing every inch of its bodice, you may consider forgoing the necklace and letting the gown speak for itself.

Be Red Carpet-Ready with GLS Collective

At GLS Collective, we're rolling out the red carpet (pun intended) for show-stopping pieces deserving of a grand entrance. Whether you're gearing up for a gala, soirée, or romantic date night, our selection, inspired by the best celebrity red carpet dresses, will ensure you're camera-ready and shining like a star.

Shop our entire range of red carpet-ready dresses today, and explore our other articles for more style inspiration:

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