PHOTOS: The 8 Biggest Trends On The Oscar Red Carpet

Here’s the thing about the red carpet at the Oscars: Because it’s the most important award show there is, people look there more than any other place for inspiration when it comes time to get all dolled up. So if you see something on the red carpet more than a few times — even if it’s just a dress with one shoulder — you should probably pay attention.

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And what did we see this year? Everyone from Michelle Williams (who stunned us in Louis Vuitton) to Octavia Spencer (who blinded us with a sparkly white number from Tadashi Shoji) brought a different element of dressing to the carpet. But collectively, we found out that it pays to dress like the statue you want to win — Meryl Streep donned a dress the same color as her award for Best Actress — and that you can’t sew enough little gemstones to your gown.

The red carpet saw white dresses on everyone from Li Bingbing to Rooney Mara, and lots of dresses whose backs were more interesting than their fronts (you can thank Maya Rudolph and Sandra Bullock for those). But if you ask us, the number of dresses with long sleeves on Jennifer Lopez and Shailene Woodley, and playful peplums (hat tip to stylist Louise Roe) were the most interesting — and the most fun to imagine on people who aren’t up to win their industry’s biggest honor. Take a look at some of the trends from the Oscars below, and tell us how — or if — you want to work them into your wardrobe.

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