Red Carpet Trendwatch: Short Dresses at the SAGs

01/29/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

Usually when you talk about red carpet fashion, “gown” is the operative word — long, sweeping, floor-grazing gowns. But this year, there have been more frocks, party dresses and even minidresses on the red carpet than ever before! It started at the Globes with Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Renee Zellweger all wearing dresses just below-the knee. But at the SAGs, the hemlines crept up even more. From Rachel McAdams’s super-short white trapeze to Heather Graham’s gilded Oscar de la Renta to Reese’s sexy sparkling sheath, there were more than a few stars showing off their well-toned legs on the red carpet. As with any style, some were successful, while others stumbled (Heather: if you can describe them as “stripper shoes,” leave them at home). Tell us: What do you think of short dresses on the red carpet? Are they fresh-looking or inappropriate?

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mona on

I like Reese’s dress, classy and sassy, great, simple hair and makeup too (I hate big Hollywood hair-Catherine Heigle was the best example of that). Rachel’s shoes are ruining that dress, imo. I’m not hugely fond of the dress and I think she’s too pale to pull it off with blond/pink hair. She’s a lovely girl and could have looked million times better but I give her points for trying something different. Heather just looks cheap, from her hooker shoes to the cheesy flounce on this boring dress.

ak on

i can’t STAND when people say you can’t wear white before labor day. pick up a fashion magazine!!!

DP on

I like the short dress trend for shows like the People’s Choice awards that are a little more casual, but I agree that for something like to Oscars a long gown is more appropriate. Also not a fan of Rachel’s pink hair…
BC, were you at the Golden Globes? That’s so neat…

michele. on

it s the SAG awards. not the NUN awards. the more leg ,, the better.

Alejandra on

It is January, it means winter! What happened to dressing according to the seasons?

Charla Dickenson on

I love short dresses so I can’t fault people for wearing them to events, but long gowns are special and there is not a lot of opportunity to wear them. I save my short dresses for party’s and going out and I like to wear long gowns to events, you can always compromise and show some leg with a great slit in a long gown.
I really like Rachel Mcadams and like almost every woman I loved the Notebook, she is a very pretty lady. However I must say, and I really do not mean to be mean, this outfit of hers and many of her other fashion moments indicate to me that she does not really have good personal taste. Not everyone is a savy dresser. There are a million other outfits and styles that would suit her beauty much better.
They are all look lovely but the dresses aren’t really my taste, but that is just me. My favourite would be Reese’s but I would prefer the dress in a more lively colour, maybe deep purple with a more filrty hairdo.
Short or long I realy think it depends on the person, what suits them and what mood they are in. Personally I care much more about wether it actually looks good and is flattering then if it’s a gown or a short party dress. You can’t have rules about things like this, it spoils the fun. Sometimes a girl is just in the mood to show a litle leg!

jen on

I like Reese’s dress the best, and Rachel’s is okay too – although her hair could look better! She should lose the pink!!!

Susan on

I love Rachel McAdams as an actor, but I am not thrilled with this dress. She is young and has a great figure, so I don’t think a short length is necessarily bad. I just don’t like this particular dress. The best dressed (in my opinion) did have the more traditional full length gowns: Helen Mirren (stunning), Vanessa Williams (huge leap from the Globes), Cate Blanchett (another big improvement over the Globes). Can’t wait for the Oscars!

Charla Dickenson on

This picture made me think of something I would like to point out. All these women are of different heights and they all look great. I do not understand the fashion industry and their insistence on using ONLY super tall women. Look how great Reese looks and she’s a mere 5’2″, if I didn’t know better I would think she was the tallest. It’s really Heather Graham who is 5’8″. Tall women look great and elegant but so do petite women. I really wish the runways would have women of different heights, petite women always look angelic and fairylike and women of average height look so feminine. I just always thought the height requirement was so silly. It’s not something I’m passionate about but I just thought it was odd and wanted to mention it. Why doesn’t anyone in the fashion industry try to break the mold, designers think they are so unique but really they are all followers; no one has the guts to go put some so called ‘shorter’ women on the runways. (I’m just discussing height here, I know that weight is a mega issue too). My point is there is no one mold for beauty and these women show that well in terms of height. At least celebs represent women of different heights a little better than the fashion industry; even thought they are well known to lie about their height. Anyway tall, short or average celebs prove that height has nothing to do with looking fantastic in clothing. Maybe the fashion industry will get the memo sometime and change their clone world and show some actual creativity for a CHANGE(a word they may be unfarmiliar with).

michelle on

i think wearing short dresses to the sag awards is fine and the ladies look lovely in them especially rachel mcadams.
it’s not the oscars!!! they can wear whatever they want.

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