Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Textured Dresses, Side Panels & Clunky Shoes

10/11/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Diane Kruger, Jennifer Garner, Amy Poehler Splash News Online; FilmMagic;Getty

We pored over all the photos of celebs at premieres, fundraisers and parties from this week and made predictions about the two frock styles that are growing in popularity and the chunky kicks that are slowly getting replaced by a much more delicate counterpart. And in case you’re wondering, yes, these apply to off-the-carpet, casual looks too. So be sure to read on before your next shopping spree — and we promise you’ll be way ahead of the style curve.

Up: Dresses with textures: We love silk and chiffon as much as the next girl, but we have to admit that the sudden rise in frocks featuring textured material is making us want to ditch smooth fabrics in favor of ones that pack a little more punch. Diane Kruger‘s blue-and-black Chanel dress made us think of flecks of foil and Britney Spears‘s gray Halston Heritage gown had the look of dripping metal. We also wanted to reach out and touch Emma Roberts’s Armani Exchange dress, which featured an interesting raised blue print.

Up: Sexy side panels: This summer’s skin-baring cutout trend is getting a cold-weather makeover in the form of the side inset. New moms Jennifer Garner and Kristin Cavallari tried it with leather detailing, while Jordin Sparks opted for a silky fabric. Considering it’s crazy figure-flattering, we expect to see this get more and more popular not just on formal wear, but also on tops.

Down: Ultra-chunky shoes: Celebs like Amy Poehler have been clomping around the red carpet in sky-high platforms for the past few months (and we understand the appeal: all the height, none of the discomfort), but the shoe’s domination is fading. Yep, traditional single-sole stilettos in all of their uncomfortable glory are back. Invest in a pair of inserts and get on board with the trend.

Tell us: Do you plan to wear a textured dresses, side panels or single-sole stilettos? Vote below!

Want more Trend Report? Click to hear our thoughts on braidsturtlenecks and baroque prints.

–Jennifer Cress

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Samantha on

Sorry, I guess it’s a case of “you had to have been there.” That black and blue checked dress looks like a bath towel from my side of the computer screen.

Jester on

I thought the same thing, Samantha. Not a flattering dress at all. Might look good poolside in Vegas as a cover up tho’…

lilkunta on

the return of point toe stilettoes is abad idea. bunions, calluses, etc. One can wear a platform shoe without it being clunky.

Danielle on

The trent I will like to wear …..it’s the side panel outfit, because it makes you look half your size……a clever idea…….they have to work with what you have and disguise your flaws……..that’s good sense.

Karyn on

Cosigning Samantha and Jester, though I think it also has to do with the angle of the shot. If it was more head on and you could see the indents at her waist it might look less like a beach towel.

Lizzie on

JENNIFER GARNER is simply BEAUTIFUL, CLASSY & seems to be such a LOVING, GIVING, CARING, LOVING & LOVING Mommy!!

C. S. DANIEL on

Miley C. sure has left her good girl look behind. Jeez! she looks like a trainwreck………who is on drugs.

Bennsa on

The side panel dress looks dated. Looks like something some 80’s model or actress wore to some Michael Jackson concert.

That dress will never stay in fashion long because it’s just dorky. It screams old lady masquerading as street walker.

victoria on

Does anyone know what color/brand lipstick Jennifer Garner is wearing in that picture? Love it!

MAZEY on

JENNIFER GARNER CAN WEAR A PILLOW CASE ANS STILL LOOK FAB…I THINK IT’S BECAUSE SHE GETS HER TONED BODY FROM CARING AND RUNNING AFTER HER KIDS…TERRIFIC MOM

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