Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Severe Hairstyles, Crop Tops & Nude Dresses

02/22/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Anna Paquin, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica ChastainByron Purvis/AdMedia/Splash News Online

With the Oscars a mere two days away, we’ve got red carpet attire on the brain. And if star style continues as it has been for the past week, we’ll be seeing be lots of stiff hairstyles — and possibly a few midriff sightings! — on Hollywood’s biggest night. And surprisingly, we’re betting to see fewer nude dresses than ever before. Here’s why:

Up: Slicked-Back Hair. Have certain stars been borrowing their boyfriends’ hair gel? Anna Paquin, Emmy Rossum and Jennifer Lawrence all have sported severe, almost wet-looking hairdos, a major departure from the soft waves that ordinarily dominate the red carpet.

Up: Crop Tops. A few weeks ago it was all about shrunken sweaters, and now stars are trying belly-baring tops of every kind: long-sleeve, short-sleeve and even tanks. Vanessa Hudgens, Nicole Richie and Brooklyn Decker all flashed their toned tummies this week. This would definitely be a daring style for any star to try at the Academy Awards, but after seeing racy sheer gowns and backless dresses in the past, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the abs’ time to shine.

Down: Nude Dresses. Skin-tone gowns were everywhere at the Golden Globes, but since then, the barely-there shade has been simmering on the back burner. In fact, Jessica Chastain (in ballet-inspired Dior) was one of the only stars this week to step out in a nude dress. We’re hoping stars keep things interesting, ditching the sometimes-yawn-inducing hue for more bold, head-turning colors.

For more on which trends to follow check out our thoughts on navyplatforms and polka dots.

Tell us: Which trend do you hope to see at the Oscars? Vote in our poll below! 

–Jennifer Cress

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