How to September 26 2012

You’ve got the dress, now to complete the look. What standout accouterments are turning heads on the Emmy’s and AFL Brownlow red carpet this week?

The accessories. An outfit isn’t complete without a few key accessories. Though often impractical, clutches are a must for the red carpet, especially those of the gilded, Swarovski encrusted variety. Think big and bold cocktail jewellery to match your jewel tone dress, like Christina Hendrick’s theatrical Lorraine Schwartz earrings. If understated elegance if what you’re after, opt for sleek diamond droplets like the ones worn by Jessica Pare or Emilia Clarke at the Emmy’s.

The shoes. A classic peep-toe heel adds that extra element of elegance, or opt for a heavier pump, like Ariel Winter’s silver-grey Brian Atwoods at the Emmy’s. We also love the super sexy metallic Casadei ankle-strap sandals we caught peeking out from under Jena Malone’s Emmy’s frock.

The pose. We’ve been flipping through images of Cat Deeley at the Emmy’s and Jerri Hewitt who are among those who know how to achieve the perfect pose. Always turn partially sideways, placing your weight on your back foot. Hold your arms slightly away from your body, for example, by resting your hand on your hip. Then pull shoulders back, chest forward, suck it in and smile! The look away trick will ease your facial muscles and have you looking fresh, not frozen.

The hairdo. Don’t always say yes to the up-do. As Chantala Garn demonstrated with her elaborate bird’s nest hairstyle at the Brownlow, an over the top up-do can make you look like you stepped right out of your Year 10 formal. Instead, take cues from Claire Danes at the Emmy’s with her soft, touchable waves. Rebecca Judd’s low-sitting ponytail is also an elegant option.