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Oscar’s Best Dressed
Originally posted on Black America Web:
There are a lot of stories written about actress Halle Berry, whose next movie “The Call,” is in theaters soon, but one that doesn’t get enough attention is her style. Not only does Halle Berry represent the fly over 40-crowd, she also rocks a uniquely individual style that is very different from most of her peers. Though she’s been associated with top Hollywood stylists like Deb Waknin, Berry seems more often than not to style herself, wearing looks that reflect her own bohemian sensibilities. But any aspiring fashionista can learn from Halle’s style both on the red carpet and off. Here’s how to get your Halle on.
FIND A SIGNATURE LOOK
The most recognizable part of Berry’s look is her short hair. The 46-year-old actress has worn a short cut with different variations for most of her career. The cut, whether its worn spiky, pixied or artfully cut the way it is now, has inspired imitators who never seem to pull it off as fly as she does. No one in Hollywood wears short hair better. For Black women, the cut is proof that you don’t have to have tons of hair, whether you’re weaved, permed, wigged or natural, to look good. All you have to have is a hairstyle that works for you.
DRESS FOR YOUR BODY
Another staple of Berry’s look is her ability to dress for her body type. The slim 5’5″ actress doesn’t wear anything that overpowers her. Most of her clothes on the red carpet or not are fitted or artfully draped, flattering her proportions. On the red carpet, she favors fitted gowns and sexy dresses with an edge. Her Oscar-winning dress by Elie Saab was sleeveless with a sheer front panel and ballgown skirt, showing off her toned upper body and flat stomach. For this year’s Oscars, she wore a body-flattering metallic dress inspired by her role as a Bond girl, custom made by Donatella Versace. Off the red carpet, Berry favors skinny jeans, subtle colors and casual but sexy looks that never seem too contrived. Berry’s biggest style secret: a perfect fit in both casual and red carpet looks, probably due to a stellar tailor on call.