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Let’s be honest: Our favorite Academy Awards activities are not red-carpet star-gazing, or even listening to those heartfelt speeches — although both can be wildly entertaining. Truth? Our one true love, when it comes to the whirlwind awards season, is the non-stop party-hopping that comes with it (can you blame us?). And when it comes to the upcoming evening of Oscar, every seasoned vet knows that it’s all about bringing your A+ game — and being ridiculously over-prepared.
So, to alleviate some of the pressure (and confusion) that may come with a "cocktail attire"-specified soirée, we’ve rounded up 20 of the sleekest party picks. Trust us, the last thing you want is to trot into a fête looking slap-dashed and underdressed. From sky-high Charlotte Olympias to a dazzling Lanvin pantsuit, see the unique items that will transform you into the belle of the Oscars-themed ball.
The Lanvin show was last on yesterday's Paris Fashion Week lineup, and it took a strong second wind for us to strut our jet-lagged selves up to the venue (in the dark, in heels, on cobblestone). We could see the crowd forming from down the block, and it was mostly lookers on attempting to glimpse the front row read
Here's a shopping truth: Finding bras that are both supportive and stylish is trickier when your breasts are a DD cup or higher. Seeing that as a challenge rather than a sad fact of life, we went straight to the bra-fit experts at Panache, ThirdLove, Wacoal, and Eveden to find the most comfortable, flattering, and read