Red Carpet Trendwatch: Short Dresses at the SAGs

01/29/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

Usually when you talk about red carpet fashion, “gown” is the operative word — long, sweeping, floor-grazing gowns. But this year, there have been more frocks, party dresses and even minidresses on the red carpet than ever before! It started at the Globes with Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Renee Zellweger all wearing dresses just below-the knee. But at the SAGs, the hemlines crept up even more. From Rachel McAdams’s super-short white trapeze to Heather Graham’s gilded Oscar de la Renta to Reese’s sexy sparkling sheath, there were more than a few stars showing off their well-toned legs on the red carpet. As with any style, some were successful, while others stumbled (Heather: if you can describe them as “stripper shoes,” leave them at home). Tell us: What do you think of short dresses on the red carpet? Are they fresh-looking or inappropriate?

See all the SAG behind-the-scenes and after-party fun at our Red Carpet special!

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KT fr Cda on

Find me old fashion, but I think that the long flowing gowns are better for this type of event. Just me. I don’t care for either of these dresses. I did not like Heather’s shoes at all. I did like Reese’s hair. It was plain, but simple but not for this type of event. If I was going to an event like this, I’d be dressed all glam like. Just me. I did like some of the dresses this time around. I didn’t care for most of the outfits at the globes. Best: Anne Hathaway. Worst: Mariska Hargaty (was that feathers from the knee down??), Eva (washed out grey), Ellen Pompeo (channeling the 60?) and there where others. I liked Chandra’s speech from Grey’s and Hugh’s speech from House. I’ve never watched the globes or the sag’s b4. Shocking, I know! It just seemed that who ever won for best actress/actor or best supporting actor/actress at the globes won at the sag’s too. Is it always like that? I loved the tribute to Julie Andrews. She is one of my fav musical actress’s. She did look nice too. Anyways, this is just my opinion. I’m not into fashion like you all are. But, I do know what I like and don’t like.

C on

I love shorter party dresses and think they are certainly appropriate for an awards show as long as they are no shorter than just above the knee, like Reese Witherspoon’s dress. She looked great. Any length shorter than that is too casual looking.

ritameyers on

I felt very little coverage of sarah jessica parker. She looked wonderfu.

Celestina on

I think they look really great on the red carpet. But I wouldn’t wear a short dress to Oscars. I think short dresses look really nice on red carpet BUT it would look inappropriate in Oscars. I love Rachel’s dress :]

zoe on

i think they’re alright if the dress is ummmm more along the lines of reese’s. hers is a great length and style…rachel mcadams’ dress is a wee bit too short and inappropriate i would think for a classy event, and heather grams just looks like a trashy semi formal dress…so yes, if you wear the dress right, then go for it…

KP on

HOT! They all look beautiful to me.

j on

i prefer longer gowns. i think joy bryant, jamie-lyn siegler, vanessa williams, and helen mirren looked GORGEOUS last night!!!!!!!


Call the Fashion Police….white shoes before Easter is a fashion NO NO….Personally they all look like they are going to a summer party rather then an awards show. They need to dress the part. TO CASUAL.

BC on

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the short dresses!

Kristin on

The fashiopn police say white is OK. No longer a fashion faux pau.

Everyone looked great!

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