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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T Walker on

McAdam’s hair is just WRONG. I hope it is for a movie and it’s not a personal choice. Her dress also fails to show off her fantastic figure.

Graham’s dress is okay, but it is the wrong color. It practically matches her skin tone and don’t get me started on her shoes!

Witherspoon epitomizes the short dress look! She looks classy and regal in this short dress. It showcases her petite frame and her hair is divine.

jen on

Heather should “grow up” her style? Her dress is pretty classic, and she definitely has the body. I know what people mean by dressing too young, but I think a lot of people are really taking it too far…come on! The white shoes thing went out the window years ago.

Angie on

I like Rachel McAdams dress the best, with Reese’s dress next and I liked Heather’s dress the least.

Liv on

i think they all look great. they’re keeping it very nice, young and not to serious.

Katie Dewey on

I love this look…however, I also must have to comment on the shoes. The right shoes must be worn with this outfit. And I have to give props to Reese Witherspoon who looks amazing in her pumps.

mary on

Rachel McAdams is so pretty, but she oftentimes has pretty sketchy taste. That dress does nothing for her. And the pink highlights have got to go. Didn’t she get that kind of stuff out of her system in junior high?

Meg on

There were a lot of short dresses, but my favorites were longer: Katherine Heigl, America Ferrara, Jaime Pressley and Jennifer Hudson all looked Oscar-worthy, proving that the SAGs aren’t just a second rate red carpet. You can read my full best and worst dressed list here, if you’d like:

It seems like it’s been an especially good year for red carpet fashions, I can’t wait to see a lot of these younger actresses pull out all the stops for the Oscars.

rachel on

The short mini dresses are too skimpy and not that attractive looking. I like the longer and flared out gowns.

KC on

Who says you have the wear a gown? Who says!!!?? It’s not like the ladies who decided to go short are wearing denim mini’s they are wearing the shorter lengths to the appropriate and more casual awards shows. Typically the Golden Globes/SAG awards tend to be more casual (i.e. guest are seated at round tables, more reception style, food is served etc). The ladies who decided to go short all looked great.

Carolyn on

I love the floor gown traditional look but the fashion worlds always changing and if I had to walk the red carpet and had legs like those I’d want to show them!

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