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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Ellie on

Charla, I completely agree with you! Height shouldn’t matter in the fashion world! I really want to try out for America’s Next Top Model, but there height requirement is 5’7″ minimum (I’m 5’2″ at the moment but still growing). Anyways, it makes me feel better that Reese can look so good & she’s so petite :)
As for the dresses, I loooove Reese’s & Heather’s, but Rachel’s is too short for an awards ceremony, and what is up with her pink hair?!? However, I would only go short at the Globes/SAGS, not the Oscars!
Also, Reese seems to love short dresses: she wore short for the Globes and SAGs in 2006 as well.

Kristen on

Well, those three ladies right there look fabolous to me.
a mini-dress can either complement the short, to make you taller looking, or for the tall, emphasizes on your long lovely legs.

jenb on

i think they look sexy and hot i would wear those to a data if i had one!!!

Tayme on

All three of these ladies are gorgeous. I just love Reese Witherspoon and her fashion choices. I actually love Heather Graham’s dress. Rachel McAdams is young and beautiful and she’s gonna go in that direction. I love her dress and the pattern. If that was me wearing the dress, I would of made it go right at the knee or above it a little, but she looks very cute. Not too fond of the pink in her hair, but it’s just the SAG Awards. Awards like the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and the Critics Choice, are meant to be somewhat casual shows, so the ladies who wear the cocktail like dresses look beautiful, because in my opinion they suit the Award show of that night. I think the long flowing gowns are most beautiful at the Oscars. Some of the dresses are impecable (sp?). Reese is my favorite dresser at award events. I love her fashion choices. She goes soft, sweet, sexy and looks elegant as well, and she’s not boring.

Charla Dickenson on

Hi Ellie,

Thanks for your comments. I agree with your thoughts. Rachel Mcadams is great, but her look wasn’t really working. I realy liked Reese’s yellow dress at the Golden Globes and I thought it was an appropriate event, like the SAG’s, for short and long dresses. I also think the Oscars is definitely an event where long formal gowns are more appropriate.

I really think it is wrong for the height requirement at America’s next top model to be 5’7″. 5’2″ is a lovely feminine height. Tyra herself has learnt a thing or two recently about how wrong physical standards are. So many women proove everyday that height is not required to model clothes beautifully.

However tall you end up don’t ever give up on what you want in life. Women do not need to be taller, it’s the fashion industry that needs to be more open. Hopefully someday some strong and confident women will come along and help change those unecessary standards. I wish you all the best, and good luck in pursuing your goals and dreams.

The fashion industry needs to change, women don’t.

Take Care

me on

I absolute love Reese Witherspoon’s dress. Somehow, she always manages to look perfect, no matter what style of dress she’s wearing.

marie on

they look nice in those dresses, but they should dress more lorgic as in dress to kill if they have good figure it shoul much their dressing cod.

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