Meryl Streep in bright pink? Viola Davis in a yowza yellow?
If Jaimie Hilfiger had her way, the over 40 Oscar lovelies would avoid basic black at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
The niece of primo designer Tommy Hilfiger, model and fashion insider says that midlifer nominees should celebrate the new trend of hot colors.
"I think we'll see vibrant colors on the red carpet including red, orange, hot pink, yellow and emerald greens.
"You have to be able to pull off a certain color, but it works if it compliments your skin tone."
She says that over 40 women don't have to just opt for basic black.
"I'd hate to see someone like Viola Davis in basic black. I'd definitely like to see her push the envelope a little bit.
"She has such beautiful skin that a hot pink or yellow would be gorgeous on her," Hilfiger says. "She would also look amazing with a hot pink lip."
"I definitely don't want to see her in black," Hilfiger says. "She's an Oscar frontrunner and should wear something special."
JAIMIE'S PICKS FOR MERYL STREEP AND GLENN CLOSE
"These women are Hollywood legends. I see Meryl and Glenn in designer gowns by Vivienne Westwood or Givenchy.
"These women should wear very high end names even if they want to play it safe with the style of the dress. I do see those ladies playing it safe," Hilfiger says.
"Meryl has been nominated again. She has been at these award shows for 30 years. We know she likes a sleeve and even a high collar. I'm predicting she will wear black."
And what about Meryl's good friend Glenn Close?
"I see Glenn in black as well," Hilfiger says. "But she would look gorgeous in red or even maroon.
"I think a little color is better than black," she says.
AND ALSO HELEN MIRREN
Ask Jaimie which midlifer always shines on the red carpet and she points to one of our favorites at Style Goes Strong.
"Helen Mirren is absolutely gorgeous," Hilfiger says. "She will even try a daring, plunging neckline.
"She is still age appropriate, but doesn't ignore the fact that women of all ages can dress sexy," she says.
SHOWING SOME SKIN OVER 40?
"Showing skin definitely depends on your body type," Hilfiger says. "A lot of women over 40 tend to cover up their arms a lot or wear a three-quarter sleeve including Oprah and Meryl.
"I think it's actually beautiful to show a little shoulder at every age," Hilfiger says.
"Kyra Sedgwick showed shoulder at the SAG awards in a beautiful red number and everyone said that she looked stunning," she says.
"Most of the over 40 women in Hollywood are in amazing shape, so it's nice for them to show a little skin," she says. "You can always do a little slit that skims the knee, too, which is a sexy look at every age."
IF YOU HAVE A FEW EXTRA POUNDS
Hilfiger says the key is to get second opinions. "Ladies like Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy have been doing a great job on the red carpet.
"You should opt for a gorgeous color like a beautiful lavender gown," Hilfiger says. "Also, it's helpful for to get a stylist's opinion or a trusted friend. You don't want to be walking the red carpet and showing things you'd rather not show.
"Sometimes the wrong sleeve can make your arms look bigger," she says. "And there's always Spanx!"
RED CARPET MISTAKES
What are the mistakes women make on the carpet?
"I huge mistake is when I see them looking like they're going to the prom," Hilfiger says. "Usually this happens when you wear the wrong pastel strapless gown with a tulle skirt or a big taffeta train."
"Oscars also aren't the place for a big ball gown that has to be scrunched into the seat," she says. "It's time for sleek, cutting edge, high fashion."
"Too much crazy jewelry is bad. But too little jewelry is also a 'no no,'" she says. "I saw a woman on the carpet once with no jewels on and thought, 'This is Hollywood! You can borrow the jewels.'
Another big no-no is no enough upstairs to keep a strapless dress up.
"Make sure your strapless dress fits," Hilfiger improves. "You don't need to be yanking it up all night."
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