Best Dressed at the Emmy’s: The Recessionista’s Looks for Less

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Pictured: Tina Fey on the Red Carpet at the Emmy’s strikes the pose. (photo: People StyleWatch)

Yesterday was a great display of beautiful gowns and fabulous jewelry.  Two weeks ahead of New York Fashion Week’s Los Angeles was the hottest ticket in town for a big fashion preview.  I love how fashion has become such a huge part of these awards shows.  And we get a front row, free seat at home in our living rooms via network TV.

So People StyleWatch was kind enough to share some great pictures from yesterday’s festivities with me. Their photographers were in the best spot, to give us all the best view.   And it is so good to know, that they agree with most of my top fashion pic.  First up, check out the very gorgeous brainiac Tina Fey in her Oscar de la Renta.  In the words of Rachael Zoe, she is shutting it down! 🙂 Black Lace over nude is very in this fall, and you can easily replicate Tina’s look with this reasonably priced FX dress from $79.00.

Pictured: You can replicate Tina’s look with FX’s slimming black lace nude mesh slimming cap sleeve dress. (photo: FX)

Next up, what about Claire Danes? First she gave an amazing performance as Temple Grandin, and then she turned up on the Red Carpet looking like a nouveau Grace Kelly in a bronze Armani Privé gown encrusted with Swarovski drop crystals and iridescent sequin beading. The gown was simply stunning.  I gasped when I saw it.

Pictured: Claire Danes on the Red Carpet at the Emmys (Photo Credit: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

It’s not possible to replicate such an exquisite Armani Prive gown, but it you like beading and sequins on gowns, then consider a few more lower-priced, “blingy” looks.
I like the French Connection “Spicey Sequins” dress sold at Bloomingdales and New Look’s short sequin dress.

Pictured: My top pick to channel a little of Claire’s Emmy look, a strapless French Connection dress. (photo from Bloomingdales.com)
Pictured: New Look has a very affordable sequin dress for under $50.00 US. (photo from NewLook.com)

What did you think readers? Any favorite looks that I should be looking for cheap and chic matches for? Who was your favorite at the awards? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

1 Comment

  1. Danielle

    August 31, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Tina Fey was my favorite dress of the night. I absolutely loved it. Like the look you picked for less. Beautiful!