This awards season, all fashion rules have gone out the window. The red carpets at the Golden Globes, Grammys, and the Critics Choice Awards typically demand couture gowns and sleek tuxedos, but this year’s semi-virtual affairs—where stars appear either in-person or via Zoom—have resulted in more relaxed dress codes. Some stars have continued on with the full-glamour of course, like Zendaya in Valentino at Critics Choice, but others have opted for more casual pieces, such as sleek PJs, tie-dye hoodies, or even wacky Hawaiian shirts. And why shouldn’t they? For a five-minute cameo from their living rooms, a full, head-to-toe look seems like a lot of work for minimal payoff (though we do love the commitment from those who do it).
The forthcoming Oscars in April, however, are set to put an end to all that. This week, Oscars producers sent an email to this year’s nominees detailing the event, calling it a, “safe, carefree evening at an intimate, in-person event at Union Station in Los Angeles, with additional elements live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.” After outlining the COVID-safe procedures all attending nominees will have to take, including multiple tests, the producers added that stars will not be able to Zoom in for the show and must attend in-person—and if they do so, they can’t show up in jeans, either.
The official Oscars dress code this year was described as, “a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational, which in actual words means formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.” In other words, expect glamour—gowns, suits, and all. It’s still unclear whether an official red carpet is happening or not, but considering this new glamorous requirement, stars will likely be posting a lot of backyard photoshoots as a means to show off their final looks. Rest in peace, evening pajamas—you’ve had a good, long run.