Amy Adams' Never-Fail Red-Carpet Secret

By Stephanie Smith-Strickland September 21, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
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Long sweeping trains are a great way to make an entrance and exit. But Amy Adams has another approach to the carpet: Bring the eyes up to the face.

Case in point: the L.A. Trouble With the Curve premiere. The asymmetrical neckline of her Roksanda Ilincic gown was simple-but-beautiful. 

In recent years there's been a shift away from statement necklaces - especially with straplesses. The bare-neck trend hasn't stopped Amy, though. Focusing on statement necklines, intricate bodices and rich hues, the 38-year-old actress has created a very specific style at award shows and premieres. 

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This strategy isn't only chic. It's smart. At 5-foot-4, Amy is both petite and curvy, which is unusual for Hollywood. Though petite stars like Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman have gained untold recognition, neither one has an hourglass frame. Amy does. But unlike Sofia Vergara or Beyonce she chooses to streamline her figure with lean silhouettes that feature all of the detailing on top.

When Amy paired a dramatic Fred Leighton necklace with an intricate bodice at the 2009 Oscars some critics said the look was too much. Why couldn't the Carolina Herrera gown stand on its own, they asked. But the look reflected Amy's sensibility.

The same held true for the 2009 SAG Awards. Rocking a deep-plum strapless by Giambattista Valli she drew eyes straight to her stunning face.

For the 2011 Golden Globes she took a slightly different approach, yet the result was the same. Opting for a dramatic one-shoulder neckline, she beamed in her Marchesa frock.

Intricate hemlines go a long way towards making a lasting impression. But a beautiful bodice will rarely be forgotten.

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