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Your Guide to Look Grammy Ready Without Breaking the Bank

The Grammys have always been a time for red carpet prowess. The event has given us iconic outfits such as J-Lo’s green Versace dress and Lady Gaga’s Armani space dress.

The fashion of the 2018 Grammys this past Sunday seemed to be much more subdued. However, the looks were not boring. Stars used their fashion choices to make powerful statements in a fashion-forward way, such as showing support for the Me Too and Time’s Up movements.

But you don’t have to be a celebrity to rock these empowering outfits. Many of this year’s Grammy fashions can easily be recreated without spending a fortune.

Look #1: Menswear-inspired

Anna Kendrick in Balmain at Grammys 2018. The glen plaid blazer and trousers are from Forever 21. The black lace bustier from is from Windsor. Pink pumps can be purchased from Charlotte Russe.

Anna Kendrick stunned in a gorgeous Balmain glen plaid pantsuit. She paired the classy look with an edgy black lace bustier top. This powerful look truly stood out and encompassed the values of the Time’s Up movement and the women’s empowerment theme of the night. The pantsuit trend was very popular on the red carpet. Adding a feminine touch to a menswear-inspired look added additional support for gender equality.

Her ensemble can be easily recreated with a glen plaid blazer and matching trousers from Forever 21. A black bustier top from Windsor and light pink pumps from Charlotte Russe will complete the look for a fraction of the cost.

Look #2: Feminine meets rock-n-roll

Hailee Steinfeld worked the red carpet while wearing Alexandre Vauthier head to toe. Her crisp, white dress was beautifully offset by her knee-high metallic violet boots and bold blue smoky eye. She flawlessly blended classic Hollywood glamor with touches of rock n’ roll elements. This embraced the daring fashion sense of the Grammys in a tasteful way.

This rocker-chic look can be duplicated with a pair of Steve Madden thigh-high violet boots and a gorgeous yet affordable white dress from ASOS, complete with a thigh split.

Hailee Steinfeld in an Alexandre Vauthier gown and boots. The off-the-shoulder white dress can be purchased at ASOS and the violet thigh-high boots are by Steve Madden.

Look #3: Pretty, yet powerful

Beyoncé kept her Grammy presence very low-key by not walking the red carpet before the show. Her outfit however was nothing of the sort. She dressed to make a statement and looked flawless while doing so. She turned heads in a gorgeous black, cold-shoulder Nicolas Jebran gown, a black beret-style hat, skinny framed sunglasses, and drop diamond earrings from Lorraine Schwartz. Her fashion choices were a tribute to the Black Panther Party.

A basic mock neck bodycon dress from ASOS paired with affordable accessories from Forever 21 will leave you feeling like Queen Bey herself.

Beyoncé in Nicolas Jebran. The dress is from ASOS and all accessories are from Forever 21.

Music’s biggest night made use of its uncharacteristically staid fashions to make huge statements on the red carpet. These looks can easily be recreated and prove that it is possible to look like a million bucks without spending nearly that much.

Bridget Havens, '20

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