As a style lover, there’s nothing I love more than seeing who wore what at the Met Gala. It’s one of the most important fashion-related event of the year, and celebs flock to the Big Apple to show off the fiercest looks they can fathom. Some play to the year’s theme by the book, while others team up with beloved designers to create something standout and unique. Either way, only the bold earn praise whilst posing on the Met steps, and though I don’t have a formal event on the horizon, I definitely plan to copy some of the best looks. After scrolling through any and all photos I could find, I’ve rounded up the top Met Gala 2019 style trends you can wear right now, celebrity or not.
This year’s theme revolved around the notion of camp, so I knew stars would really go above and beyond to stand out. I was expecting ruffles, feathers, and metallics, and I have to say, I was truly impressed by how many of my faves really delivered. Camp realness was everywhere, and while you won’t catch me rocking Kendall Jenner’s orange-feathered dream dress down the street anytime soon, I’ll definitely use these over-the-top outfits as inspo when crafting everyday looks. Read on for some of the most wearable trends popularized by this year’s very unwearable Met Gala theme — and if you’re hesitant, don’t be afraid to try something new. A little camp never killed nobody, after all.
Pink Is The New Black
So, pretty much every single celeb in attendance wore pink, from Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj to Hailey Bieber to Kacey Musgraves, seen above. It was such a popular hue, in fact, that the event’s signature red carpet was even pink this year! Almost every iteration of the shade was on display, from vibrant hot pink to sweet bubblegum, so channel your inner Elle Woods and find your perfect pink dress to get the look.
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Luxe Hair Accessories
Hairstylist Justine Marjan really brought the hair accessory trend to life on Instagram, and she gave it a high-fashion update with this ponytail on the lovely Ashley Graham. She used a bevy of Gucci hair clips as well as some from her own Kitsch collab to finish off Graham’s already over-the-top look. While you might not want to drop hundreds on the Gucci ones, you can snag the exact Kitsch pieces for under $30.
Metallic Gold Moments
Gold lamé might as well be the official fabric of camp, and Awkwafina wore it well. Mindy Kaling was another personal fave that strutted her stuff in gold, and all in all, I’d say metallics were a clear crowd-pleaser for the night. If a luxe, rich gold seems too extravagant for your daily life, ease into it with an accessory or two. A metallic crossbody is the perfect stepping stone, and it looks as good with an LBD as it does with a white tee and jeans.
Red Carpet Kicks
When Serena Williams lifted up her gorgeous gown to reveal her Off-White x Nike Air Force Ones, I audibly gasped. It was so good, people. Kristin Stewart was another celeb who decided to opt for sneaks instead of heels, and I don’t blame her. Do you see how high those Met steps are? And not an escalator in sight. Their looks only inspired me further to start rocking athletic sneakers to formal affairs from here on out.
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Ruffles & Tulle
Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld are just two of the many celebs that come to mind when I think of the myriad of people who wore ruffles and tulle down the Met pink carpet. And who can blame them! A Kacey Musgraves go-to for award shows, ruffled gowns are a dreamy, elegant look, and a tulle skirt worn on the daily feels old-school Carrie Bradshaw in all the right ways.
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Emerald City Green
When major celebs like Ciara and Miley Cyrus both opt for the same color, you know it’s about to start trending in a big way. Rich emerald green was their hue of choice, and if you thought it was only for the Wicked Witch of the West, think again. The key is to pair a more casual silhouette with the formal shade, so you don’t look like you just stepped out of Oz.
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Bows on Bows
While Rachel Brosnahan and Camilla Mendes sported bows on their gorgeous gowns, it was the big black bows worn on the heads of Hailee Steinfeld and Hailey Bieber that really won me over. Talk about the easiest Met Gala trend of all! Simply grab a black bow clip or headband and toss it on for a stylish finishing touch to any outfit.
Shades of Seafoam
Emerald wasn’t the only shade of green on the carpet. Seafoam is a hot hue for summer, and I couldn’t have been more pleased to see it represented on the Met steps. Celebs like Madelaine Petsch and Alicia Keys really stood out in the pastel color, and I’d bet a festive seafoam handbag is a great way to try the trend IRL and jazz up any of your current go-to outfits.
FWIW, wearing the above seafoam green bag will also help you rock the feather trend, so it’s truly a two-for-one deal. Like I said, feathers and ruffles are quintessential camp, but I was still blown away by Kendall Jenner’s use of bright orange to amp up her ensemble. I’m definitely picking up this Loewe keychain, so I can have a little piece of Kendall’s Met Gala look with me wherever I go.
So many celebs opted for monochromatic looks, but when it came to rainbow realness, Cara Delevingne and Lupita Nyong’o Did. The. Damn. Thing. So major! I particularly loved Delevingne’s rainbow stripes, and I think they’d add a nice pop to an all-white outfit in the summer — especially in the form of a colorful braided block heel.
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