Golden Globes 2016: 10 Party Dresses to Inspire Your Bridal Looks

Golden Globes After Party Dresses

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If you're a bride-to-be, there's a big chance you've been dreaming of your wedding gown for decades. But let's not forget about the importance of all your pre-wedding looks! In this day and age of social media, the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and after party dresses are just as important as the one. If it's on Instagram it better be a hit!

Awards season is the perfect time to gather a little style inspiration. With so many frocks to choose from—there are seriously a ton of shades and silhouettes—it's hard for even the fashion-minded woman to know where to start. As they say, after the show, it's the after party! A major trend on the Golden Globes red carpet, white gowns were all over the after party circuit. From sultry front slits to dazzling metallics, here are our favorite numbers.

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes

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Jennifer Lopez in Roland Mouret
With her new NBC TV show, Shades of Blue gaining critical acclaim, Jennifer Lopez headed to the network's Golden Globes After Party with Universal, Focus Features and E! Entertainment. After a daring pop of color at the main event's red carpet, Lopez was white hot for the fête in a Roland Mouret gown with a sculpted bodice and front slit: the kind of unabashed glamour you want for your rehearsal dinner along with a great practice dress for your big day. It's actually on sale now if you want to do a complete J.Lo double take, though we'd suggest activating your purchasing finger now as it will sell out in lightning speed after Jenny's endorsement.

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Gabrielle Union in Giulietta
Your rehearsal dinner sets the tone for your big day and if your style is on the sultrier side, you'll definitely want to take a cue from Gabrielle Union's dress. Her black and white Giulietta stunner featured a deep v-neckline and thigh-high slit: a classic yet beautiful spin on the timeless LWD. You can also add some flair with a crystal headpiece like Union's—completely fitting for a queen which is a title you get to own all throughout the wedding process.

Lea Michele Golden Globes

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Lea Michele in Michael Kors
Simplicity wins time and time again—as demonstrated by Lea Michele. Perhaps you want to slip out of your frothy wedding gown for something more sleek when it's time to party? This Michael Kors gown is the key to looking like a tall glass of milk: a very good thing might we add. Drop earrings and a classic middle part continued the refinement and sophistication.

Selena Gomez J. Mendel Golden Globes

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Selena Gomez in J. Mendel
An ethereal pleated off-the-shoulder gown will always be timeless. Case in point, Selena Gomez's J. Mendel number at the InStyle and Warner Bros. celebration. If elegance is on the agenda for your engagement party look, but you want to show a bit of décolletage, this goddess look is for you. And you won't need much in the hair and makeup department: side-swept waves and dewy skin will suffice.

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Katharine McPhee in Badgley Mischka
Few do a party dress better than Badgley Misckha. We'd actually suggest donning a gown by the design duo for your after party if you can. Katharine McPhee's show-stopping number from the brand was equal parts frock and jewelry box, boasting a crystal-encrusted necklace. The cutout detailing showed a flash of skin and nipped in her waist—a fantastic rehearsal dinner piece as you essentially will not have to worry about any baubles for the evening. You can get more wear out of it after you're back from your honeymoon by shortening the length to midi and we'd suggest a sleek chignon or ponytail to let the dress's head-turning front play centerstage.

See More: 2016 Golden Globes: The Red Carpet Looks of Our Favorite Brides-to-Be

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Jamie Chung in KaufmanFranco
Newlywed Jamie Chung went for neutrals after a colorful showing at the Golden Globes. Her black and white KaufmanFranco halter gown channeled the grace and charm that should be present at your rehearsal dinner: drama with the long length but comfort with the flowing silhouette. The leather waistband gave a modern touch to the look, as did her playful headband.

Golden Globes Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke in Dolce & Gabbana
Florals are so much fun and can be worn year-round: perfect for all your wedding parties as they happen over the course of a number of months and a couple of different seasons. The amorous print is one of Dolce & Gabbana's signatures and they've shown that the blooming pattern can work for the red carpet in a world full of solid hues. Emilia Clarke demonstrated the power of roses at the HBO post-Globes shindig in an embroidered tulle dress hitting right at the ankle—retro in the best sense of the word. This is a shoo-in as far as engagement party looks go and and totally va-va voom in our opinion.

Golden Globes Caitriona Balfe Outlander

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She may play a time traveler stuck in 1700s Scotland on TV, but Outlander star Caitriona Balfe was all things modern and architectural when she hit the Golden Globes after party circuit. Though she didn't take home the statue in the Best Actress in a TV Series Drama category, she takes the prize for most statuesque in her cut out Alexander Wang column gown.

Odette Annable Golden Globes

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Odette Annable
Nothing is more feminine and flirty than lace. Odette Annable slipped on a LWD boasting the delicate fabric: a number that also boasted a peplum bodice, cap sleeves, sheer panels for a flash of skin, and an ankle-length. The hand-crafted feel of this dress echoes the right vibe for your engagement party: something about it feels vintage and special which is a great way to embark on your life together with your spouse-to-be.

Golden Globes 2016 Kylie Jenner

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Kylie Jenner
Your after party is the time to let loose and also go a bit sexier than you did for your wedding look. The perfect way to do that is with a crop top and few have done a more glamorous spin on the trend than Kylie Jenner. At the InStyle and Warner Bros. celebration, she slipped on a long-sleeve illusion top baring her midriff with a high-waist full skirt: total princess chic and a completely flattering look no matter your body type. You may want to keep your wedding hair intact, but if not, you can always sweep everything up into an easy topknot like Kylie—that way your hair won't be in your face when you're dancing the night away.

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