Written by: Anne Gavin
Outlander Fans all over the world squealed with delight (rather loudly!) when the Series recently received three Golden Globe nominations. That includes one for its gorgeous leading lady, Caitriona Balfe. Now, that got me to thinking…Major Award Show, Hollywood Foreign Press, Network Television coverage, Celebrities, Red Carpet plus…OUTLANDER! Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! It’s this Outlander fan’s wet dream — combining my favorite Television Show with my love of Fashion and all things Style. So, to fully complete my fantasy, I am going to play Stylist for the Day and make some suggestions for what Caitriona could wear for the Big Night. Here we go…
Every Outlander fan has to admit to having just a little bit of a girl crush on Caitriona Balfe. And, let’s not forget to mention the envy we all feel about her tall, statuesque, Victoria-Secret-Model body. As I have often said, the girl could wear a paper bag and look good. What a dream to dress her. So, you notice I titled this post, “What Caitriona could wear.” That’s because I am not a professional stylist and who am I to tell her what she SHOULD wear, really? But, having observed a little of Cait’s personal style as well as some of her hits and misses on the Red Carpet, and being a slave to fashion and style myself, I am going to pretend I’ve been asked to style her for the Golden Globes. So, you can agree or disagree, but take this in the spirit in which it is provided (yes, I am talking to you, Caitriots!) and let’s see what we could dress our beautiful Cait in so she’s a stand-out on the Red Carpet come January 10th.
Pop It with Color
Caitriona is very fond of black. She’s worn black to a number of Red Carpets including this Gareth Pugh velvet column gown to the Edinburgh Film Festival this past summer. And, you may recall seeing Cait with Sam on the Red Carpet at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards in this short, black Valentino dress.
Cait also loves a jumpsuit. She wore a beautiful black Bottega Veneta sleeveless jumpsuit to the LA PaleyFest in March. It’s hard to go wrong in black, really. But, this is the Golden Globes — a real Hollywood glamour, legendary kind of night. Not quite as staid as the Academy Awards but the ladies usually do it up with long gowns and lots of color. And, Cait has shown she can handle color and handle it well. Consider her Solace London bright yellow/gold gown at the SAG Awards in 2015. Or, who can forget the sleek purple and black Roland Mouret gown Cait wore to the Outlander Mid-Season Premiere in New York City in April.
Frankly, with Cait’s fair skin (especially after spending the last several months filming in gloomy, vitamin D-less Scotland) I think Cait needs some color for the Carpet in Los Angeles. So, first up, how about a nod to her Irish heritage and a pretty, emerald green gown. Here are my picks for an homage to Cait’s Emerald Isle.
|Photo courtesy: Alexis Mabille|
|Chanel dress courtesy: Glamuor|
|Elie Saab 2015|
Or, maybe an elegant, flowy, cobalt blue gown. However, I would swap out the gold belt for a bejeweled belt/sash instead and add some amazing earrings…
I also love this simple, yet elegant navy with gold embellishments McQueen gown.
Keep it Simple but…
There is also Cait’s personal style to consider. Cait seems to like simple, not overly embellished and not overtly sexy (i.e. not showing a lot of skin) gowns/dresses. I’ve always been impressed that Cait hasn’t succumbed to the pressure many older actresses feel (“older” being a relative term) of trying to dress younger or sexier. Cait is who she is. She is a classy, naturally beautiful, elegant, mature woman who knows herself. It’s another reason we Fan Girls love her so much. So, there will be no JLo style dresses or need for double stick tape, as much as I love a good Zuhair Murad gown! Here are my picks for a few simple numbers reflective of Cait’s Red Carpet style to date but with a little something extra.
|Elie Saab Fall 2015|
|Elie Saab 2015|
Stepping Outside the Box
Now, maybe Cait is feeling like the Globes can be a fashion break-out moment for her, Maybe she doesn’t want to play it safe. As a good personal stylist, I would have sat down with Cait and asked her about the look she wanted to achieve on the Globes Carpet. If she told me to push the envelope a little, I might recommend this stunning Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015 Couture dress. It would definitely be a nod to Paris and Outlander Season 2 and would look amazing on Caitriona, not to mention a great conversation starter on the Red Carpet to talk about what to expect from the costumes in Season 2. Definitely off beat, not a safe choice and more skin then she is used to showing but Cait could pull it off!
|Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015|
I might also suggest this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown — one of Princess Kate’s favorite designers. The gown is quirky but sophisticated and the color is TO-DIE.
Or, if Cait were to buck color, she could go Black with an Edge. This beautiful Valentino would be perfect for Cait. It has the high neck she favors but the sparkle worthy of a major Hollywood Red Carpet.
|Valentino Fall 2015|
Or, this shimmery, yet flowing, Oscar de la Renta.
|Oscar de la Renta 2016|
Both of these black gowns combined with Caitriona’s signature Red Lip would SLAY the Carpet and the critics.
Or, Cait could go for an unusual and colorful print.
|Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2015|
Personally, I LOVE this dramatic red Pucci. Again, a little quirky but Cait could work it.
|Emilio Pucci Fall 2015|
And, I could absolutely see Cait wearing this dress, too. Gorgeous color and detail, high neck and the structured collar that we sometimes see Cait wear.
|Georges Hobeika Fall-Winter 2014-15|
I mentioned some Red Carpet misses earlier. If I am being honest, I’ll admit there have been some fit problems in a couple of Cait’s earlier choices. As I said, Cait loves a jumpsuit and has been spotted in several over the past year. But, jumpsuits can be unforgiving and need to be perfectly fit or all kinds of things can go wrong. Fashion Bloggers and Authors of the “Fabulous & Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life & Style” Tom + Lorenzo have been brutal at times about Cait’s Red Carpet looks. But, I can tell you, it comes from a place of love. They adore the Outlander Series (often doing re-caps on their Blog) and largely root for Sam and Cait and their Red Carpet fashion choices. But, they have not generally looked too kindly on Cait and her Red Carpet style. They vote for the simple sheath, not overly done and think Cait should stick with that. I agree for the most part but I think Cait has some room to grow style-wise, especially at a high wattage event like the Golden Globes.
Regardless of what any fashion critic has to say about our beloved Cait or what she wears, I just know she’ll look beautiful and we will all be whooping and hollering from our couches when she KILLS IT on the Red Carpet on January 10th. And, who knows…maybe she’ll wear the best fashion accessory there could ever be — Sam Heughan — on her arm. The King of Arm Candy and so much more! Go Cait! We’ll be watching!
Tune into NBC for the Golden Globes on January 10th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT. Red Carpet Coverage begin on the E! Channel (check local listings) at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
Which dress do you think Caitriona should wear to the Golden Globes and why?