Delayed Reactions: Best Dressed at the 2014 Emmy Awards

So, this post comes a week late. I’ve been so exhausted after work lately that I’ve been rather lax when it comes to this blog. But better late than never. Here are my 12 favorite looks from this year’s awards, along with my snarky observations and useless knowledge.

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CLAIRE DANES in GIVENCHY (via Hollywood Life),
KERRY WASHINGTON in head-to-toe PRADA (via Hollywood Life),
JANUARY JONES in PRABAL GURUNG (via Buzzfeed)

For some reason, I always get January Jones and Claire Danes confused, and now their red dresses have only made me double-take even more. I love both dresses, but Claire wins in a fashion-face off, mainly because of her fabulous hair (January, what in the world are your bangs doing?! They look like straw).

I was a bit on the fence about Kerry Washington’s ensemble. I love the Olivia-Pope-approved nod to Prada, but the silver sparkles on the dress make it look like something a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant would wear. However, I soon hopped off the fence because I think the random black panel is beautifully edgy, and Kerry’s hair and makeup are divine.

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NATALIE DORMER in J. MENDEL (via Buzzfeed)
TEYONAH PARRIS in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed),
SARAH HYLAND in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed)

Look at all the fun color blocking! Also, nobody is more shocked than me that Sarah Hyland ended up on my best dressed list. She looks like a complete fashion trainwreck on Instagram, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how chic she looked on the red carpet.

Teyonah Parris (a.k.a. Dawn, Don Draper’s secretary on “Mad Men”) looks fabulous in this neon dress, and her whole look is so drastically different than her 60’s style on the show that I didn’t even recognize her at first!

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KIERNAN SHIPKA in ANTONIO BERARDI (via Buzzfeed),
KATE WALSH in STEPHANE ROLLAND COUTURE (via Hollywood Life),
MICHELLE DOCKERY in ROSIE ASSOULIN (via Yahoo!)

Some of the more unique looks on the carpet. Kiernan Shipka is one of my fashion icons – and she’s only 15 years old! She is so poised and fashion-forward, and despite starring on a show like “Mad Men” for so many years, she seems to be so grounded (in other words, the complete opposite of somebody like Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan). #GirlCrush

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LIZZY CAPLAN in DONNA KARAN ATELIER (via Yahoo!)
MELISSA McCARTHY in (via Buzzfeed)
LENA HEADEY in RUBIN SINGER (via Buzzfeed)

Janice Ian from “Mean Girls” sure does clean up nice! Lizzy Caplan’s dress was probably my second favorite look of the night (after Kiernan Shipka’s). The white train was an awesome touch. Also, this is the best Melissa McCarthy has ever looked. This gothic-looking ball gown is too pretty!

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5 TV Characters’ Wardrobes I Wish I Could Steal

1. Jess Day (New Girl)

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The quirky twenty-something (thirty-something?) wears her polka dots, bows, and dresses loudly and proudly. Her outfits are whimsical, but still demure enough that you could wear them to work. I love that she wears bold colors and funny patterns, and mixes super girly elements (like the aforementioned bows) with more tailored pieces (like tailored shorts or a crisp button-down). I guess I’m not the only one infatuated with Jess’s wardrobe; there are quite a few blogs devoted to it (including Dress Like New Girl, What Was Jess Wearing?, and What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?).

2. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Claire Underwood is probably one of the most morally-corrupt and ice-cold characters on TV. However, her wardrobe is to die for. She’s notorious for wearing high-end designers like Zac Posen, Gucci, and L’Wren Scott, but she occasionally busts out some Reiss and Banana Republic numbers. The only downside to Claire’s closet is that all her outfits are in neutral colors: black, white, gray, blue. A different pop of color wouldn’t hurt, Claire!

3. Rachel Zane (Suits)

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Rachel Zane knows how rock a pencil skirt at work. She also knows how to dress it down when she’s at home (love that cable knit sweater!). And look how polished she is when she sits for the LSAT (bottom right photo)! Stunning.

4. Abby Whelan (Scandal)

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For the first two seasons of Scandal, Abby’s clothes were pretty drab. But now she’s in love with David Rosen, and it appears that her life and wardrobe are looking up. She’s ditched the oversized sweaters and replaced them with wrap dresses, funky printed pieces (Diane Von Furstenberg), and leather jackets.

5. Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Betty has to come in last place mainly because some of her outfits would look a bit crazy anywhere other than a 1960s themed party. That being said, a lot of the cocktail dresses, fitted capris, and coats Betty wears (at least in the first season or two – forgive me, but I’ve just started watching the show) would actually be quite fashionable even today. They are rather reminiscent of the Jess Day’s outfits, now that I think about it.