What To Expect When You’re Expecting Red Carpet Fashion: Long Vs. Mid-Length Vs. Short Dresses

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What To Expect When You're Expecting Red Carpet, L.A.

Good to know that one single red carpet can take care of a long-standing premiere dilemma. What length do you wear when attending a film’s red carpet? Do you go full floor-length gown, mid-length or short, cocktail? We suppose it depends on who the star is and the reception of the film, of course, but let’s just make it easier and say that there should be some rules of thumb. And for this, we should thank the ladies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting who made these sartorial go-to’s very clear at the premiere of the film, that went down last night in L.A.

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• Don’t: Do not go full-length if you’re planning to wear a somewhat sexed-up version of a maternity gown like Jennifer Lopez. Granted it may be a Maria Lucia Hohan number, and slashed down the front, but it is not a win. That belt will make you look boxy. The sleeves will add volume. You will look awkward.

• Don’t: Do not go full-length if you’re planning to mix prints that clash horribly, like Brooklyn Decker. Considering how tall that girl is, there was a lot of fabric to screw up. Did Brooklyn really have to pick the one bad Giambattista Valli gown ever made? It looks like a flea market maxi that no one wants to buy.

• Do: Do go mid-length if you’re planning to work a silhouette and pattern like Elizabeth Banks. You can tell it’s Alexander McQueen a mile away. Perfect color — delicious burgundy — perfect fit, perfect cutwork pattern. If you can somewhat match this effort …. always wear mid-length.

• Do: Do go short, if you’re planning to go short, sparkly and sweet in Elie Saab, like Anna Kendrick has done here.

• Do: Do go sexy and semi-sheer in Valentino if you’ve got the body and the legs of Cameron Diaz.

See? Wasn’t that easy? You’re welcome!

[Photos: Splash News Online]