High WASPs like navy blue best of all. We like it on the flag, we like it on sailors, we like it on business suits.
So we like it on movie stars. Consistency.
To last night’s Oscar ceremonies, Marisa Tomei wore a 1950s dress by Charles James, via Lily et Cie, vintage purveyors to the stars. In navy. The exaggerated sweetheart neckline with the little extra space in the bosom? We think it’s charming.
Amy Adams wore navy L’Wren Scott. Sequins, mind you, but navy nonethless. And tee shirt simplicity appeals mightily to Sturdy Gals everywhere.
That sound of polite but enthusiastic clapping you hear? Yeah. High WASPs across the world. The accompanying whisper of, “Great dress Amy, but what’s with the necklace?” Everyone. We might think that a multiple-strand pearl and diamond bracelet would have been so, you know, appropriate. Good-looking, even. If it belonged to her grandmother, we’ll shush.
On the other hand, since the woman behind Amy in this alternate image seems to be wearing 72 hot pink tulle petticoats, and they may even belong to the tall man in the black jacket, we should probably assume our etiquette principles apply better in other venues.