Classic colors, casual hair highlight red carpet at Golden Globes

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Celebs honored Sunday at the Golden Globes sizzled on screens of all sizes with their acting chops -- and many did the same on the red carpet with their style sense, despite abnormally cool temperatures for the California crowd.

Here's the breakdown of the night's love-it, want-it and just-wanna-forget-it fashion moments.

Colors: classic, but maybe too conservative

It was predicted to be a red carpet full of color. The clairvoyant who made that call must have had a blurry crystal ball as blacks and navys and subdued blush, gold and nude tones dominated, with the occasional pop of red or mustard yellow. New mom Megan Fox and "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere oozed elegance with pale picks, as did Amy Adams in a strapless mermaid Marchesa gown she dubbed "ballet pink." But after spotting Nicole Richie in a saturated pale blue Naeem Khan, Claire Danes in a candy apple red Versace and Jessica Chastain in a seafoam blue Calvin Klein, it was a bit disappointing how many color possibilities attendees left untapped.

Silhouettes: strapless, full skirts and sleeves

Jennifer Lawrence went strapless, as did Zooey Deschanel. "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as many others. For some, such as Ms. Vergara, the choice flattered the figure. But for others, the straight-across neckline coupled with a full skirt looked more prom princess than Hollywood star (sorry, Zooey).

The long- and elbow-length sleeved selections ("The Big Bang Theory's" Mayim Bialik, Eva Longoria, Ms. Richie, Kate Hudson, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lopez and Brooke Anderson, among others) were refreshing and attractive. (Could this be the start of a red carpet sleeve resurgence or just a result of the night's chill?)

Hair: simple styles

Stars said so long to complicated up-dos in exchange for pony tails and long loosely curled locks. Sometimes this less-is-more approach can leave starlets looking like they just rolled out of bed and onto the red carpet. But styles looked deliberate and manicured rather than messy and last-minute.

Accessories: selective with statement jewelry

Pendant necklaces and dangling earrings punctuated many looks. Many let the gown get all the attention and went without necklaces or bangles all together. What other women lacked in accessories, Debra Messing of "Smash" piled on with too many chunky bracelets on both wrists.

Menswear: regal, with a jolt of color

The guys of the Golden Globes turned out in what's to be expected: black tuxes, with coordinating bow ties or straight ones. A few incorporated a dash of color, with red carpet correspondents Ryan Seacrest and Ross Mathews in gray and gold, respectively, and "Big Bang Theory" actor Johnny Galecki in blue.

Style standouts

If the Golden Globes had an honor roll, a few ladies deserve special mention. "Rock of Ages" actress Julianne Hough combined edge and elegance with her Monique Lhuillier gown. The blush color and full tulle bottom, set off with gold studded detailing on the bodice, made a statement -- without saying too much.

It takes a bold woman to pull off a bold print, but Lucy Liu was up to the task. Her periwinkle Carolina Herrera, splashed with a floral pattern, made her stand out in the sea of solids.

Nicole Kidman wowed in a slender black Alexander McQueen gown. The sheer midsection with black striped design and gold studs across the decolletage were slimming and stunning.

After a panty-less wardrobe malfunction last month, Anne Hathaway more than made up for it with a sparkling white two-piece strapless from Chanel. With her pixie cut and fair skin, it was a perfect choice for the "Les Miserables" actress.


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