Simple solutions for the red carpet

If Goldilocks were trying on dresses for the red carpet, she would probably proclaim the looks for the Oscars too haute, the Globes too bold but the Emmys just right.

“At the Emmy Awards, we see real, believable fashion,” says Tim Gunn, host of Bravo’s “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.” “The Academy Awards is like a Paris couture show, but at the Emmys, onlookers can remark, ‘I can wear that.'”

“Entertainment Tonight’s” style guru Steven Cojocaru echoes the sentiment: “The Emmys vibe is fresh, soft and light.”

On Sept. 16, fashion experts predict shades of gray along with bold colors. “Think tango oranges, deep fuchsia pinks and Kelly greens,” Cojocaru says.

Form-fitting dresses will also be hitting the red carpet. “We will see a reduction in volume,” celebrity stylist Robert Verdi says. “It will be a lot of gowns that kind of kiss the body.”

But before slipping on a dress, ladies should heed this warning from Cojocaru: “Keep it simple, simple, simple. Less is always more.”

Men should follow the advice of L.A.-based stylist and co-owner of Decades Two, Cameron Silver: “When getting ready, just ask yourself one important question: ‘What would Cary Grant do?’ “

As for what the night will truly bring, only the stars know. But as Gunn puts it, “All the high-end labels walk the red carpet at the Emmys, and one merely hopes that the right dress is on the right star.”

Tina Fey
“With a comedian, the fashion should be fun but never funny,” Verdi says. “This Jason Wu dress feels right for her.”

Sally Field
“Sally would look great in this Oscar de la Renta,” Cojocaru says. “It’s an amazing color that looks polished and sophisticated.”

Felicity Huffman
“She is sexy with an incredible sweetness,” Verdi says. “Valentino is a great match.”

Minnie Driver
“This Catherine Malandrino is mad chic for Minnie,” Cojocaru says.

Edie Falco
“This gown from the Christian Dior Resort 2008 collection would be my pick for her,” says Cojocaru. “It is very light and floaty and just lovely.”

America Ferrera
“I would like to see Zac Posen make her something amazing,” Silver says. “I think it would be interesting to do a rich earth-tone rust color.”

Mary-Louise Parker
“Oscar de la Renta would be great,” Verdi says. “The sophisticated pattern and beautiful magenta would really complement her.”

Debra Messing
“She works really well in Michael Kors, and I say if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Silver says.

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