The Best and The Worst of the Sag Awards 2021 Fashion

If the Oscars are a lesson in haute couture and old Hollywood royalty (with a bit of risk-taking thrown in), then the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards this year were all about experimentation and crazy designs. The fashion was filled with bright colors, bold prints, and outfits that the celebrity fashionistas wouldn’t wear anywhere else. It wasn’t like the Grammys or the MTV Awards – there wasn’t a ton of glitter and sparkle. But there were so many dressed up and dressed down celebs in unique ensembles that I’m almost not sure where to begin my review of the SAG Awards 2021 fashion.

SAG Awards 2021 Fashion

As Vogue magazine put it, “This year the ceremony was virtual, but the high drama vibe remained, with stars nodding to classic cinema with their red carpet outfits, test driving new collections, and experimenting with outré looks from the comfort of their backyards.” 

I’m not sure I agree with the nods to classic cinema, so much as I do with the experimenting with outré looks! 


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Let’s begin, shall we?

SAG Awards 2021 Fashion nicole kidman

We all know Nicole Kidman takes risks on the red carpet, but she likes to look feminine and glamorous doing it. This for me is not a typical Nicole Kidman look but perhaps that’s because there is no typical Nicole Kidman look. As always, she keeps up the structured, streamlined silhouette but adds surprises like sequins and multicolor florals with this Giorgio Armani gown. Would she wear this look to the Oscars? It’s hard to say. Nevertheless, it looked good.

SAG Awards 2021 Fashion vanessa kirby

I’m not sure how I feel about this Givenchy look on British actress Vanessa Kirby. Is she going to sing at a nightclub? 

kerry washington pool SAG Awards 2021 Fashion

Kerry Washington looking divine as always. Not sure how I feel about the Etro couture gown a swim suit, but hey – these are pandemic times and since there is no real red carpet, you gotta make a statement another way.

SAG Awards 2021 viola davis

Many sang the praises of Viola Davis in this Louis Vuitton gown but I absolutely hate the color. Still, I’m not sure this actress would wear it anywhere else. 

Cate Blamnchette black suit SAG Awards 2021 Fashion

Here’s the thing about Cate Blanchett. She’s known for her colors, her risk-taking looks, like FASHION. So yes, we all love a good androgynous menswear look from Givenchy but come on, really? You couldn’t do better than that Cate? You’re probably the only one who could have made experimentation look good. 

No, this look is not as crazy as some of the others and yes, it actually looks stunning. I think this is probably the best Mindy Kaling has ever looked in this blue Alex Perry gown. Really. I’m just not sure why she chose the SAGs as the awards show to do it. 

Anya Taylor-Joy in Vera Wang

Lingerie anyone?

Cynthia Erivo in Alexander McQueen SAG Awards 2021 Fashion
Cynthia Erivo in Alexander McQueen

What’s with all the washed out tones? 

Glenn Close

Guess the jewel tones have it. Check out her admirer.

Think Pink 

One surprising (or striking) trend was all the pink that was on the (virtual) red carpet.

Jurnee Smollett in Zuhair Murad


Kaley Cuoco in Prabal Gurung


Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka


Jessica Frances Dukes
Jessica Frances Dukes

Worst SAG Awards 2021 Fashion

Florence Hunt in Chanel
Florence Hunt in Chanel

I have to say that this is actually a great outfit…just not for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’s way too casual.

Elle Fanning in Gucci
Elle Fanning in Gucci

Save the disco look for the after party, not the awards show. This is very sparkly, very pretty, and very not right for the SAGs. 

white pant suit Emily Hampshire in Ralph Lauren Polo
Emily Hampshire in Ralph Lauren Polo


No idea what this is about. Isn’t this the same girl who wore a striking blush-colored J. Mendel (with deep V-neck) to last year’s SAG Awards? 

– Simona Shemer

Photos: EOnline, Instagram,

You may also like to read more of Simona’s celebrity style posts like The 78th Golden Globes Fashion Best Dressed and The Questionable and What The Celebrities Are Wearing This Spring.

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