Do The Emmy Awards Have A Dress Code?

by Katie Patton

The ladies and gentlemen of the small screen certainly have a reputation for cleaning up nicely, but as I prepare my predictions for best dressed at the 2015 Emmy Awards, I have to wonder whether those fierce formal gowns and sharply tailored tuxes will be ensembles of pure choice or whether there is a dress code for the Emmy Awards. I mean, let's be honest: One of the best, most highly anticipated parts of any fancy Hollywood shindig is seeing what our favorite celebrities will be wearing when they step onto that famed red carpet. With the Emmy's returning on Sept. 20, a fresh crop of drool-worthy designer duds will be sweeping across our television screens and taking over our Instagram feeds before we can even finish predicting which fashion house will be dressing whom. As it turns out, the Television Academy kindly requests the donning of formal wear for its event.

After thorough research, I was able to confirm that the Primetime Emmy Awards is a black tie event, according to Microsoft Theatre, where the show will take place. Even famous thespians have to follow the rules sometimes, which, in this case, means breaking out the bow ties and bedazzled Oscar de la Renta gowns to be honored by their peers.

But hey, just because there is a clear cut dress code does not mean the attire is cookie cutter. Our favorite stars know how to work a formal look and make it their own. In honor of the black tie decree and the upcoming red carpet, let's take a look at some of the best dressed attendees from 2014's awards. These fancy frocks give that dress code a dazzling good name.

1. Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo

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Perfectly paired in Prada, the newlyweds were red carpet couple goals and the definition of old Hollywood glamour with an edgy, new school twist. And Levine rocking that tux without a tie? Insert "100" emoji here.

2. Amy Poehler

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Comedy queen Amy Poehler was sparkle and shine perfection in this strappy, curve-hugging, metallic Theia number.

3. Seth Myers


Seth Myers looked very dapper in Valentino for his hosting gig. Major props for swapping out the traditional black for midnight navy with black lapel detailing.

4. Sarah Hyland

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Who could forget Sarah Hyland's Christian Siriano separates? The modern family star effortlessly brings fresh trends to a formal red carpet.

5. Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy's bejeweled Marchesa ensemble was flashy in all the right ways and nothing short of fabulous formal fashion.

6. Jon Hamm


The question has been posed: Is Jon Hamm the Leonardo DiCaprio of the Emmy's? All signs point to yes. Hamm is a man who knows how to wear a tux and make a full beard the best accessory.

7. Uzo Aduba

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There may have been a sea of red dresses on the Emmy's carpet of the same color last season, but Uzo Aduba was anything but part of the crowd. The OITNB star stunned in this va-va voom Christian Siriano dress with a "party in the back" ruffle train.

8. January Jones

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Fashion risk taker January Jones also made a statement in red, slaying a structured Prabal Gurung gown. Not only was the shortened front hem chic, but it also gave us a peek at her edgy accessory: Those killer black stilettos.

9. Claire Danes

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Claire Danes brought texture to the red game in a Givenchy gown that had perfectly placed lace cut outs, giving feminine a bit of a fierce flavor.

10. Allison Williams

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Watch out Cinderella: This GIRLS star looked breathtaking in a full skirt, with a storied fashion house as her Fairy Godmother. Williams was every bit the modern day princess in Giambattista Valli couture.

11. Matt Bomer

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Is there a single human in the entire world who doesn't have the slightest crush on the ever suave Matt Bomer? A dreamboat on a normal day, Bomer had major swag on the Emmy's carpet last season in a epically tailored Tom Ford.

Black tie has never looked so good. I for one cannot wait to see how Hollywood's television talent interpret the dress code this year.