Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Red carpet rebels: the women sticking it to tradition and making their own dress codes

In some ways, traditional dress codes bring a certain magical air to an event - we can't wait to see the frocks at the Oscars or the glittering gowns at the Met Gala. And yet, in many ways, the confines of tradition have been known to hold women back, keeping them within the boundaries dictated by patriarchal ideals. 

Increasingly, celebrities are throwing caution to the wind and abandoning the rules entirely, or making subtle but key changes in their outfits that speak volumes.

Last year, when women were kicked off the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for wearing flat shoes, the restrictive and outdated nature of black tie dress codes was highlighted even further. This year, Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts decided to make statements that they wouldn't be told what shoes they could and could not wear.

Here, we take a look at some of the women who have made their own rules, and adapted red carpet dressing to suit their own style. 

Related

flats cannes.jpg

Susan Sarandon wearing flats on the red carpet is a big win for women

steps.jpg

Stylist meets Helen Sharman – the first Briton in space

opener_rt.jpg

Lindy West on why women need to be bigger

Cyndi Lauper Late Show James Corden Girls.jpg

Watch Cyndi Lauper nail a new version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

festival.jpg

How to dress for a festival - if you can't stand ‘festival chic’

kesha instagram iiswhoiis mexico holiday body shaming sea.JPG

Kesha calls out body-shamers in defiant and honest Instagram post

cariss.JPG

Six-year-old girl is finally allowed to wear trousers to school

SWNS_BARBER_ROW_05 (1).jpg

Barbershop throws out customer because she's a woman

CHAN.jpeg

This female meteorologist was told to cover up live on air

Comments

More

This epic new handbag range is made from pineapple leaves

Vegan fashion that doesn't compromise on style

by Nicola Colyer
26 May 2017

Relax: Amazon’s new wedding shop has arrived

Browse “unique, handcrafted items for your wedding day”

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

This week's style list: from Annie Warhol to chandelier earrings

Indulge yourself with a treat from our hand-picked edits

by The Stylist web team
25 May 2017

Five items in your wardrobe that were inspired by Cristóbal Balenciaga

Don't know much about him? Look no further...

by Harriet Hall
25 May 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

25 May 2017

25 unusual accessories to update your wedding wardrobe

Shoes, bags, jewellery and headgear to perk up your one-wear wedding wonders

by Amy Swales
24 May 2017

22 unusual and awesome Father's Day gifts

Stylish, foodie, boozy, outdoorsy: we've got you covered

by Amy Swales
24 May 2017

Summer looks like jeans that turn into shorts

You didn't know these were missing from your life

by Amy Swales
22 May 2017

A closer look at Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress

One of Britain's most celebrated designers, Giles Deacon, created the gown

21 May 2017

The feminist t-shirt everyone’s talking about on Instagram

It’s time to wear your feminist credentials front and centre

by Kayleigh Dray
19 May 2017