There’s no doubt about it: Pantsuits are having a major moment. Whether it’s for a politically charged reason or not, from the runways to the red carpet, ditching what would classically be considered “ladylike”—such as a dress or a gown—for a blazer and pants is totally on trend right now. In fact, there are even a number of brands dedicated to creating nothing but the coolest of lady suits.
Heading this trend on the red carpet front would have to be Evan Rachel Wood, who has dedicated herself to wearing only the chicest pantsuits to every single red carpet event she attends. She’s even spoken out in interviews about the fact that she wears them to prove to young girls and women that dresses aren’t a requirement.
However, while the pantsuit is on a major upswing, we’ve been seeing strong and empowering women opting to put their spin on menswear on the red carpet for years—and by years, we mean decades (*cough* Diana Ross at the 1973 Oscars). Below, we highlighted 14 of the most epic awards show red carpet pantsuit moments in history.
With the Oscar’s just days away, we’re expecting to see the trend continue on Sunday’s red carpet. Even though the Oscars tend to be the more formal of the awards show circuit, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more pant legs than dress trains. Stay tuned for our red carpet coverage to find out.