It’s not always easy finding the perfect dress for an awards ceremony.
There’s always a fear of turning up in the same gown as someone else, or of course, a dreaded wardrobe malfunction.
The aim of the game is to stand out – but for all the right reasons.
Unfortunately not everyone did at the Golden Globes.
Kerry Washington arrived at the awards in a strapless black dress made from a shiny material.
It was cinched in at the waist with a bow and was split at the front so she could flash one leg.
She paired it with a pair of bejewelled heeled ankle boots.
Jamie Chung oddly wore one white shoe and one black shoe as she headed to the ceremony.
She paired the mismatched strappy sandals with a strapless dress made up of a PVC bustier and a tutu-style skirt that was shorter at the front than at the back.
Alexis Bledel went for a trousers rather than a traditional gown.
She wore black trousers and a white tube top with a black leaf-shaped strap over one shoulder.
The actress also hung a scarf from the trousers that trailed down her leg and to the floor.
Allison Williams wore a black beaded dress but with a splash of colour.
The actress’ dress featured orange and grey semi-circles and endless tassles.
Missi Pyle stuck to the blackout.
She wore a sleeveless crocheted dress that showed her skin.
The floral design featured tiny peepholes around her bust, stomach and legs.
Debra Messing sort of wore a dress and trousers at the same time.
The Will and Grace star posed up in a pair of wide-legged black trousers.
And on top of that she wore a black top, decorated with sparkles, that was short at the front but trailed down to the floor at the back.
Catherine Zeta-Jones flashes the flesh in a daring see-through dress.
The extreme V-neck showed off her cleavage while the rest left little to the imagination.
The dress featured long sleeves and fell down to the floor with a long train, but the opaque material meant her underwear was visibe.
Singer-songwriter Alison Sudol also wore black with a splash of colour.
Her bardot dress with practically see-through on the top half and as decorated with red flowers within white circles on the bottom half.
Most of the female stars heading to the awards wore black.
But some went against the blackout, which saw Hollywood’s leading ladies unite by turning up at the awards in black.
A host of A-listers, including Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain and Sally Hawkins will sport colour-free gowns in protest of industry-wide sexual harassment.
And they have a strong message for Hollywood – Time’s Up.
The dramatic move is designed to send a powerful message to millions of people across the globe.
However, some didn’t take part.
Blanca Blanco totally ignored the blackout by turning up in an extremely revealing bright red dress.
The actress hit the red carpet in a dress that left very little to the imagination.
The brunette flashed the flesh in a skimpy dress with an extreme split that showed off her entire leg, and seemed to suggest that she wasn’t wearing any underwear.
Her gown is also slashed at the front to create an extreme peephole look that shows off her cleavage and stomach.
The Torch star wore her hair in loose curls and posed defiantly with her hand on her hips as she arrived for the ceremony.
Barbara Meier also went against the blackout.
The German fashion model’s dress was a dramatic floral design with a swooping neckline and long train.
The unique gown stood out even more in a sea of black gowns.