11 Must-Know Terms for Talking Oscar Red Carpet Fashion

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Lupita Nyong'o will probably show up to the Academy Awards in another bright, beautiful gown that everyone's going to talk about. Emma Thompson will probably be there, too.
Watching the stars walk the red carpet sometimes can be more entertaining than watching the actual award ceremony itself, if you're crazy fashion-obsessed freaks like us. If you're not and actually watching to see who wins, the red carpet can probably seem tedious and confusing. And with the Oscars slated for Sunday, March 2, maybe you're even panicking a little about how you're going to make it through the Academy Awards pre-show. But don't worry, because we've got your back.

We've broken down 11 terms you need to know to ensure that you can critique and ogle the red carpet fashion with the best of 'em. Heaven forbid you confuse a thut with an underbutt and are at a loss for words when it comes to describing Lena Dunham's inevitably bold gown choice, right?

See also: 5 Worst Fashion Trends of Spring 2014

It Girl noun /ɪt gərl/
: Lupita Nyong'o.

Example: J-Law may be quirky and charming, but, let's be honest, everyone is going to be talking about the real It Girl at the Oscars, Lupita Nyong'o.

Über-Clash verb /ˈo͞obər klaSH/
: To mismatch a look so badly that no matter how pretty the person's shoes, outfit, hair, accessories, and makeup are, every part of the look, when put together, appears ugly.

Example: I didn't know men could über-clash at awards shows, but then I saw Mickey Rourke at the Golden Globes.

Sideboob noun /sīd bo͞ob/
: The cleavage created on the outer part of a woman's breast due to her lack of bra, often visible in backless dresses or ones with oversized armholes.

Example: Robin Wright may have won Best Actress in a TV Drama at the 2014 Golden Globes, but she also won best sideboob flash during her acceptance speech.

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