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Just as its name suggets, the Film Independent Spirit Awards—an annual precursor to the Academy Awards which doles out trophies for artier, smaller-budget films—is also a night when Hollywood’s starlets feel free to do their own thing on the red carpet. In terms of fashion, it’s like the Oscars’ cool younger sister (the Skipper to Oscars' Barbie, if you will). Set in a tent on Santa Monica beach, the chill atmosphere usually makes for more interesting semi-casual attire, a departure from the ball gown parade. From rompers to cocktail dresses, here are our favorite looks.

SHAILENE WOODLEY IN LYN DEVON

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.Photo: Getty Images

Shailene Woodley is case in point of the stark contrast between the Oscars and Indie Spirit Awards, where stars wear real clothes—or, at least, clothes most people have a better chance of wearing IRL. The Spectacular Now nominee serves as a tutorial on how to wear a crop top on the red carpet, keeping the trend strong. Her Lyn Devon outfit perfectly balanced out her bare midriff with a tasteful maxi skirt, and majorly complemented her new pixie cut. Best of all: Shailene didn’t look too precious or fussy.

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Whichever way you cut it, Jennifer Lawrence is a winner. Whether we're speaking in traditional terms about her 2013 Oscars Best Actress in a Leading Role statuette, about her endearingly colorful press room commentary after falling on stage, or even her fit-for-a-princess Dior Haute Couture gown, J.Law has won over our hearts by being simultaneously talented beyond her years, drop-dead gorgeous, and charmingly affable. We could go on for days about all the reasons we love the spunky beauty, but being that fashion is our primary domain, we're laser-focusing on that. More specifically, we're taking a long, hard look back on Jennifer's exemplary red carpet fashion throughout this 2013 winter awards season. LEGGO!

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Jennifer Lawrence has been a winner on and off the red carpet all 2013 awards season.
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Jennifer was breath-taking and regal at the 2013 Oscars in this ballerina pink Dior Haute Couture gown. The large trumpeted skirt may have been to blame for her little spill, but J.Law handled that little mishap with grace and still looked beautiful and poised for press room questions. Just the day before, Lawrence took a break from her red carpet Dior (she is the newest face of Miss Dior handbags, after all), accepting her Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook in striking angular Lanvin.

Emmanuel Riva may have snagged Best Actress honors at the 2013 British Academy Film Awards, but Jennifer found a winner (color) in this gem-laden baby pink Dior Haute Couture. Lawrence almost didn't show to the 2013 SAG Awards thanks (or rather, no thanks) to a bout with pneumonia, so you can imagine the gasps of approval from the MTV Style frontlines when she not only showed up but totally turned it out in navy, strapless Dior Haute Couture with a bold red lip and flawless side-swept waves. AND won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Preach.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Lanvin at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
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We dare you to find us a gown that doesn't look incredible on Jennifer Lawrence. One of the things we love most about Jennifer is that she isn't afraid to experiment on the carpet, and doesn't just stick to one cut or color. Be it a classic old Hollywood style gown, something sleek and sexy, or a dress so directional it has some people's eyebrows up to their hairlines, Jennifer Lawrence has probably tried it out at least once, and we're willing to bet money that she looked amazing when she did. We're BEYOND excited to see what she's going to wear to the Oscars tomorrow night, and even more so because she looks INCREDIBLE in Lanvin at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. We love that Jennifer has been working a lot of very classic looks this awards season, from her coral, strapless Dior Haute Couture at the Golden Globes to the navy sheath (also Dior) she wore to this year's Screen Actor's Guild Awards, but we're beginning to think she's changed her sartorial tack. A sleek black Spring/Summer 2013 gown with cut-outs at the waist, an angular hemline and a silver halter-style collar, Jennifer's Indie Spirits look is anything but basic. Between today's Lanvin and the black and white, architectural Rouland Mouret dress that she wore to Vanity Fair's Campaign Hollywood Pre-Oscars party, Jennifer seems to be moving away from that classic hollywood glam and taking a more modern approach to the carpet. Will she continue in the same vein tomorrow night or will we see her back in classic Dior Couture? We're giddy with anticipation.

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Elizabeth Olsen, Busy Philipps, Shailene, Woodley, Zoe Saldana at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
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Tonight may be the Oscars, but yesterday, Hollywood started the film celebrations early with the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. A daytime affair, the event called for a bit more of a light-hearted sartorial approach. Hemlines were shorter, and attendees embraced their Spring Fever with flowery details. Elizabeth Olsen, Busy Philipps, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Saldana all wore touches of floral in their step and repeat ensembles.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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