Short Hemlines and Playful Prints Stole the Show at the Teen Choice Awards

Proof that high fashion doesn't have to be so serious.
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Proof that high fashion doesn't have to be so serious.
Emma Roberts in Peter Pilotto. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Emma Roberts in Peter Pilotto. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The annual Teen Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and though I like to consider myself Fashionista's in-house pop culture junkie (read: I watch a lot of TV), the goings-on of the under-18 set are definitely not my forte. Still, I was pleasantly surprised at the evening's red carpet turnout, which boasted a number of high fashion labels. Unlike some other award shows — which can lead stars to opt for pieces that, while on-trend or from a highly respected designer, can look stuffy or ill-suited for their personalities — the young ladies who were most successful at the TCAs chose playful, graphic ensembles that were both elegant and age-appropriate. 

Emma Roberts, 24, chose a futuristic Peter Pilotto midi dress with a funky pattern and a rainbow-striped skirt, leading the pack of the night's best-dressed women. Sure, the calf-length hem seemed a bit conservative for the occasion, but most of the other attendees were fearless about showing off their youthful figures. Another winner from the evening was actress Maia Mitchell, who wore an adorable matching white set from Giamba, offsetting the buttoned-up, long- sleeve top with some shorts. 

Other standout trends included summery florals (as seen on Lea Michele and Jordana Brewster), tasteful cutouts and mesh inserts, and, as you might expect at an awards show for teens, plenty of sparkle — though thankfully, none of it reached cheesy prom dress levels of glitter. Most importantly, the starlets all looked like they had fun getting dressed, and what's more inspirational than that? See below for our favorite looks of the night.