Golden Globes After-Party Dresses from Sofia Vergara, Taylor Swift, and More: Did the Switcheroos Work?

A lot of thought and fanfare go into awards-show fashion — weeks spent searching for the perfect gown, days spent choosing the best accessories, hours spent getting glammed up before the show — but the red carpet isn’t the end-all-be-all for a handful of awards-show attendees. For those leading ladies who missed the style mark before the ceremony, there’s always the chance to redeem themselves come after-party time. Unfortunately, for stars who switch up their look post-show, there's also the risk of finishing the night on a low note. When it came to last night’s Golden Globe awards, we got to see a little of both. Find out which stars turned it out post-Golden Globes, and which stars should have just quit while they were ahead.

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Taylor Swift

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Yes, Taylor, we get it: You love cute, elegant gowns from classic designers like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, and yes, you look great in them. But when you really switch things up and go for something a little more, well, bad, it makes for such a great look.

Sofia Vergara

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There was nothing wrong with Vergara’s red-carpet look, per se, but if we’ve seen her in a monochromatic mermaid gown once, we’ve seen her in it a million times. Which is why this smoking-hot beaded getup by Zuhair Murad was such a breath of fresh (and steamy) air on one of the hottest stars in Hollywood.

Tina Fey

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Though it’s more of a during-the-ceremony change than an after-party outfit switch, Fey’s transformation from a pretty-but-slightly-boring Carolina Herrera red carpet gown to this jeweled stunner by the same designer was exactly what she needed to cement herself as one of the sexiest — and funniest — Golden Globes hosts in history.

Emma Watson

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And now for the not-so-great news: Not all after-party changes are for the better. Watson looked so sleek and edgy in her Dior dress-and-pants combo on the red carpet, but this floral lace number does little for her figure or style factor.

Kelly Osbourne

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Osbourne looked better than ever before in her basic black Escada dress on the red carpet, but took the sex appeal down a notch when she changed into this busy geometric-patterned dress for the after party. Just remember this simple style rule, Kelly: Sometimes, minimal really is better.

Ariel Winter

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Don’t get us wrong: With her dark hair and fair skin, the young Modern Family actress looked amazing in this delicate shade of pink. But the cut of her lacy after-party dress isn’t the most flattering, while her burgundy Mikael D. gown fit her beautifully and really popped against the red carpet.