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10/11/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

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We pored over all the photos of celebs at premieres, fundraisers and parties from this week and made predictions about the two frock styles that are growing in popularity and the chunky kicks that are slowly getting replaced by a much more delicate counterpart. And in case you’re wondering, yes, these apply to off-the-carpet, casual looks too. So be sure to read on before your next shopping spree — and we promise you’ll be way ahead of the style curve.

trend up Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Textured Dresses, Side Panels & Clunky Shoes

Up: Dresses with textures: We love silk and chiffon as much as the next girl, but we have to admit that the sudden rise in frocks featuring textured material is making us want to ditch smooth fabrics in favor of ones that pack a little more punch. Diane Kruger‘s blue-and-black Chanel dress made us think of flecks of foil and Britney Spears‘s gray Halston Heritage gown had the look of dripping metal. We also wanted to reach out and touch Emma Roberts’s Armani Exchange dress, which featured an interesting raised blue print.

trend up Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Textured Dresses, Side Panels & Clunky Shoes

Up: Sexy side panels: This summer’s skin-baring cutout trend is getting a cold-weather makeover in the form of the side inset. New moms Jennifer Garner and Kristin Cavallari tried it with leather detailing, while Jordin Sparks opted for a silky fabric. Considering it’s crazy figure-flattering, we expect to see this get more and more popular not just on formal wear, but also on tops.

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Down: Ultra-chunky shoes: Celebs like Amy Poehler have been clomping around the red carpet in sky-high platforms for the past few months (and we understand the appeal: all the height, none of the discomfort), but the shoe’s domination is fading. Yep, traditional single-sole stilettos in all of their uncomfortable glory are back. Invest in a pair of inserts and get on board with the trend.

Tell us: Do you plan to wear a textured dresses, side panels or single-sole stilettos? Vote below!

Want more Trend Report? Click to hear our thoughts on braids, turtlenecks and baroque prints.

–Jennifer Cress

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