With only hours to go until the big event, we thought it was high time we showed you the dresses we had earmarked for Oscars night. If only those invitations hadn't got lost in the post! We'll start out with Charlotte's top five gorgeous gowns...

Even in fantasyland, picking an outfit for the Oscars is hard work! It’s all too easy to rip awards outfits to shreds, forgetting how much work goes into picking it. Despite being tempted by several more unusual dresses, I’ve played it safe with my final selections – because as we all know, it can so easily go so wrong. You only have to look through the CQ archives to confirm that. So after much deliberation, here are my top five Oscar outfits (what, you didn’t think I could narrow it down to just one dress did you?). Oh and by the way, for the purposes of this exercise, I’m imagining I have the perfect body too. Well if you’re gonna dream, you may as well do it properly!

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5. This Elie Saab black gown is my safe option, yes it’s pretty bog standard as gowns go, but the bow detail brings it up to date. And you can’t go too far wrong with a beautiful black dress, what’s more the net detailing across the strapless top helps it to look delicate rather than harsh.

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4. The only short dress I chose is by Versace, but you have to imagine it isn’t see through, as unlike some, I wouldn’t be bearing my pants. The unique colouring drew me to this billowing dress, and it makes a nice change to see a bit of leg now and again amongst all those long gowns.

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3. This BCBG Max Azria dress was going to be my first choice, but lovely as it is, and I really do love it – it just doesn’t seem quite good enough for the Oscars. In fact, I might even be able to get away with wearing it in real life. That said, I adore the light teal/turquoise colour, although it’s perhaps a little summery for March. The best part about this dress for me though is the ribbon detail; it’s simple, elegant, yet it stands it apart from the 101 other dresses just like this one.

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2. I was totally undecided on this Matthew Williamson dress, I eventually rescued it from the recycle bin and kept it in after all. I’m not sure if it would be my number two choice, but I replaced it with the Elie Saab couture dress that was originally occupying this slot. It’s definitely not as glam as its forerunner, but there’s just something about it that I really love. Is it good enough for the Oscars? You tell me.

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1. Finally, we have reached dress numero uno. The award for most wanted imaginary Oscars outfit goes to this beautiful Amanda Wakeley dress. I loved this gown from the moment I set eyes on it, it effortlessly radiates red carpet appeal and I would feel a million dollars wearing this creation. The Grecian styling and pale colouring may not suit everyone, but then in this imaginary world, I’m a film star, so I don’t have to worry about such things. [Charlotte Howells]