Julianne Hough Wears a Jumpsuit (No, That's Not a Gown!) to 2024 Oscars: 'She Loves a Fashion Risk,' Says Stylist (Exclusive)

Hough is one of the 2024 Oscars ABC pre-show hosts alongside Vanessa Hudgens

<p>Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty</p> Julianne Hough in a jumpsuit at 2024 Oscars

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Julianne Hough in a jumpsuit at 2024 Oscars

Julianne Hough knows how to make a red carpet style statement.

The Dancing with the Stars host opted for something different for the 96th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Instead of picking a gown, she opted for pants!

Hough wore a white Alexandre Vauthier couture jumpsuit with a gold and silver metallic bodice. The pants were so voluminous, though, that they acted as an optical illusion, making her jumpsuit look like a gown. Hough made sure everyone knew she was wearing pants, though, showing off her fun look on the red carpet.

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Julianne Hough at 2024 Oscars

"Since the Oscars is so glamorous, I knew I wanted to do something cool and different," Hough's stylist Jennifer Mazur tells PEOPLE. "When Vauthier sent me a photo of this jumpsuit that they had in Paris that no one had seen yet, I knew it was an instant winner. When I showed it to Julianne. she fell in love. From the second she tried it on. We knew it was the winner for the Oscars. Julianne loves taking a fashion risk and loves to be different.”

Hough, 35, is the co-host of ABC's The Oscars Red Carpet Show, a 30-minute special airing live from the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. Vanessa Hudgens is also interviewing stars ahead of the ceremony alongside Hough.

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Julianne Hough at the 2024 Oscars

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Hough recently debuted her shorter 'do, becoming one of many chic Hollywood stars to embrace the flippy bob. She teased a new haircut on Instagram on Jan. 6, then showed up to host the Creative Arts Emmys the next day with the flipped-up bob, which hovers around chin length and is styled in a C-shape with the ends curled out.

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At the time, Hough's hairstylist told PEOPLE about the actress' decision — which was part of her “letting go” literally and figuratively. “During Dancing with the Stars, she kept saying, ‘I think I want to go short,’ then then one day we did a faux bob for Dancing and after that she was like, ‘let’s do this,' " recounted hairstylist Riawna Capri.

The 96th Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 10, at 7 p.m. ET.

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