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Mighty Like a Rosette

Ruffles are big news in fashion just now. So are exuberant prints. Each can be done well, but it takes something special to make them work together without looking a tidge unfortunate.

Well, Ralph Lauren has done it with his pure silk Rosette dress.

Ralph Lauren Silk Rosette DressYes, the print is large, but the subtle coloring on a deep aubergine purple background keeps it dignified. Yes, there are ruffles, but they aren’t allowed to overtake the entire look. Everything is kept in balance. This is a ruffled print dress for grown-ups. It even comes in petite and women’s sizes, too.

The really great news is that the price has been reduced to a child’s size. Originally $229.00, it’s now just $79.00! That’s a savings of $150.00!

Now that’s something to be exuberant about!

Be the Lady in Red

There are few things in this world sexier than a really beautiful woman in a really fabulous evening gown. Of course, I always think she’s that much prettier if she’s got that special smile that says she found that perfect gown at a more than perfect price. Case in point, the jeweled strap gown by Igigi. It’s a spectacular cut for showing off an elegant shoulder, and for catching eyes across the room. Igigi Red Evening Gown What really caught my eye, though, is the price. Normally, this gorgeous gown goes for $250.00, but right now it can be yours for a mere $75.00 smackers. That’s right: a gorgeous evening gown for a generously proportioned lady for less than a hundred bucks…and when you put it on, you’ll feel like a million.

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Signs of Spring Edition

Okay, so it’s still January. I know that. But the fact is that even while it’s very, very cold in a lot of places, the days are beginning to lengthen, the temperatures are starting to rise in a lot of other places, and dammit, I need to remember that there will be warm weather again and a reason to haul out my best sandals.

That’s where shopping is an excellent pastime. No matter what the season, you can bet that most of the stores have moved on from this one midway through and are merrily on to the next. This may make trying to buy a white, short-sleeved blouse in August more difficult that finding a unicorn to ride in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but it makes window shopping in January (or even real shopping in January) a bit more fun. You’re preparing to say hello to the sun again, and that’s okay by me.

So what can we find that speaks of both spring and good savings? Just take a lookie here:

Old Navy Satin CamiThis cute little satin cami will look cool as a cucumber once the weather warms. Oh, and in addition to basic black, it also comes in floral print. What’s more it comes in average, petite, and tall sizes (sorry, you tall gals only get the black, I’m afraid) atOld Navy.

Oh, and as to price, it started out at a thrifty $24.50, but has been marked down to a mere $3.99! That’s not a typo, folks, this top is really only four bucks right now.

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Hey Ombre!

If you are limited as to funds and want to invest in some classy designer evening wear, it’s a good idea to go for something that isn’t too, too trendy. After all, you’ll want to be able to wear it again and you don’t want to have a neon sign across you blaring ‘2009’ to the crowd when you wear it in 2015.

All the same, you want some interest to the gown that will look spectacular. What’s the point in getting just another very ordinary dress if you’re spending big bucks on it?

And this lovely Nicole Miller ombre dyed gown is where I find the perfect balance point.

Nicole Miller Evening Gown The lines are simple, classic, and elegant, but the olive to teal ombre dyed silk fabric (okay, there’s 8% spandex for shaping, but the other 92% is silk) is dramatic enough to make a real entrance for years to come.

And years to come is how long you’ll smile to yourself about the price, too! The suggested retail price may be $530.00, but it’s on sale at eDress Me for a mere $372.00!

Investment Dressing Without Tears

Even if your budget is limited (and whose isn’t, these days?) it’s a good idea to splurge when you can manage it on a few pieces of really well-made clothes that will last for years. Pick something in a style that may or may not be the height of fashion now, but won’t ever look horribly dated in a color that’s never incorrect, impeccably made of excellent fabric. In fact, what you’re looking for is something along these lines:

Ralph Lauren Cashmere Dress This cashmere dress by Ralph Lauren is just the ticket if you’re looking to do investment dressing. The lines are classic enough to look right for years to come, but the look isn’t boring, either. It comes in a medium heather grey (shown), navy blue, or black. Those are colors that will never look out of place. It’s made of a lovely cashmere jersey, too. Dress it up, dress it down, accessorize it to your heart’s content…this will go from the office to dinner to the theater with ease and still look just right for a weekend in the country.

No, it isn’t cheap in any sense of the word. In fact, the original retail price is $598.00. It’s worth it, too. The good news is that you won’t pay what it’s worth. Instead, you’ll hurry over to Ralph Lauren.com and get it for just $299.00! That’s nearly half off for something you can wear for years and years to come.

And that’s why this investment is worth making, no matter what the stock market is doing.

Make Your Marc

Marc by Marc Jacobs, that is.

Margie Dress Marc by Marc Jacobs This superfantastic terrycloth Marc by Marc Jacobs dress with it’s double-breasted closure and ivory piping is the perfect way to keep cool in the final days of summer. Choose the Madras Red (shown) or Earth Red. Either way, you’ll look charming and cool.

Oh, and since the summer is waning, you can get a great deal on it right now. Originally priced at $178.00, it’s been marked down to just $70.90 at Saks Fifth Ave.

I think most of us can absorb that pricetag!

I Love the Niteline, I’ve Got to Boogie

Going out on the town? Need a pretty new dress? Why not head over to Smartbargains.com and take a look at this amazing deal.

Ivory Niteline Dress by Aiden Mattox This charming ivory silk racerback dress from Niteline by Aidan Mattox takes you from a hot nightclub to the opera in style. It’s fully lined, and the black flower is removable. Change it out for a pretty jeweled brooch, if you like.

Pretty, feminine, elegant, stylish…what more could a girl want? Oh yes, she might like a good deal.

The retail price on this lucious dress is $310.00. Actually not too bad for a pure silk dress. But why settle for not too bad when you can get amazing? Smartbargains is selling this dress for a mere $39.98! That’s 87% off the original price!

To the Max

BCBGMAXAZRIA, that is.

This super cute floral print wrap dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA is a breath of fresh air. The bright, cheerful colors will bring a smile to many a face and the easy-to-wear cut will keep you comfortable all day long, and into the night.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Floral Print Wrap Dress Made of a rayon/spandex blend lined in a polyester/spandex blend, it’s easy care, too. Just machine wash it and go!

Best of all, it’s on sale at Nordstrom right now. Originally priced at $180.00, it’s been marked down 33%. That means the price tag now reads $119.90.

And don’t forget to check out the pre-season anniversary sale while you’re there! Prices on dozens of superfantastic Fall finds will be going up in just three more days! You don’t want to miss out on this one.

What’s 20% of Superfantastic?

Bluefly is having a 20% off sale on all their dresses right now. Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Sweet Pea, Betsey Johnson…and the list goes on for a long time. So what design caught my eye? That would bethis one by Nicole Miller:

Nicole Miller Silk Feather Dress The feather print in shades of blue and black is embossed on pique silk, and the dress is fully lined in chiffon. It sounds as light and soft as the feathers printed on it. The back is low-cut and shaped with a bit of smocking while the front is held in place by slender halter straps on a ruched U neckline. Just slip it over your head, accessorize to taste, and have a great time!

Originally this dress would have cost you $275.00. Bluefly normally sells it for just $165.00. But if you take advantage of the dress sale going on now, you can get this fabulous, filmy designer party dress for a mere $132.00, or 52% off the retail price.

Also at Bluefly, fans of Bravo’s hit series Project Runway (and I know I’m not the only one who wants to take Tim Gunn home with me) may be interested to know that Season 4 winner Christian Siriano’s new line is currently available at Bluefly for ‘up to 40% off’…though the only sales I saw were all 20% off. My verdict? Fierce, of course!

Bright Sunshiny Dress

Have you ever wanted to look like you’re walking down the runway instead of the street? If so, then you might want to head on over to Net-A-Porter and check out their designer bargains. They’ve got looks that graced the catwalk at Fashion Week on sale right now.

One I just love is this cheerful sunshine yellow trapeze shift by Moschino Cheap & Chic.

Moschino Cheap & Chic Yellow Trapeze dress It avoids the trapeze trap of becoming simply a muu-muu while keeping the relaxed feel necessary for a good shift dress. The self ruffle adds an unexpected feminine touch while the detachable white bead floral brooch brings whimsey to the design. The 61% silk 39% cotton fabric is both rich and breathable, too.

So what will it cost you to look like a runway model? Well, normally it would run you about $735.00 to get this pretty dress. But nothing I bring you is going to be the normal price. Net-A-Porter is selling it for just $367.50 right now. Alas! it’s only currently available in sizes 10 and 12, but if that’s you, then you’ve got an amazing deal open to you right now. I’d snatch it up right away!

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