4 Ways to Get an Emmy Dress on the Cheap

September 26, 2012
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I’m a huge fan of color. That’s why you would have found me wearing fuscia pants to a business meeting yesterday, and then appearing on TV this past summer–during my summer of savings tour–wearing cobalt blue pants, a bright green shirt, and lemon yellow shoes.

Given my love of color, I was thrilled to see so many women at this week’s Emmy Awards wearing brightly hued dresses.

You, too, may have found their fashion and color choices inspiring, but perhaps you don’t want to shell out the thousands of dollars that they likely did for their dresses–if they had to pay for them at all. (Sometimes designers loan or give dresses to actresses to wear to help promote the brand.)

If you’re like me, then you’ll love this advice that I received from David’s Bridal on how you can create your own Emmy look without breaking the bank. In fact, even though you might think of David’s Bridal as a store for weddings only, it turns out to be a great place to shop on a budget for any special occasion dress–possibly, even the Emmy’s.

Here are four dresses from David’s Bridal that could rock and rival those you may have seen on the red carpet. All are under $200.

PRETTY IN PASTELS

 

Zooey Deschanel aka The New Girl appeared at the Emmy’s in a seemingly simply formal gown. However, she definitely achieved the princess look that she was going for by choosing a ball gown in a soft pastel color, just like this tiered organza ball gown ($189). It has a strapless bodice and ruching at the waist to flatter any figure. You can get this dress in five shades–from canary yellow to watermelon pinkish red to purple iris shown here.

EVERLASTING SUNBEAM SUMMER SHADES

Fall may have arrived over the weekend, but you never would have known that from the sunny colors that so many female stars choose for their Emmy dresses. From Julie Bowen to Julianne Moore to a pregnant Claire Danes–all Emmy winners–bright yellow, chartreuse, and orange were shining all over the awards show. Check out this David’s Bridal version of those dresses, a strapless satin a-line gown in sunny sunbeam: this satin slim gown has a stylish ruched bodice and a chiffon pleated side drape that goes over the tummy area, giving the dress a flattering look. This dress is priced at $159, comes in 43 colors–from sunbeam yellow shown here to tangerine orange (the 2012 color of the year, fyi)–and sizes 2 to 26.

RED HOT RED CARPET STAPLES

You can never go wrong at a formal event with a red-hot dress in fiery red. Just consider the red-hot stunner that actress Kat Dennings, from the CBS Show “Two Broke Girls,” wore to this week’s Emmy awards. For your own red-hot look, you may want to try on this strapless, chiffon full-length dress that seems to hug you in all the right places while, with its empire waist, it flows away from the body in all the right places, too, to hide any flaws. (This dress also looks like one Claire Danes could have worn.) This dress is in apple red but is available in 44 other colors as well including sangria and persimmon. It costs $159.

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

Jane Krakowski, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington all took sparkle to the next level in allover sequin stunners at this year’s Emmy Awards, and now you can too in this fabulous frock! And who says that all dresses have to be full length to be fabulous? Christine Baranski, known for her role on “The Good Wife” but who will always be Leonard’s mom on “The Big Bang Theory” in my mind, wore a glittering shorter dress, to rave reviews (thank you Go Fug Yourself). The David’s Bridal-version comes in bronze with all over sparkle and costs $159.

I just went to my cousin’s wedding and spent about $160 on a new dress, which is a nice dress and all. But for the same money it seems I could have gotten a really fabulous dress. So the next time I need a special occasion dress, I’m going to check out my local David’s Bridal. What about you?

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2 Responses to 4 Ways to Get an Emmy Dress on the Cheap

  1. Leah Ingram on September 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I know, right? Glad you liked it.

    Leah

  2. Kristyn on September 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I am loving that last sparkly dress! Not what I expected from David’s Bridal but so lovely!

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