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It’s award season here in the ol’ Americana. VMA’s last week, Emmy’s last night… No more ceremonies until the Golden Globes on January 18th (followed by the Academy Awards in February). This gives us PLENTY of time to a) find a way to get in and b) find the PERFECT dress without breaking the bank!

…Okay, so the chances of us getting into the Globes is probably slim… But there’s no excuse why anyone should NOT have a beautiful evening dress in their closet. The biggest trends in eveningwear this season are classic silhouettes and old-school glamour. This means beautiful wavey hair and platform peep toes are decorating red carpets, along with every length of gown inspired by beautiful women from the 50’s, 60’s, AND 70’s. It’s a pretty wide range of possibilities this season, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t poor choices to be made! Stick to clean lines and black/white gown with gorgeous embellishments and glamorous details. Keep the jewel-toned dresses for cocktail parties and dressy dinners. Here are a few picks from the Emmys on Sunday night (Click photos to enlarge):

Even a very pregnant Christina Aguilera (the QUEEN of anachronismic beauty) looks freakin’ fabulous in a satin Valentino dress. The black on white style will never, ever, ever die. EVER. It’s too classy, and too good-looking with a pair of SUPER red lips.

I stand corrected! This gorgeous gown on Rebecca Romijn is straight out of the 20’s/30’s in vintage Guy Laroche. From the draping, to the beading to the finger-waves in her short blonde hair… This is a total winner when it comes to gowns.

A sorta-newcomer to the red carpet, Ellen Pompeo (or Meredith Grey, as we all know her) has totally nailed it in a black, strapless Michael Kors number. The elegant bouffant and the narrowed waist are totally punctuated with her already-beautiful skin and features.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what’s chic and hot for your next black tie event, let’s find some cheaper versions of these winners (brought to you by GoJane).

This is GoJane’s “Milan Dress” ($64.99), and that’s exactly where I see it. The clean white in contract to the black trim would look great against any skintone, and the tulle beneath the skirt is perfect if you’re waist is tiny, but your hips are a little larger. Wear with delicate (not overbearing) jewelry, and an updo. But really keep it minimal with the accesories, and pair with a simple black clutch and, if it’s chilly, an elegant scarf. Also available in pink (no!) and black with white trim. Show off those shoulders, girls!

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This dress gives me the chills… This is GoJane’s “Radek Dress” ($97.99). Talk about Veronica Lake’s Oscar dress! Down the center of the dress is a beautiful rhinestone design that ends in a slit to the floor. The gentle rouching down the middle offers some forgiveness for not-so-tight-tummies, while the low scoop top shows off a beautiful décolletage. And do I really need to say anything about the back of the dress? Let’s just say… Leave the strapless bra at home. But if you’re really paranoid about freeing the girls, try this, this, or this. Also available in gold for no apparent reason.


1955, hello! I can’t get over this dress. GoJane presents the “Fabrizia Dress” ($68.99). A delicate white halter dress is decorated by a BEAUTIFUL wide lace “belt” around teh waist with a satin-esque ribbon to really cinch it in. This dress also has a tulle petticoat, but it’s not a show-y one. The only issue I forsee with this dress (or at least a hassle) is that the halter is a button closure, so it’s not really adjustable. But it’s SO CUTE and original! Better for a busty girl trying to keep the girls in line. Also available in black with white lace.

There are tons of reasons you can create to wear a black tie dress! My friends and I used to pool together and rent a limo to take us to town and just show up in semi-fancy places just to see the odd looks we’d get… But our attire wasn’t NEARLY this chic. Go find some places to go, ladies!

xoxo.