Looking for a great dress but don’t have a big budget? Don’t worry, there are a ton of online solutions that can help you find exactly what you are looking for. And better yet, most of these are name brands and designs that are simply from earlier in the season. Here are some of the best sites for online evening wear bargains:
Bluefly – This site always carries up to date and stylish items from the top designers at a small percentage of the cost. While the supply shifts constantly, you can search for your price range and return any dresses that don’t fit properly. Right now there are adorable dresses from French Connection and Nicole Miller for a $50 price. Bluefly is always one of my first stops when looking for something special for less.
Century 21 – For years this was a Manhattan flagship tourist shopping experience, but now you can get a lot of the items online, and let me tell you it is much easier than finding things in the giant store. Century 21 carries a wide variety of products, some low end and some exclusive designer items. While the more exclusive items are priced accordingly, you can find some real bargains here. Right now there are some cute Nine West and BCBGeneration dresses in the $50 price range, but you do need to check back often as the selection changes quickly.
Rent the Runway – Just want to wear the dress once? Why not rent a runway dress and wear it once before you return it. This way you can enjoy the latest creations from the top designers and all for u$75 or less. You do need to plan in advance if you want a particular dress, to make sure it is available for a specific date. But currently you can rent a Badgley Mischka gown. The service offers dresses in a wide variety of sizes.
Barney’s Warehouse – I once accidentally stumbled into a Barney’s Warehouse sale in Manhattan. It was quite a sight. Women stripping down and trying to squeeze themselves into weird sample sizes of designer clothes right in the middle of the room, security guards taking all bags, phones and everything else until the shopping chaos was over, it was an experience. These days you don’t have to be in Manhattan to experience the warehouse, you can shop it online. This is the real deal, so even if the pieces are often 70% off, many of them are still several hundred dollars apiece. BUT, if you are patient, you can make some real finds and end up with some true designer pieces for $75 and under.