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Inaugural Gowns for Every Budget

The inauguration is fast approaching, and Michelle Obama isn’t the only one who wants to wear a beautiful dress to the ball. We’ve combed stores for the best gowns for all figures, occasions, and budgets and come up with several great options. Whether you’re headed to an official ball, a gala, or just a great party in your friend’s backyard (heated, we hope!), you’re sure to find something fabulous in our list.
We love the ruffled slate silver jacket on this Calvin Klein number from Macy’s. It’s belted and chic, and it shows off a curvy figure to perfection. We’re not wild about the skirt, but you could wear it with a long, black evening skirt for a mix-and-match look. $103.50,
Single-shoulder straps made strong showings on spring runways, and this Greek-inspired gown is right in step. Plus, the pale color is sure to stand out in a predictable room of black. Just be careful with the red wine! $860,
Don’t be afraid to wear prints—like this abstract dress by Kay Unger. The flattering strapless shape (another strong trend for spring) and flowing lines look good on almost any figure. $530,
You’ll turn heads in this cobalt-blue skirt and top by Tadashi. Instead of looking matronly, the two-piece combo has a fresh pop in this saturated color. Add some simple jewels and let the dress do the talking for you. $426,
Pair this simple Badgley Mischka Platinum Label strapless dress with an ornate necklace or standout earrings for a look that’s totally Academy Award-worthy. $995,
Don’t be afraid to vamp it up in a red dress—this one by ABS is showy enough in color but simple in style, making it perfect for evening events long after Inauguration Day is over. $260 (sale price),
We’re in love with this floor-length, white sequined dress, the finale from Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring runway collection. The only brick-and-mortar store it’s available at is Barneys Co-Op Chevy Chase. Planning a beach wedding or contemporary affair? It’s also been popular as a wedding dress. $2,100, or Barneys Co-Op.

The color of this Vera Wang belted dress is flattering with almost any skin tone, and the belt adds a pop of modern. We’re in love with just about everything about it—including the deeply discounted price. $358, but currently on sale for $268.50,

Have you already purchased your inaugural gown? What are you wearing? We want to know! Tell us about it or leave a link to it in the comments below! 

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