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Budget-Friendly Black Tie Dresses

Unless you're a Real Housewife, black tie dresses probably aren't a part of your typical monthly clothing budget. More likely, after just a few hours of small talk and champagne, that "oops-I-spent-my-rent-money" dress hibernates in your closet for weeks on end, making it a pretty big buzz kill—no matter how many compliments it got on that one special night.

To make things simpler, we've found a handful of affordable black tie options that look anything but cheap. Through bold tailoring, structured shapes and eye-catching fabrics, they'll outshine many of the more expensive gowns at the ball, gala, wedding or whatever. (Which just means, of course, more cash for clothes you actually can wear everyday. Double win.)

For your inner Bond girl.

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