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Under $50: Red Dresses

I don't remember where I was, years ago, when a gas station attendant nodded at my bright red dress, saying "every woman should own one that color."

What I do remember was how it came off: way more sage than sex offender. Truly. The man was paying a little respect to the power of the aggressively red dress.

Swinging the scale from Sarah Palin power suit-y to vampy, Baywatch babe, those candy-apple colored dresses are always a force. Whether its a corporate and powerful force or a flirty, pin-up one is a matter of cut. But either way, red dresses command attention. Every woman should own one, I think—they're a smart investment, even more so if they're under $50, like each of these options.

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Follow Jennifer Lawrence's lead and pair it with a clean, high ponytail.

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The high neckline and slightly slouchy shape relax it just enough.

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Straddles the line between office-appropriate and date-ready, depending how you style it.

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Betty Boop would be so jealous.

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Dipped in coral, it gets a slightly softer spin.

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It'd look so fresh in a sea of white, neon and tie-dye beach coverups.

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What Taylor Swift would wear to be the most noticeable girl at the barbecue.

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Power dressing in its most casual, cozy form.

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The jolt of color lets you be a little lazy with accessories and jewelry.

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Steers clear of the sailor territory navy and white versions sometimes tip into.

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