ASK AMBER ANSWERS: cocktail dresses

Hey Amber!!

Formal session is starting up at SMU I need your help. Where can I find fun, different formal dresses or just cocktail dresses for this season? I am always looking for something someone hasn’t seen or doesn’t have and you are definitely the one who always knows where to go and what to look for.


Kate W., California

A: I always start by searching because they tend to have single pieces (so no one else can get it) of high end designers at 50-70% off.

I love this Marc Jacobs dress because of the velvet fabrication (perfect for fall) and the plunging v back. This will be perfect with sheer black nylons and some fab bling for your parent’s holiday party. At 70% off, this dress comes to $568.50. Still an investment piece, but designer always holds value so put it on ebay when you get tired of it.

Christopher Kane is fairly new on the scene but his runway dresses have earned him a permanent fixture in some of the highest end stores in the nation. This dress is somewhat of a collector’s item and it is 60% off. I suggest having your tailor it off, making it a sexy mini. Don’t forget to keep the organza top layer a bit longer- it is a strong look for the season, just ask Stella McCartney.

Check back for more formal season finds as the search continues.