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20-40-60 Etiquette: Where can I find Oscar-worthy gowns?

Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Helen Ford Wallace answer your etiquette questions. Linda Miller is the guest.

QUESTION: When I watched the Academy Awards program, I thought that all of the women looked beautiful. There was much commentary about the lovely evening dresses. I imagine all of the dresses cost a fortune, so my question to you is where do I find dresses that really look good and well made and don't cost so much?

CALLIE’S ANSWER: There are many websites that showcase very nice, well-made dresses. Do some digging and ask some friends where they usually shop or look. Happy Spring Shopping!

LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: Yes, those beautiful dresses cost a fortune, and I think some of them come directly from the designers who are thrilled with the opportunity to show off their work to such a large audience. But to try to duplicate the looks you liked, the Internet is your friend, as are the fashion magazines who pore over the styles and then package them nicely for readers.

These days, websites that post photos of the styles from the Academy Awards often will include links to websites that carry that exact dress or give you ideas for how you might be able to adapt that look yourself. Online many times, you'll see dots on the photos of the stars’ clothing and if you let your cursor hover over the dot, it will offer a popup alternative to the dress. Then, a month or so later, many fashion magazines will cover the Oscars in a spread and then include side-by-side features like “get the look” for less money.

HELEN’S ANSWER: It is a real treat for everyone to watch the Academy Awards to see the beautiful well-made dresses. So many of the women look wonderful. To find those types of dresses at a price you can afford can be a challenge. Look at your local stores for things that you like and find out if they have sales and then watch for them to go down in price. Check the outlet stores and local seamstresses. Wedding shops and department stores have wonderful formal dresses.

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