Where can I find a little black dress for less than $50?

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Answered by: Jenna, An Expert in the Budget Style - General Category
Every woman needs a little black dress hanging in her wardrobe--it's one of those classic pieces that is flattering on everyone and can be used in virtually any situation. This essential piece can be found in virtually every store that sells women's clothing, from Walmart to Bloomingdale's.

Finding a stylish yet affordable little black dress, however, can be more of a challenge. In my own experience, I've gone to many stores in search of the perfect black dress: Macy's, JC Penny, H&M, New York and Company. While these stores do have great selections, and I've been tempted to buy a dress from all of them, their dresses don't quite fit into my college student's budget. If any of you are in the same situation--in search of a unique, cute, and affordable black dress--I would confidently point you all in one direction: Forever Twenty-one.

This store, despite it's name, has clothing that is easily appropriate for women up to 50 years of age, if not older. While this store may require you to do a bit more searching and digging while you're there than a department store might, the vast array of styles, sizes, and types of clothing make it a sure-fire stop during your shopping trip--there's something there for everyone! Because of this, you're sure to find a little black dress that is perfect for you: unique, sassy, girly, punk, or sweet.

You can find dresses with umpire waists and drop waists, dresses with sleeves and without, dresses that are loose and flowy or tie around the waist, long dresses and short. The dresses you'll find are also made of many different types of fabrics, from cottons and jerseys to chiffons and silks, so you can find a formal dress just as easily as a casual one. In one store, you are able to find a little black dress for any occasion: dinner parties,weddings, graduations, clubbing, sweet sixteens.

The average little black dress at Forever Twenty-one runs from $24.99 to around $50.00, and will hold up for many events and cycles of the washing machine. Also, because these dresses are so affordable, you'll have extra money to spend on accessories that will give a timeless dress a different feel each time you wear it. Forever Twenty-One has a large variety of affordable accessories as well, most of which range from $3.99 to $14.99, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, headbands, hats, and scarves. Many of these accessories--the earrings, in particular--come in value packs that include more than one piece; this gives you more bang for you buck, and allows you to express different styles with the same few pieces--all while spending less money than you would on a single dress from another store!

I have yet to find another store that has a larger selection of fashionable black dresses at such an affordable price, or one that has a greater variety of styles of little black dresses for such a range of ages as Forever Twenty-One. My own little black dress, which I purchased two years ago, is still hanging in my closet, looking like brand new after many wears, and I've never been at an event where another woman has had a black dress that was even similar to mine. So, you want a little black dress that will give you confidence and a unique style while saving your bank account, look no further than Forever Twenty-one

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