Gala Time! 12 Amazing Evening Gowns Worth Swooning Over

Private celebrations and black-tie balls are some of our favorite events to attend in D.C. — the combo of beautiful gowns, amazing cocktails, and ultra-cool party venues can make a formal occasion feel like the senior prom you wish you'd had (well, kind of). So, now that you're working with an over-18 bank account, it's time to find a stunner that will turn some serious heads.
Considering the bevy of fancy affairs on the calendar — not to mention the possibility of some inaugural soirees on the horizon — we've rounded up the most covetable dresses around for your perusal. We've accounted for every budget (yep, even the shoestring ones!) and can guarantee these gorgeous frocks will make you a serious gala goddess.