14 So-Pretty Dresses Fit For An Inaugural Ball — All Under $200

UPDATE: You may not have a coveted ticket to the big inauguration, but that doesn't mean you can't dress the part. This story was originally published on December 27.
Washington's rep as a fashion-forward city may be a hotly debated topic, but come inaugural-ball season, all eyes are on D.C. ladies and their gorgeous cocktail duds and stunning column dresses. Whether you’ve scored D.C.’s version of the Golden Ticket — an invite to an official ball — or are hitting up the unofficial ones, you’re going to need the perfect getup to get you in.
But what’s a gal on a budget to do when the big shindig is just around the corner and there’s no fairy godmother in sight? We worked a modern-day miracle and compiled 14 of the most swoon-worthy formal frocks around. Even better? They're all under $200. Take that, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!

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