Once Upon A Dress: 9 Frocks To Please Your Inner Princess

Once upon a time we urban ladies lived in only our leather jackets and combat boots, but there's something admittedly instinctual: our weak spot for classic cut, kiss-a-prince, find-that-missing-glass-slipper princess dresses. Let's blame it on our recent obsession with all things fairy tale, namely Sunday-night sofa dates with Once Upon A Time. Still, no matter what the reason, this holiday season's dress research keeps throwing us shape after shape that has us sashaying across the floor from designers that run the gambit from relatively practical to royalty-exclusive reaches. Maybe it's our extended Kate Middleton hangover (come on, it made a GREAT drinking game) or our inexplicable fondness for our Disney princess halloween costume, but we're suddenly wishing these dresses were office-party appropriate. From the well-priced to the dresses that only make appearances in our dreams — ah ODLR, if we only had a cool seven grand and a casual midnight ball to attend — these gowns will get you feeling like royalty faster than your own fairy godmother.
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Stop the clock before midnight in this precious platinum number.

Alice+Olivia Mei Cocktail Dress, $675, available at MyTheresa.
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We know, we know, INSANE, but hey, a princess can dream. Sigh with us, please, at this royal reach.

Julien Macdonald Jacobite Tartan-Print Silk-Chiffon Gown, $9,400, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Exactly what we would wear for our coronation, with the added bonus that our leather jacket would look great on top.

Lucy In Disguise Chaplin Sequin Midi Dress, $545, available at MyTheresa.
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For when you're channeling Princess Grace rather than Cinderella herself.

Mango Drapped detail gown, $123.79, available at Mango.
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Here's our reality check: simple, sweet, and definitly says (not screams) princess.

Anthropologie Polished Platinum Dress, $388, available at Anthropologie.
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About as belle of the ball as we're willing to go — Oscar's glamour is well suited for any soiree.

Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Tulle Gown, $6,950, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Skip the crown. Sequin bodices are totally royal, and thankfully the price tag is not.

Miss Selfridge Nude Sequin Bodice Dress, $89.44, available at Miss Selfridge.
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Named like the Sleeping Beauty herself, get ruched in this watercolored rose Aurora Dress daytime look.

Tibi Aurora Print Sleeveless Dress, $418.60, available at Shopbop.
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Unreal price, unreal piece, maybe it'll come with an unreal prince! 

Temperley London Long Honeysuckle Dress, $2,585, available at Shopbop.