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Q: Warmer weather means more parties and weddings ahead. Where can I find flattering, affordable dresses for events?

A: First off, I love Isaac Mizrahi's new dress collection: These expensive-looking numbers come in varying lengths and gorgeous colors, making them perfect evening or bridesmaids wear. Second, Georgina Chapman of red-carpet favorite Marchesa has a new line with JCPenney—and the pieces have the same showstopping style as her couture creations: Think fantasy ball gowns and princess-y evening dresses. Bonus: Everything in these lines is under $250.

Colored dresses: Isaac Mizrahi New York, $159 each; Nordstrom.com
Black gown: Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, $190; JCP.com