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Look for Less: Ralph Lauren Tiered Ballgown

This Spring season marked Ralph Lauren's 40th year in business. The designer pulled out all the stops on the runway to celebrate the momentous occasion, including a series of stunning looks inspired by My Fair Lady. Get the look for less with this affordable, suspiciously similar black-and-white tiered ballgown (above right) from, of all places, JCPenney.

Left: A look from Ralph Lauren's Spring 2008 collection
Right: Tiered Prom Ballgown at, Was $180.00, Now $90.00

Exclusive: Regent's Secret Invitation

Above: ABS Deep V-Neck Halter in Teal, orig. $200 now $29.99; Dream Society 'Bella' Cardigan, orig. $138 now $25 (ordered mine today), both at Regent's Secret

There's a new, private, members-only retailer on the block that offers leading fashion brands to its members at discounts of up to 70% off retail prices. It's called Regent's Secret, and each private sale lasts for only a short period of time or until all of the products being offered are sold.

Membership can only be obtained via invitation from an existing member or from Regent's...and that's where we come in! Regent's Secret has extended a special invite to all Budget Babe readers. In the interest of full disclosure, they're also offering the referrer (that would be me) 5% of total sales that my fashionista friends make - but wait, there's more! Join now using the link below, then invite your friends and earn 5% of all their purchases in cash or merchandise for life!!

Click here to join Regent's Secret now.

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Look for Less: DVF Wrap Dress

Looks like Forever 21 isn't the only one knocking off Diane von Furstenberg's covetable designs. For sleek sophistication with a graphic edge, take your pick of Victoria's Secret version of this black and white wrap dress (left) or Diane von Furstenberg's (right). I'd say go for the original, on sale now for the reasonable price of $182 at

Left: Curvy jersey wrap dress at, Was $79 Now $69
Right: Diane von Furstenberg Darcy wrap dress at, Was $365 Now $182

Which would you buy? The original? The knock-off? Neither?