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Ask BB: Vanessa Hudgens' Silver Bandage Dress for Less

I will be celebrating my 21st birthday shortly and I am looking for the perfect party dress. I loved Vanessa Hudgens in the silver bandage dress and this is the type of look I am going for. Do you have any budget friendly recommendations? —Andrea

The bandage dress continues to be a go-to style for celebrities looking to turn heads! Here's the latest crop of budget-friendly bandage dresses that I found, starting with my top pick by French Connection:

French Connection at ShopStyle

Here's another great dress from Hurry, these are going fast at just $48.

More of my hand-picked options:

Hope you find your dream dress. Have a very Happy Birthday!

UPDATE 6/24/201: Vanessa's exact dress is by Pleasure Doing Business, $345 at The Trend Boutique:

She's cute but she needs to brush her hair.
#1 Tracie on 2011-03-02 15:11 (Reply)
Haha.. brush it, tame it, style it or burn it, I say! Totally agree with you on this one Tracie :-)
#1.1 Zoe - All For Style (Homepage) on 2011-03-02 16:35 (Reply)
pretty dresses!
thanks for sharing =)
i hope you find an awesome dress for your birthday!
#2 ANNIE (Homepage) on 2011-03-02 18:32 (Reply)
I like BB's suggestions (especially the French Connection one), but I'd also add that if you're flexible on color, Rent the Runway has some great REAL Leger options you can rent in the $100-200 range.

I've rented several Leger dresses before. They always fit perfectly, which is a concern in renting a dress (stretch fabric, FTW!) and the quality is just a million times nicer than the dresses I would have purchased.

I also think renting a dress is a genius idea for an event like a birthday, where your friends will probably post a million pictures of you in your dress on facebook. I don't know about you - but once an outfit makes a digital debut (and all 800 of my facebook friends see in in 100 different shots), I just don't feel like wearing it again anyway.

Just a thought!
#3 Meg on 2011-03-02 22:01 (Reply)
love this suggestion, i recently rented from for the first time and it was a fun, easy and affordable process. i usually wear a dress once, then it hangs in my closet for months until i donate it or give it away, so renttherunway is a great option to have!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-06-24 13:17 (Reply)
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