Ruffles are nothing new, but Geren Ford introduced ruffles circling the neck with its Geren Ford Ruffle Neck Dress ($170, originally $365). It's the perfect way to dabble with the feminine style without being too trendy. Still, paying a high price for a style of dress that may be outdated sooner rather than later is not a smart way to shop.
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I was searching for a dress to wear at a friend's upcoming wedding when I was stopped by this Arden B. Silk Trapeze Dress ($30, originally $64). It's practically a carbon copy of the Geren Ford version! I just had to purchase the silver one, though that color is currently sold out. The black one will look sleek yet girly, perfect for a cocktail party.