Often the drama is in the details, so don't blow your budget on the dress. Save some for accessories.
Here's a look at the season's offerings from Marley Station Mall's Melissa Teague, who says this year's theme is whimsical fun and individuality:
UShoes. Anything with embellishments is in. That means flowers, sequins, bows, buckles, rhinestones and/or fringe (but, Teague points out, not all on one shoe). Styles run the gamut from strappy sandals to slip-ons, mules and even flats (great news if your boyfriend is on the short side).
UBags. Evening bags take cues from the shoes and are embroidered, dotted with beads and sequins or flower-studded. Pick a bag that will be not only a place to hold your keys, but a conversation starter as well.
UJewelry. Colorful crystal chokers replace strands of pearls, but the hip place to decorate this year is the wrist. Add a light-catching rhinestone bracelet for a complete look.