So you're not up for an Academy Award (this year). That doesn't mean you can't put together a stunning red carpet look for Oscar night. Maybe you're heading out to an Oscar party with friends or to another formal event for the evening. You need to look stellar on the cheap, and we're here to help you make it happen.
We've put together an A-list of glamorous dresses -- at inexpensive D-lister prices -- that are perfect for any red carpet event you choose to cruise this Oscar night. Here are 10 glitzy gowns that will beckon your favorite celebrity style -- all for under $190 each and some as low as $40 and $50.
10 Inexpensive Red Carpet Worthy Gowns
If you loved the navy blue Oscar de la Renta gown that Lea Michele of Glee wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards, then check out the New Hollywood Glamour Dress ($169.99) from ModCloth (shown at right). This version is much simpler and, obviously, much easier on your pocketbook than an Oscar de la Renta.
Jewel tones have been seen up and down the recent red carpets, and turquoise is one of the boldest and prettiest. Pair this Irresistible Maxi Dress ($178) and its gorgeous open neckline from Anthropologie with some strappy metallic sandals, and all eyes will be on you this Oscar night.
Black, simple, and elegant is always a hit on Academy Awards night. This Iron Heart One Shoulder Black Maxi Dress ($48) from LuLu's is all of the above.
This amazingly cheap but oh-so-lovely Mossimo Multi Style Convertible Maxi Dress ($34.99) from Target is perfect for Oscar night as well as many other future evenings out.
What better time to show off your hourglass figure than on Oscar Night? Amber Riley (Glee) showed off her figure in black at the SAG Awards, and you can show off yours in something similar, like this va-va-voom Rosette One Shoulder Dress ($188) from Caché.
Both Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis (Black Swan) looked gorgeous in green gowns at the Golden Globe Awards. Go green and Grecian yourself in this One-Shoulder Emerald Chiffon Long Dress ($136) from MyBridalDress.com.
White always looks stunning on the ruby walk of fame. Natalie Portman wore white to accept her last two Best Actress awards. Here's a simple white beauty for your own all-star night out -- the Strapless Pleated Betsy & Adam Dress ($150) from Macy's.
Sofia Vergara of Modern Family is not the only one who can make royal blue pop. You can too in this Stretch Satin Halter ($148) at Caché.
Do you have any big plans for Oscar Night 2011?