What To Wear: Formal Weddings

Megan - 
 A friend of mine asked me to go to a wedding with him in November and just sprung on me that it's a black-tie event, so I'd need a long dress.  Now,  My budget is pretty tight at around $40, so I was thinking a fancier solid colored maxi dress and accessorizing with nice jewelry. Do you have any advice on where I could start (ie. online, which stores..) or what an acceptable, cheaper alternative would be?
Thanks in advance,
                          Formally Speaking

Getting all glitzed up on budget isn't always the easiest but it can be done, and I think you're on the right track with the maxi dress idea. I've become quite a fan of Asos.com with their free shipping and returns, which makes getting items online a lot less stressful. Other choices on a budget include Forever21, Dillards, Macy's and even H&M. Here's a couple of 'gowns' I stumbled upon for under $50. Goodluck! 
- M
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Glamourous with a Halston vibe, perfect with gold or silver accessories and a metallic strappy heel. (Also Avail. In Coral and Lime)
Maxi Slip Dress, Forever21 $15.50
Easily dressed up with a touch of etherial glam. (Also Avail. in Navy, Black, Amber, and Ginger)
Embellished perfection, keep accessories simple yet sophisticated.
Built in accessories? Sure. The open back gives a little sex appeal to the high neckline.