Unexpected Dresses

Fabulous frocks you won't want to hide.

GO GIRL: Contemporary, clean lines and simplicity have their place, but it's not in Sara's Selections Boutique in La Mesa. Here, girly glam is unapologetically on display in the form of decor, dresses, dangly accessories and everything in between. The entire store is packed with fun, trendy clothes to look at, and the prices hover around $20-$70 per dress. Sales shelves are generously stocked, also. Grab a refreshing drink down the street and prepare to browse.

RAG TIME: Classy cocktail parties aren't exactly the norm in Pacific Beach, but that doesn't mean you can't find a chic sheath for the occasion. The Fabulous Rag on Garnet combines well-fitted garments with splashy shirts and cutoffs so that you can get outfitted for any party that comes your way. The items on their website aren't even a little bit reflective of their great selection, so cruise down to the beach and see it for yourself.

SENSIBLE SPLURGE: Hundreds of dollars for a pair of pants? A dress that breaches the four-figure price tag? Sometimes you can justify splurging on haute couture labels, but what if you could also get your favorite names for hundreds less? Carolyn's Designer Resale at the bottom corner of Downtown features hand-picked dresses, tops, pants and accessories by designers such as Moschino, Peter Jensen for Top Shop, Herve Leger and many, many others. Prices are much lower than they would be new in stores, and the clothes are still in great shape.

FRIENDS AND TRENDS: Fashion show time! Fashion Valley Mall presents Simon Fashion Now September 11 and 12, which features free fashion shows, samples and a ticket lunch to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. On Saturday morning, don't miss Style Wars featuring students from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in a fierce fashion showdown, followed by interactive cosmetic and skin care demonstrations from Nordstrom, Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa, and MAC Cosmetics. Click here for the full schedule.

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