Henry David Thoreau distrusted any enterprise that required new clothes, which is why he abandoned his career as a French maid. Embrace bold new outfits with today's Groupon: for $60, you get $120 worth of dresses and accessories at The Perfect Dress, valid at two Fort Wayne locations.
The fashionistas at The Perfect Dress curate a collection of elegant wedding-day looks at their Jefferson Boulevard location downtown, as well as formal dresses and casual styles in their Glenbrook Square Mall spot. Within the mall location, hundreds of prom, homecoming, and special-occasion frocks await adoption. For school dances, only one of each dress style will be sold to students from each school, minimizing accidental doppelgänging and the mortification of showing up in the same gown as the principal. Cocktail-party attendees and wedding guests can array themselves in fine form ($55–$115), then snag jewelry and handbags ($15–$40) to complete the look. Meanwhile, casual summer dresses, pants, skirts, and tops celebrate mundane days and spruce up pop quizzes ($25–$65).
Downtown, bridesmaids can find looks from designers such as Andrew Adela and Impression, while proud mamas of brides and grooms can sheath themselves in designs by Jasmine and Sarah Danielle. During appointments for brides-to-be, consultants combine style and budget to find the most flattering wedding dresses from lines such as Casablanca Bridal and Lis Simon, starting at about $400 off the rack.