ONLY ON SUNRISE: Emmy gowns made affordable

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Along with showcasing the best of television acting, this week's Emmy awards also highlighted some great fashion. You might think those gorgeous red-carpet gowns are out of reach, but local experts say think again.

According to Stephanie Smith of David's Bridal, it's easy to take inspiration from celebs and make a gown your own.

She says many of the hottest Emmy trends are available locally, you just need to know what to watch for. Even if you don't have a red carpet to walk, Smith says you could rock the look for prom, homecoming, at a formal wedding, an orchestra performance, you name it.

She selected four key look, beginning with Dascha Polanco from "Orange is the New Black." Smith says the dress shows clean glamour. The princess ball gown had just a hint of sparkle at the waist and doesn't overpower the angelic tulle skirt.

Look for gowns with similar lines, she says. The sweetheart neckline and layers of soft tulle with give you a flattering shape. You can add the sparkle to a plain dress with an embellished crystal belt, or seek one out that has the detail already. David's Bridal says it's Oleg Cassini ball gown is a close match.

Another big trend on Emmy night, was alternative or illusion necklines. Smith says Kata Mara of Netflix's "House of Cards" wore one of the most talked about gowns.

You can mimic her beautiful white, flowing dress by J. Mendel by seeking a soft A-line silhouette with an illusion neckline.

The silhouette was stunning on Kate, Smith says, and the black petal embroidery popped against the sophisticated illusion netting for a dramatic look. The chunky stone detail on the neck adds just the right among of glam and fashion-forwardness to look right on par with Kate.

Metallic is another trend to try. Several leading ladies such as Amy Poehler, Hayden Panettiere and Taylor Schilling brought their best to the Emmys red carpet wearing trendy metallic gowns that either featured head-to-toe sparkle or a hint of shimmer.

Locally, fashionistas can incorporate this into their fall fashion with something like a glitter knit jersey dress.

Look for a long silhouette in flattering, metallic neutrals. Smith showed off a gown with a high jeweled halter neckline, reminiscent of Schilling's glamourous stunner.

Finally, jewel tones are big this season. The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch turned heads on the red carpet when she showed up in a gorgeous royal blue strapless gown by Pamella Roland.

Like Rauch, you'll want to find a strapless neckline that fits you perfectly. You can add a belt, as she did, to accent your figure and play up a sophisticated black-and-blue color combination.

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