4/23 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Discontinued ModCloth Dress for Under $300

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Man, did I have a challenge for the Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! post this week! Alyssa commented on this CAI/GOI post with the following:

“Love this feature — it’s given me so many links to check out in my search for the perfect dress! Unfortunately, I’ve fallen in love with this ModCloth dress which is sadly discontinued. I love the lace and the halter top neckline. I’m trying to find something similar for under $300 !”

First off, thanks for the love, Alyssa! We love that you love BAB! Secondly, that dress is totally adorable! The floral lace in ModCloth’s “I Do Declare!” dress is delicate and feminine, while the short length keeps if fun and flirty. The halter neckline is not something you see too often in wedding dresses (hello, strapless everything), but it lends to the retro vibe that makes this dress unique. Finding a similar dress with both lace and a halter neckline (specifically, one with light, gauzy straps) was no easy feat, but here goes!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 3.39.11 PMI Do Declare! Dress from ModCloth, Discontinued

Get Over Itc779d1585697b3aaab3f3dec1a4d9cc9Jaunty Jive Dress, $59.99 at ModCloth

(This is currently out of stock but never fear! If you sign up, ModCloth will notify you when it’s back in action!)

7b63628e947c9f2842489042afa677cbThis Blissful Moment Dress, $149.99 at ModCloth

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Hailey Logan ‘Megan’ Cutout Textured Skater Dress, Item #1011643, $89 at Nordstrom

2273491-p-4xMax and Cleo Rose Cut Out Lace Dress, SKU: #8147943, $41.40 at 6pm.com

31018Mori Lee Affairs Bridesmaid Dresses, Style 31018, $174 at BestBridalPrices.com

3090396-p-4xBB Dakota Fenton Dress, SKU 8497261, $88 at Zappos

S9EQNDoZsE_Unique_Vintage_1950s_Style_Ivory_Midtown_Halter_Swing_Dress1950s Style Ivory Midtown Halter Swing Dress, Item #:P10214, $59 at Unique Vintage

il_570xN.620144872_p2xuVintage 1950s Lace Dress, $134 at PickledVintage via Etsy

il_570xN.607029077_bvccMarilyn Monroe Inspired Wedding Dress, $245 at DyStyle via Etsy

il_570xN.470717453_ekbgKnee Length Lace Wedding Dress, $217 at LaceMarry via Etsy

il_570xN.643301738_mw8mKnee Length Halter Neckline A Line Lace Wedding Dress, Style WD022, $158 at RoseHauteCouture via Etsy

BHLDN Chloe Dress

Chloe Dress, $250 from BHLDN

ivory-dress-ML-31005-dMori Lee Short Strapless Ivory Lace Dress, Style ML-31005, $99 at Simply Dresses

For the last dress, you could bring it to a seamstress and have them add on material to make it a halter neckline. And for $99 for the dress, you’d definitely still be under budget!

I hope one of these dresses is the one for you, Alyssa! The shorter length means they’re not only good alternative wedding dresses, but great options for showers, reception dresses, or (for as low as $41.40, WHAT!?), I’d justify wearing one on the couch whilst eating pizza just because. Broke-Ass Brides can be fancy pizza eaters too, you guys. Good luck with your search and happy shopping!

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
Caitlyn is a science nerd who also happens to love weddings, marriage, and sparkly dresses. Originally from NY, she is currently finishing up her graduate degree a few states over, while dabbling in beekeeping, gardening, and arts and crafts. Caitlyn believes there is no coffee cup too large, or NCIS marathon too long, and the perfect day ends with snuggling on the couch with her handsome partner and their fur babies.
  • BWAHAHA! “Broke-Ass Brides can be fancy pizza eaters too…” 😀 <3 Totally!

    Great work, Caitlyn! Love these shortie gowns!

  • Alyssa

    THANK YOU BrokeAssBride! Sorry I didn’t thank you sooner – wedding planning has been hectic! lol.
    But I just ordered the halter dress from Unique Vintage, I can’t wait for it to arrive! I think I’m even more in love with it than I was with the modcloth one! So, fingers crossed that it’s just as great when I see it in person, this story has a very happy ending! 🙂

    • Caitlyn

      That’s awesome to hear, Alyssa! Glad we could help you out!