8/27 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! House of Mooshki’s Daisy for Under $400

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Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week — or has already started — here in Northeast Ohio, and there’s something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie Grease. Maybe it’s because that’s how the movie begins … Anyway, the tail end of summer’s soundtrack is always a Grease medley for me. (Ok now I’m totally dating myself, whatever. ) I may or may not know the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” well enough to sing karaoke. Even my local drive-in movie theater (which I still have yet to get to this year) plays some of the same vintage commercial trailers that you see in the movie.
Right on cue comes reader Hannah’s nostalgia-filled request (via comment on this CAI/GOI post), complete with a full, tea length skirt, a ’50’s vintage vibe and some swiss dot fabric:

I can’t afford this dress and I need to get over it! What I love about this dress is that it screams me: polka dots, a bow, pretty pearl buttons. It’s feminine but not overwhelming, quirky, cute, and fun. My future honeydew and I don’t have a whole lot to work with so I would like to spend under $400 on my dress! Help, please, and thank you! <3, Hannah

Well aren’t you adorably polite, Hannah! A veritable Sandra Dee! Thank you for submitting your request, now let’s see what we can find!

Can't Afford It

House of Mooshki Daisy 1

House of Mooshki Daisy 2

House of Mooshki Daisy, >$2,000

Get Over It

Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress

1950’s Style Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress, $138 at Unique Vintage

Polka Dot Tea Length 50's Wedding Dress MillyCouture

Polka Dot Tea Length 50’s Wedding Dress, $199 by Etsy seller MillyCouture

Candy Dot Dress AmandaArcher

Candy Dot Dress, $385+ by Etsy seller AmandaArcher

BHLDN Chloe Dress

Chloe Dress by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown, $350 by Etsy seller EllanaCouture

1950's Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress Unique Vintage

1950’s Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress, $98 at Unique Vintage

(TWO FIGURE PRICE TAG)

1950's Style Swiss Dot Sundress xtabayvintage

1950’s Style Swiss Dot Sundress, $325 by Etsy seller xtabayvintage

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress, $160+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

J.Crew Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon

Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon, $295 at J. Crew

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress MichyLouDotCom

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress, $350 by Etsy seller MichyLouDotCom

BHLDN Celia Dress

Celia Dress by Hitherto, $180 at BHLDN

(Other colors available at different price points.)

1950's Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress

1950’s Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress, $358 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Retro Polka Dot Illusion Wedding Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Illusion 3/4 Sleeve Wedding Dress, $180+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Aisle Be There Dress ModCloth

Aisle Be There Dress in Lily by Trashy Diva, $165 at ModCloth

1950's Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat

1950’s Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat, $399 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Kennedy Blue Ashton

Ashton Dress, $160 at Kennedy Blue

(Also in white.)

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress, $165+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Add a petticoat slip (maybe in a bright color?) under a fuller skirt for that ’50’s retro vibe, and rock out in a beehive or victory rolls ‘do! Take it up a notch by learning to swing dance for your first dance with your boo. 

Hannah, I hope some of these alternatives will help you to find the pinup-inspired gown of your dreams! Let me know in the comments below! I’ll just be over hear craving a vintage soda float with the soundtrack to Grease stuck in my head. 😉

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.
Lisa Paladin is the owner of Event Plan-It, a wedding planning and design company located in The Heart of It All. Lisa loves helping creative couples to plan EPIC weddings without any highway robbery, and believes there is no such thing as too much glitter. Or color. Or animal print. Lisa is a volunteer cat/kitten foster mom, a collector of neon things, an Argentine Malbec aficionado, a treehugger, a dabbler in all things crafty and a word nerd (despite excessive use of exclamation points and parenthetical statements). Follow Lisa on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, or email Lisa at info (at) eventplanit (dot) com about your Cleveland wedding or The Walking Dead.