Broke-Ass Category: Christen


Affiliate Disclaimer NewHiiiii! I know, I know … it’s been a while! That whole wedding and honeymoon thing really keeps a girl busy. Last time I checked in, I was a week or two out from my wedding and was finally having my meltdown moment. I was having the hardest time ever finding the right undergarment for my dress, and while I never found one that was perfect, I did luck out with one that worked pretty well. So let me fill you in on that before we get to recappin’.

Now that my wedding has come and gone, I can show you my dress so you have a better idea of my dilemma.

The back of the Amanda K Bridal Carmen Gown

Credit: Amanda K. Bridal

The satin gown has really thin straps, is super low in back and the sheer overlay covers … well, nothing. Because of my chest size, just adding cups wasn’t an option. I felt like I had scoured the Interwebz and I was just S.O.L., but I kept trying and eventually came across a post on a bridal message board from several years ago that offered some hope. A brand called dMondaine makes a slip/shaper that has a very low back along with straps that can be worn several ways.



Rita Shaping Slip by dMondaine, $160 at Net-a-Porter

I obviously couldn’t wear the straps down the middle of my shoulder blades like that, but luckily there were hooks on the very edge of the garment that made them come down on the side of my back … like right by my armpit. With the beading and other details on my dress, you couldn’t see the straps at all. I could not have been happier with that solution. But remember how I said it wasn’t perfect? Well that’s because the front of the slip was not as supportive as I would have liked. I really wanted it to hold the girls up and give me some killer cleavage … and it just didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, they looked good. Just not spectacular and sky-high like I prefer. Still, it was by far the best option I could find, so I went with it.

All in all, I was very happy with the outcome. I went from panicking daily to having a resolution, so it was a win. Hopefully my discovery can help out other sheer-back brides in the future. And don’t let my one issue dissuade you, either. If you have an A-C (and maybe even a small D) cup, I think it would be perfect for you.

How did you find your undergarments? Did you have any huge challenges? Share in the comments!

  • 10/20

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewOk, guys, I’m giving this column a go until I get one of you worthy darlings to step in for me (plz, do that. Email with #CAIGOI as the subject to apply. Details can be found here)! Until then, I’m scooting into the fashionista seat to see how I fare at finding you baller-ass Get Over It gowns. First up: Reader Sarah commented on this post asking:

    Am loving the style 16-03 from Berta’s 2016 collection! Would love if it’s below 2.5k … Could you help please!

    I gotchu, boo. Because all of the details of this regal gown together would add up to one hefty price tag, I’m going to include some body-skimming gowns, some killer lace detailing and some stunning low backs. Let’s see how I do, shall we?

    Can't Afford It

    Berta 16-03

    Berta Bridal 16-03, retails at ~$10,000

    Get Over It

    Blossom Gown by Etsy seller BridalSampleCloset

    Blossom gown, $825 from Etsy seller BridalSampleCloset

    Badgley Mischka Open Back Gown from ShopBop

    Badgely Mishka Open Back Gown, $695 at ShopBop

    Barthelemy Gown at Revolve

    Barthelemy Gown, $789 at Revolve

    Etsy LaceMarry Sexy open back wedding dress

    Sexy Open Back Lace Wedding Dress, $314 from Etsy seller LaceMarry

    Etsy WearYourLovexo Fiona Dress

    Fiona Dress, $1440 from Esty seller WearYourLoveXO

    Etsy LaceBridal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress

    Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress, $458 from Etsy seller LaceBridal

    Katie May Monaco Gown from ShopBop

    Katie May Monaco Gown, $$1950 at ShopBop

    Revolve Mariella Stone Cold Fox

    Mariella Gown by Stone Cold Fox, $620 from Revolve

    Etsy LaceMarry Extraordinary Asymmetric Illusion Gown

    Asymmetric Illusion Neckline Gown, $364 from Etsy seller LaceMarry

    Katie May Charleston Dress from Shopbop

    Katie May Charleston Dress, $1650 from ShopBop

    And with all the money you’ll save with these gowns, you can totally afford a cape:

    BHLDN Sonora Cape

    Sonora Capelet, $170 from BHLDNEtsy VannaBridal Cape

    Bridal Cape, $35 from VannaBridal

    Etsy LoveSparklePretty Farrah Capelet

    Farrah Capelet, $220 from Etsy seller LoveSparklePretty

    Etsy LennyUzan Bridal Cape

    Tulle Cape, $65 from Etsy seller LennyUzanEtsy JuniperandGrace Kate wedding cape

    Kate Capelet, $55.02 from Etsy seller JuniperandGrace

    Well, Sarah, how’d I do? That Berta gown is seriously one of a kind, but with a little ingenuity and the right pieces, you can easily put together a similar look for wayyyy under budget!

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.

  • 9/13

    DIY or DIE arbor decoration

    We love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We're huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that's far from the only paper decoration option. For this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design…

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    Finding wedding stationery that suits you and your partner's style while not costing an arm and a leg can be one helluva daunting task, especially as stationery is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding style. With options ranging from huge mass-printing sites to small bespoke boutiques, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to begin. Which is why…

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  • 8/3

    Things Remembered Monogrammed Flasks

    Choosing what to give your bridal brigade as a thank you for standing by your side (and making sure you were nice and toasty during your bachelor/ette bash) is no small decision. You want to make sure it's something meaningful, but preferably that they'd actually use, too. You don't want to spend a bajillion dollars, but you don't want to go Dollar Store cheap, either.…

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    Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce from Matthews 1812 House

    As if it even needs mentioning, we're suckers for some yummy food and delish beverages. I mean, #duh, right? Natch, we like to spread the wealth and share our fave goodies with our friends, family and even wedding guests (we've been known to espouse the concept that favors should be skipped unless they can be eaten or drank). So, for this Five for Friday, we're…

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    Mixbook Photo Book Cover

    It's been a hot second since we've done a good Five for Friday around here, and I'm switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y'all) and I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I'm super stoked I went this route…

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  • 6/24

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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