Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


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Dudes, let’s face it. When it comes to saving money for your wedding, every single penny counts. One of the easiest ways to trim down your budget is to cut down the costs of small things, like fashion accessories. Our friends over at The Tie Bar have an immense assortment of pieces for guys, in a wide range of options. Here’s a list of items you can find under $25, but not all of them. We encourage you to venture through their site and check out all the styles they have—and check out their blog for a bevy of great inspirations.

Items to Feature:
The Tie Bar Brewhouse Herringbone wool tie

Brewhouse Herringbone wool tie, $19
The Tie Bar Carpenter Checks cotton tie

Carpenter Checks cotton tie, $19
The Tie Bar Bulletin Dot linen tie

Bulletin Dot linen tie, $19

Clearly, they are going to have a HUGE selection of ties. Even better, they come out with new styles every season alongside their tried-and-true staples.

The Tie Bar Bowties
The Tie Bar Checkmates BowtieCheckmates, $19

SO. MANY. BOWTIES. They have a very wide selection of styles, colors & fabrics—and they’ll all under $25!

The Tie Bar Tie Bars
Tie Bars, $15 Each

Tie Bars are a great way to polish your look and get that Mad Men style.

The Tie Bar Gingham Pin

Petite Gingham lapel pin, $8
The Tie Bar Knit Flower

Lapel Flower, $5
The Tie Bar Danbury Plaid Pin

Danbury Plaid lapel pin, $8

Don’t want to go with a froofy boutonniere? Opt for a lapel pin! The Tie Bar’s are super affordable, so you can have the entire groom party wear ‘em.

The Tie Bar Deep Blue Square Cufflinks

Deep Blue Square cufflinks, $20
The Tie Bar Silk Knots Cufflinks
Silk Knots cufflinks, $20 for 3

If your shirt has French cuffs, you’ll need cuff links. Many retailers charge serious dough for them, but The Tie Bar has an affordable selection.

Socks, $8 Each, $20 for 3-Pack

Socks are a VERY inexpensive way to personalize your look, especially for the quirky groom. We love when the groom party has coordinated socks — they make for some great photography.

The Tie Bar Dotted Dots pocket square

Dotted Dots pocket square, $10
The Tie Bar Solid Knit pocket square

Solid Knit pocket square, $10

These give a nice pop to a suit and elevate a look. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know how to style pocket squares, we have a post to help you out!

Now put those pennies back in your pocket and go out and be stylish.

Any accessories you’ve got your eye on? Let us know in the comments, or share it with #brokeassbride on Instagram!

  • 9/22

    Affiliate Disclaimer New

    Hey BABs! Thanks so much for hanging in there as we work our way through all the requests for help with finding alternate gowns. While you’re waiting for us to get to your request, don’t forget that you can use the search bar in the upper right to see posts we’ve written about your gown’s designer, or just pop in “can’t afford it” to see all the CAI / GOI posts for inspiration. 

    And now for today’s post, to tackle reader Stefanie’s request:

    I recently came across your site and saw a number of blogs where you assisted other brides in finding a similar dress to one they love but cannot afford. I have found myself in the same predicament. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Allure Couture style C243. It’s a beautiful vintage looking lace dress with a very slight a-line shape. I love the narrower skirt as I wanted something between a ballgown and mermaid/trumpet. Can you help me find something similar? I’d be forever grateful! Thank you!!

    You got it, Stefanie!

    Can't Afford It

    Allure Couture C243

    Allure Couture C243, $2,000+

    Get Over It

    Waterfall Sweetheart Lace Mermaid Beaded Wedding Gown by Tulle and Chantilly

    Waterfall Sweetheart Lace Mermaid Beaded Wedding Gown, $480 at Tulle and Chantilly

    Sweetheart A-Line Tulle and Lace Wedding Dress

    Sweetheart A-Line Tulle and Lace Wedding Dress, $900 at David’s Bridal

    La Femme Strapless Sweetheart Lace Column Gown

    La Femme Strapless Sweetheart Lace Column Gown, $398 at Neiman Marcus

    For Love and Matrimony Wedding Dress in White

    For Love and Matrimony Wedding Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth

    Allover Lace A-Line Strapless Wedding Dress

    Allover Lace A-Line Strapless Wedding Dress, $450 at David’s Bridal

    Market Gown by Stone Cold Fox

    Market Gown, $815 at Stone Cold Fox

    JS Collections Sleeveless Soutache Dress

    JS Collections Sleeveless Soutache Dress, $195 at Bloomingdales

    A-line All Over Beaded Corded Lace Wedding Dress

    A-line All Over Beaded Corded Lace Wedding Dress, $300 at David’s Bridal

    Tadashi Shoji Corded Tulle Strapless Gown

    Tadashi Shoji Corded Tulle Strapless Gown, $329 at Bloomingdales

    Beauty Beyond Words Wedding Dress in Ivory

    Beauty Beyond Words Wedding Dress in Ivory, $150 at ModCloth

    So Stefanie, what do you think of these lacy gowns with subtly flared skirts? Let us know if any of these wins you over! 

    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.
  • 9/15

    Modern Trousseau Sailor Gown

    Ahoy! Today's CAI/GOI request comes from reader Meredith, who commented on this post for some help finding a gown similar to Modern Trousseau's "Sailor." Meredith says: "I love everything about the the Modern Trousseau Sailor gown, the trumpet shape, the beautiful lace, but it is waaay out of my price range! Can you suggest any good alternatives in the $1,700 and under range?" I sure…

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    Amelia Sposa Nova

    Sometimes distance is a bigger issue than budget. BAB reader Mary explains in her comment to this post:  Hi! I need help getting over an Amelia Sposa gown: Nova. My budget is $2,000. This dress is under that, but it is strictly online ordering from Italy, and I need to physically be able to try on the dress so this one is out. My specifics: 1.…

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    Alphen from Bo and Luca

    Holy cow, you guys -- it's September! We have a perfect CAI/GOI request today to welcome the new month and soon to be fall-themed everything. No, it's not a pumpkin spice wedding gown (although if you see one, please share it with us in the comments!), but reader Sara needs some help getting over a lovely layered, long-sleeved number from Bo & Luca. She writes:…

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  • 8/31


    They add up! I mean when you buy things, they accumulate. Math was never my strong suit, but that is an easy one ... and holy shit. It's adding up. With under a month to go until our wedding, the time has come to concentrate on the little details. My mom and I collaborated on a giant list (109 items!) of stuff we need to…

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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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    Mikaella by Paloma Blanca Style 1961 back

    Hey BABs! You ready for a double-header? Reader Maggie asked if we had any ideas for budget-friendly versions of either the Mikaella's 1961 dress or the Maggie Sottero's Brecia gown. Both are lace fit and flare gowns with stunning keyhole, low back detailing and sweep / chapel trains. :DROOL: Maggie, the answer is YES! I've got ideas! That way-low open back detail is a toughie to find, but…

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  • 8/18

    Prospere Gown from BHLDN

    Today's CAI/GOI request is for a lovely French gown from designer Delphine Manivet. Reader Colette wrote in on this post asking us for some help. She loves the Prospere gown, a tea-length satin-cotton dress with half sleeves. The Prospere features a deep v-neck and side pockets (aka, flask caddies!), but is otherwise simple and sophisticated. It's classic, yet modern. Colette says: "It's so stunning, but…

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