Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


Affiliate Disclaimer NewOne of the things I really enjoy about fall and the approaching holidays is the fashion (it sure as shit isn’t the cold). I mean, once holiday lines hit stores it’s #sparkledress for daaaayyyyz, and I love that. But it also means that for you less traditional BABs out there, the abundance of billowy gowns in all sorts of shades and prints is multiplied by … well … a butt-ton.  Case in point: BHLDN‘s Holiday Capsule Collection is full of bold floral stunners perfect for a discerning bride on a budget. And, #duh, it’s Friday, so here are my five faves:

BHDLN Sage Dress

Sage Dress, $440

Are you kidding me with this dress? I saw it, died, revived and then died again. *sigh* Sage, designed by Aidan Mattox (because, of course) has freaking pockets. YOU GUYS.
bhldn Audrey Dress

Audrey Dress, $280

This jacquard beauty from Adrianna Papell would be wedding perfection — and that price tag is just straight sexy.

BHLDN Cora Ball Gown

Cora Ball Gown, $329

Again with the pockets! This bright illusion-neck number, also by Adrianna Papell, is beyond beautiful. I love the mix of the jade-y teal, the powder pink and the dramatic black.

BHLDN Oliva Gown

Olivia Gown, $880

The drama of the red against the navy in this Badgley Mischka creation is RIDIC. And you can’t beat a flowing organza skirt, amirite?

BHLDN trisha Dress

Trisha Dress, $480

I love the silhouette and muted tones of this exclusive design for BHDLN from Phoebe by Kay Unger. The fitted bodice, full skirt and criss-cross back are just dreamy.

Which one of these floral beauties is your fave? Would you consider wearing any of them for your wedding day?


  • 10/1

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewBoy, did I have a challenge for today’s CAI/GOI post, you guys! Reader Lauren commented on this previous post with a request for an Anna Campbell look-alike. Specifically, she’s on the hunt for a gown like the “Lucinda,” which features all-over scalloped lace, a natural waist, and a sparkly, beaded belt. Finding a dress exactly like the “Lucinda” for under $1000 was tough, but I hope the dresses I’ve listed below come close to matching what you’re looking for in your wedding gown, Lauren. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItAnna Campbell Lucinda“Lucinda” by Anna Campbell, $2,999

    Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage 6792 Embroidered chiffon with appliquesMori Lee Voyage Chiffon Gown (Style: 6792), $699 at BestBridalPrices

    Francine BHLDNFrancine Gown From WTOO by Watters (Style: 33158528), $850 at BHLDN

    Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress 6916Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress (Style: 6916), $358 at

    Marys F15-6387 All-over lace bridal sheath gownMary’s Bridal All-Over Lace Gown (Style: F15-6387), $698 at BestBridalPrices

    Annabelle gown JcrewAnnabelle Gown (Style: A9654), $349.99 at J. Crew

    Ivory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress Dazzling Day on etsyIvory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress by Dazzling Day, $213.68 via Etsy

    Zora BHLDNZora Gown by Candela (Style: 36204204), $800 at BHLDN

    ERIN Fetherston Odette gownERIN Metallic Ivory Floral Lace Woven “Odette” Sleeveless Gown by Erin Fetherston (Style: 359652801), $244.30 at Bluefly

    Wtoo by Watters Pallas“Pallas” from WTOO by Watters (Style: 11502), $988 at BestBridalPrices

    Bohemian Wedding gown by cocon bridal via etsy“Abba” Bohemian Wedding Gown by Cocon Bridal, $820 via Etsy

    Brooke-Chiffon-Lace-Bridesmaid-Dress-White“Brooke” Lace and Chiffon Gown, $190 at Kennedy Blue

    Canyon Moon Mesh Gown from free peopleCanyon Moon Mesh Gown From Spell & the Gypsy Collective x Free People (Style: 35937671), $775 at Free People

    Eden Silver Label SL063 luxe chiffonEden Silver Label Luxe Chiffon V-neck Gown (Style: SL063), $600 at BestBridalPrices

    Marivana Lace Gown BHLDNMarivana Lace Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 35575612), $650 at BHLDN

    French Lacy Wedding Dress Chiffon by paulastudio via etsyFrench Lacy Chiffon Wedding Dress by Paula Studio, $700 via Etsy

    Adrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace GownAdrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Gown (Style: 8589544), $220 at

    Some of these dresses lack a bling-y embellished belt, but not to worry. We’ve got that covered too! I think your best bet may be to find a lace dress that matches the silhouette you like the most, and then add your own sash or belt to complete the look. Below are a few affordable options from Etsy, which is a great resource for finding sparkly belts and sashes in a huge range of prices and styles.

    FalabellaBridal beaded sashWedding Belt by FalabellaBridal, $24.90 via Etsy

    EventbyEunice wedding beltWedding Belt by EventbyEunice, $48.99 via Etsy

    BridalByCrysteliz silver wedding beltSilver Wedding Belt by BridalByCrysteliz, $54.99 via Etsy

    Princesa bridal sash by BellaCescaBoutique via etsy“Princessa” Bridal Sash by BellaCescaBoutique, $69 via Etsy

    Those are some sparkly belts! Remember, if you purchase a bridal belt separately, make sure you coordinate your sash color with the color of your dress. And if you’re DIY-savvy, the Interwebs abound with instructions for making your own bridal sash. So Lauren, how about those lovely lacy gowns above? Keep us posted on what gown you choose as THE gown for your wedding. Good luck, 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.
  • 9/29


    Choosing the right wedding band can be a tricky decision for some -- especially those on a smaller budget. Couples often don't want to throw down serious skrilla on a piece of jewelry for fear that they may lose it or some other stroke of bad luck may hit. And once the couple has nailed down how much they're comfortable spending, it's often difficult to…

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    Stephanie James Nadine

    What's a bride to do when she loses her job just before getting engaged? She writes to the BAB team for help, of course!  Dear BAB, I'm reading your book -- like it's the bible. I'm the brokest of BABs -- lost my job right before I got engaged! Our super generous parents have given us $15K to do with as we will, but after being unemployed…

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    Macy's Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Mermaid Gown

    Oh, guys, Macy's has a wedding shop. Did you know? No? Well, you're welcome. I stumbled upon it last week while browsing -- read, mindlessly shopping (as one does) -- and quite literally squealed in delight (and scared the cats) when I found it. BABs, She of the Beautiful Beads -- Adrianna Papell -- and He of the Clean Lines -- Ralph Lauren -- make…

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  • 9/11

    Black Halo Jackie Jumpsuit

    Happy Friday, BABs! You know how much we love a solid wedding dress around here, and while we're still on the fence about rompers (though they look super cute on some) we are definitely on board with wedding pants options. After digging through the archives and realizing we, um, haven't really covered wedding pants, I figured it was high time we had a Five for…

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    Maggie Sottero Phyllis

    Dearest BAB readers, you never cease to amaze me. Your taste in gowns is outstanding, and your requests are so humble, kind and grateful. Truly, it's my pleasure to help in whatever small way I can. This, week, though, reader Stefanie's request (in a comment to this post) hit like a punch to the gut -- because her generosity is precisely part of what makes her…

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  • 9/7


    There's a big trap I think BABs fall into very easily. When you're on a budget, and you're trying to move through a checklist quickly, it's easy to purchase something that isn't ideal or that is a step ahead of where you are in the process, just because it's on sale. Case in point: I bought earrings for the wedding in January. Nearly eight months ago!…

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