Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


Affiliate Disclaimer NewBAB reader Christina messaged us on Facebook for some help finding a Berta look-alike. The inspiration gown is from the Spring 2016 collection and features long sleeves, a column silhouette, and an incredibly unique silver-tone net overlay. I feel like this particular Berta gown screams both sexy mermaid and sparkly winter queen. It’s super pretty! For similar gowns, I’ve focused on column or sheath silhouettes, with either long sleeves or sparkle (or both!). Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItBerta Gown 16-09BERTA Open Back Beaded Mesh Column Gown (Style: 16-09), $8,690 at Nordstrom

Get Over ItCibella Gown at BHLDNCibella Gown By Eliza Jane Howell (Style: 37869294), $2,000 at BHLDN

White by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalWhite by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351270), $1,199.99 at David’s Bridal

Sedona Gown at BHLDNSedona Gown By Lotus Threads (Style: 40262453), $1,200 at BHLDN

Sequin Wedding Dress by Etsy seller MakeMyDressesSequin Wedding Dress, $989 by Etsy seller MakeMyDresses

Theia Embellished Mermaid GownTheia Embellished Mermaid Gown (Style: 5251602), $1,295 at Nordstrom

Long Sleeve Illusion Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalGalina Signature Long Sleeve Illusion Lace Wedding Dress (Style: SWG762), $1,458 at David’s Bridal

Monica Gown at BHLDNMonica Gown From Wtoo by Watters (Style: 39501978), $1,550 at BHLDN

Theia Harlow Sequin GownTheia Harlow Sequin Gown (Style: THEIA30017), $1,495 at Shopbop

Long Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline at David's BridalLong Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline (Style: SWG719), $1,458 at David’s Bridal

Mermaid long sleeves lace beaded gown by etsy seller MakeMyDressesMermaid long sleeves lace beaded gown, $1,999 by Etsy seller MakeMyDresses

Badgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck GownBadgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown (Style: 0400088885285), $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Hand Beaded Sheath Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress at David's BridalWonder by Jenny Packham Hand Beaded Sheath Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress (Style: JP341616), $1,458 at David’s Bridal

Joslyn Gown at BHLDNJoslyn Gown By Theia (Style: 39044854), $1,495 at BHLDN

What do you think, Christina? Do any of these sultry gowns get your mind off the Berta beauty? Let us know in the comments!

Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

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.

  • 12/2

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.

    To kick it off, we’re getting cozy with some super soft, snuggly ideas. I don’t know about y’all, but cooler months make me a hardcore homebody. All I want to do is curl up with a super soft blanket, drink something warm and delicious and chill with my husband, baby and kitties. So in the spirit of the coldness to come (or that’s already arrived, for some of you!), here are some gift ideas we found on Etsy to make this winter extra snuggly.

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide: A Snuggly Winter

    Top row, left to right:

    Curl up under a massively chunky and soft merino wool blanket.
    Customizable Chunky Knit Blanket, $232+ from LaurenAstonDesigns

    Gone are the days when socks are boring stocking stuffers, especially if you’re gifting these beauties.
    Cable Knit Over The Knee Socks, $22 from RubyandGemma

    Your super chic friend will love this gorgeous candle holder.
    Glass Geometric Tea Light Holder, $55 from Waen

    Second row:

    She’s a little classy and a lot sassy.
    Soyphisticated Bitch Candle, $21 from BadAssCandles

    There’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function.
    Handmade Faux Fur PomPom Beenie, $38 from CapsbyColoween

    Third row:

    We all have that friend who really is a magical unicorn.
    Unicorn Mug, $19.95 from FourLetterWordCards

    Give your blogger friend the gift of warm fingers, and she’ll love you forever.
    Fingerless Gloves, $22 from RememberStella

    Cold nights by the fireplace (or space heater) can conjure up some creativity.
    The Creative Ramblings of a Restless Mind Journal, $12.95 from franticmeerkat

    Bottom row:

    A cute throw pillow says what we’re all thinking, amirite?
    The Snuggle Is Real Throw Pillow, $20 from PCBHome

    What’s a cozy evening without a mug of delicious hot chocolate?
    Classic Hot Chocolate Mix, $15 from WhimsyandSpice

    Happy shopping, Broke-Asses!

  • 12/1

    Matthew Christopher Tiger Lily

    Whew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y'all have some exquisite taste! This week, we're tackling reader Maria's request on this post: We are looking for a gown "inspired" by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called "Tiger Lily". We perused all the websites in your great article - do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000…

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    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Wedding

    Happy Monday, darlings! I hope you all had a great, restful Turkey weekend. As per usual, the holiday shopping has been kicked into high gear, and since finding a killer bargain is essential to any Broke-Ass wedding, I'd be remiss if I neglected to share these awesome Cyber Monday deals with you. Since Black Friday was a mashup of all the things, Cyber Monday's deals are concentrated…

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    Temperley London Saffron Dress

    The holidays are in full swing, but reader Amy's got more than turkey and cranberry sauce on her plate; she's on the hunt for two Temperley London gowns! She writes: "Hello! HEEELLLLPPP! I love your "Can't Afford It? Get Over It!" column, and I fell in love with two dresses from Temperley London that I definitely can't afford. They are very unique, so I thought…

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  • 11/25

    BAB approved black friday sales and deals

    Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we've put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for…

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    Combatant Gentleman Navy Tux

    Go vintage! Check out this 50s midnight blue tuxedo from Etsy seller StyleStash ($275) Fellas, let’s talk tuxedos. Being a groom is probably one of the few times in our lives that wearing a tux is appropriate. Some of you may want to take a little advice from Jay Gatsby and suit up for this magical occasion. And guess what? You don’t have to look…

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    Amy Kuschel Luna Gown

    Today's request comes from reader Jane, who is looking to help her daughter get over a charming crepe gown from San Francisco designer Amy Kuschel. Jane writes: "My daughter is in love with the Amy Kuschel 'Luna' gown, but it is wayyyyyy out of our budget. Can you do one of your great cheaper-versions of this dress??  Looking to spend about $800. Thank you!!" The…

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  • 11/9


    Credit: Persimmon Images Hello BABs! This week I would like to talk about my experience dress shopping. I like to think that I experienced my first investigation into the world of wedding dress shopping kind of like the five stages of grief: Denial: “I’m sure that I can find a pretty wedding dress that will make me feel like a beautiful princess for not that…

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