Broke-Ass Category: Shopping

8/25

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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 I think I’ve found a few contenders: 

Can't Afford It

Maggie Sottero and Midgley Brecia 5SC630 front

Maggie Sottero and Midgley Brecia 5SC630 back

Maggie Sottero Brecia, $2,000+

Mikaella by Paloma Blanca Style 1961

Mikaella by Paloma Blanca Style 1961 back

Mikaella by Paloma Blanca, Style 1961, $1,500-$2,000

Get Over It

BHLDN Marivana Lace Gown by Tadashi Shoji

Marivana Lace Gown by Tadashi Shoji - Back

Marivana Lace Gown by Tadashi Shoji, $650 at BHLDN

Ivory Lace and Satin Trumpet Keyhole Back Wedding Gown with Chapel Train by KingsCourtGowns

Ivory Lace and Satin Trumpet Keyhole Back Wedding Gown with Chapel Train, $630 by Etsy seller KingsCourtGowns

Ivory Lace Custom Wedding Gown with Sleeves and Keyhole Cutout by LTCoutureAtelier

Ivory Lace Custom Wedding Gown with Sleeves and Keyhole Cutout, $600+ by Etsy seller LTCoutureAtelier

ABS Ruffled V-Neck Gown Front

ABS Ruffled V-Neck Gown Back

ABS Ruffled V-Neck Gown, $180 at Saks Off 5th

Lace Open Keyhole Back Wedding Dress by LTCoutureAtelier

Lace Open Keyhole Back Wedding Dress, $799+ by Etsy seller LTCoutureAtelier

ONE by Contrarian, Babs Bibb Maxi Dress

ONE by Contrarian, Babs Bibb Maxi Dress, $425 at Shopbop

(Lots of color options!)

Decode 1.8 Gown - Cutout Embellished - Front

Decode 1.8 Gown – Cutout Embellished, $239 at Bloomingdales

Cristiane Gown by Tadashi Shoji

Cristiane Gown by Tadashi Shoji, $800 at BHLDN

Halston Heritage Halter Back-Cutout Cocktail Gown

Halston Heritage Halter Back-Cutout Cocktail Gown, $297 at Neiman Marcus

Larkin Gown by Tracy Reese

Larkin Gown by Tracy Reese, $850 at BHLDN

Jill Stuart Sleeveless Open-Back Gown

Jill Stuart Sleeveless Open-Back Gown, $415 at Neiman Marcus

What do you think, Maggie? Can any of these cutout gowns help you to get over the Mikaella or the Sottero Brecia? Let us know which gown you choose! We wanna see PIX! 

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.
  • 8/18

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’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 at $2,900, wayyyy over my budget. I’d ideally like something more around the $700 mark.”

    We’ve got you, Colette! To help you get over the Prospere, I’ve searched for mostly unadorned mid-length gowns, some with sleeves and/or pockets. Being tea-length, many available gowns have a bit of a ’50s flair, which speaks to the classic feel of the Prospere. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItProspere Gown from BHLDNProspere Gown By Delphine Manivet (Style: 38125951), $2,900 at BHLDN

    Get Over ItThe Exchanging of Wows Dress in White from ModClothThe Exchanging of Wows Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth

    Custom made Modest Retro 50s Tea Length Wedding Dress by etsy seller LAmeiCustom made Modest Retro 50s Tea Length Wedding Dress, $328.77+ from Etsy seller L’Amei

    Spaghetti Strap Empire Waist Ball Gown at David's BridalSpaghetti Strap Empire Waist Ball Gown By Galina (Style: KP3694), $449.99 at David’s Bridal

    Katja Dress at BHLDNKatja Dress By The Jetset Diaries (Style: 38621355), $200 at BHLDN

    Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Delores Sleeved Swing Dress at Unique Vintage1950s Ivory Delores Sleeved Swing Dress (Style: P16984), $88 at Unique Vintage

    Stop Staring! Madstyle Classic Swing Skirt DressStop Staring! Madstyle Classic Swing Skirt Dress (Style: 8505866), $139.99 at 6PM

    Vintage Inspired Wedding Dress by Etsy seller TashaWeddingStudioVintage Inspired Wedding Dress, $222.53 from Etsy seller TashaWeddingStudio

    Allure I’ve Dreamed Of Dress in White at ModClothAllure I’ve Dreamed Of Dress in White, $200 at ModCloth

    Aidan Mattox High_Low Dress in WhiteAidan Mattox High/Low Dress (Style: 1695957), $295 at Bloomingdale’s

    Stop Staring! 1950s Style Ivory Noely Bow Stretch Swing Dress at Unique VintageStop Staring! 1950s Style Ivory Noely Bow Stretch Swing Dress (Style: P19489), $172 at Unique Vintage

    Beloved and Beyond Dress in Ivory at ModClothBeloved and Beyond Dress in Ivory, $175 at ModCloth

    Miss Arlena's Modern Wedding - Tea length Gown by etsy seller PorshesPlaceMiss Arlena’s Modern Wedding – Tea length Gown, $365+ from Etsy seller porshesplace

    MISHA COLLECTION 'Evona' Caped Silk Midi DressMISHA COLLECTION ‘Evona’ Caped Silk Midi Dress (Style: 5203448), $350 at Nordstrom

    Vintage 1950s Style Ivory Cap Sleeve Swing Dress at Unique VintageVintage 1950s Style Ivory Cap Sleeve Swing Dress (Style: P38705), $82 at Unique Vintage

    Simple Tea Length Wedding or Bridesmaid Dress by etsy seller LAmeiSimple Tea Length Wedding or Bridesmaid Dress, $219.18+ from Etsy seller L’Amei

    Berlin Dress at BHLDNBerlin Dress By Sachin + Babi (Style: 38955118), $600 at BHLDN

    What do you think, Colette? Do any of these gown have you leaving Prospere in the dust? Let us know in the comments!

    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.

  • 8/12

    Mens Whiskey Barrel Wood Wedding Band

    Hey there, dudes! It’s time to talk about rings. We've covered the baubles for the ladies, and now it's time to focus on you. I won’t go into a long diatribe about their significance, the symbolism of eternal love and blah, blah, blah. Instead, I’ve done a bit of shopping and I’m gonna share the loot I’ve found. The list is separated into three categories:…

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    8/4

    Galia Lahav Antonia

    Reader Tempest has a CAI/GOI request for a hot, hot Galia Lahav-inspired number. She commented on this post with: "I am in love with the Galia Lahav La Dolce Vita collection; in particular the Antonia. I could also go for the Galia Lahav Empress Collection -- the Juno -- but with a satin fabric, lace is not really my thing. My ideal budget is to…

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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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    7/29

    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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    7/28

    Berta Bridal 14-20

    Sometimes a gown calls to you like a low-backed, cap-sleeved, plunging neckline, lace siren, as the Berta 14-20 did for reader Jessica, who commented on this post: I'm obsessed with these posts and have a dilemma myself... I fell in love with the Berta 14-20 when a model at a bridal show walked past me. The $8,000 price tag is out of my budget, though. Do…

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  • 7/26

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    Ah, the craft store ... for the DIY couple, it can start to feel like a second home. There are paints and paper, ribbons and trim and if you really start looking, you may start to realize that a lot of this stuff is really expensive. When it comes down to it, craft stores and the supplies therein are usually marketed towards women. If you're…

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