Broke-Ass Category: Shopping

6/23

Happy Thursday, BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is from reader Jenny, who is searching for a Rue de Seine “Haze” look-alike for under £1,000 (approximately $1,300) and available in the UK. She writes:

“Hi, I really love Rue de Seine’s Haze dress but only have a budget of max £1000. Do you know of any similar but cheaper dresses out there & available in the UK?
Thanks, Jenny”

The Rue de Seine gowns are very popular with BABers, and it’s not hard too see why.  Each of the gown designs are gorgeous and have a unique flair to them.  In this case, the embroidered skirt look provides an extra ‘Je ne sais pas’ to make it truly unique.  Jenny, you are in the UK, and I will try my best.  Most online shops will chip worldwide, but I’ll do my best to look around for UK shops as well.  I’ll focus on that textured skirt that the Haze gown has going for it.  Wish me luck!

Rue de Seine’s Haze gown

 

Pandora Wedding Dress; £495 (approx. $640) by Phase Eight

The Josephine; $850 (approx. £650) by Fame and Partners

The Kensie; $700 (approx. £540) by Fame and Partners

Naya Dress; $350 (approx. £270) by BHLDN

Aurora Gown; $1,000 (approx. £770) by BHLDN

A Star is Born Embellished Sheer Insert Long Sleeve Maxi Dress; $550 (approx. £425) by ASOS

Pearl Katherine Wedding Dress; £395 (approx. $510) by Phase Eight

Anabella frilled bridal dress; £360(approx. $465) by Nine by Savannah Miller Ivory

Aura wedding dress; £550 (approx. $710) by Phase Eight

Andi Lace Dress; £364 (approx. $470) by BCBG MAXAZRIA

Marilyne swirl lace cutout gown; £300 (approx. $400) by BCBG MAXAZRIA

Isolde; £950(approx. $1225) by Rebecca Ingram

Each of these textured or embroidered gown offers something unique.  What do you think, Jenny?  Anything strike your fancy?

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.
  • 6/9

    Welcome back CAI/GOI lovers!  Today’s request is from reader Terri, who commented on this post:

    Hi! I landed on this page while searching Amsale-inspired dresses! I’m in love with the Amsale-inspired May, specifically the minimalistic style and elegant sheer look and buttons on the back, and am hoping to find an alternative for under $1000! Please help!!

    Hi Terri! We are happy to see more Amsale dresses on CAI/GOI, as they are all beautiful! This dress has an illusion tank neckline, a full length button back and a slim fit-to-flare silhouette. I’ll try to focus this search on minimalist slim-fit-to-flare or sheath styles with the higher neckline, and hope for some button or other details to add a little something special. Remember, if you find a strapless gown you love, you can talk with your seamstress about altering to add an illusion top. Here we go!

    “May” by Amsale; $4,000+

     

    Christina Wu Brides Style 15629; around $900

    Amsale’s “Alyce” gown; $310 at Nordstrom

    Mikado Sweetheart Dress; $700 at Camille la vie / Group USA

    Chiffon A-Line Dress with Beaded Bodice; $130 at David’s Bridal

    Embellished Halter A-line Gown by Betsy & Adam; $280 at Macy’s

    White by Vera Wang; $800 at David’s Bridal

    Style 8553; $1000 at Alfred Angelo

    Drape Back Crepe Gown by Katie May; $295 at Nordstrom

    Sawyer Gown; $800 at BHLDN

    Trumpet Hem Maxi Dress; $300 at ASOS

    Short-Sleeve Beaded Bridal Gown by Adrianna Papell; $390 at Dillard’s

    Beaded Embellished Neck Mermaid Gown by Terani Couture; $560 at Dillard’s

    Let us know if any of these help you out, Terri.  That first one is lovely and had a gorgeous button back detail you were seeing in the Amsale May gown.  Until next time!

    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.
  • 6/1

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    3/31

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  • 3/30

    I teamed up with For the Chef, who provided me with a few good tools, to work to create healthy meals that fit into tight schedules. When you're knee-deep in wedding planning, running from this appointment to that, testing out different vendors, planning various parties and generally trying to keep your shit together, one of the first things that tends to fall by the wayside…

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    3/24

    BHLDN Gift Sets, $50 – In Dot or Solid (Comes with a tie, tie bar and pocket square) Dudes! Have you heard about the new collab between BHLDN and The Tie Bar? For those who may not know, BHLDN is the wedding collection by Anthropologie. They're pretty major in the bridal scene (obvs your fiancée has read about them here, here and here) and it…

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    3/23

    Hi BABs!  This week's request comes from reader Randi, who is in love with a Carol Hannah gown: "I love your Can't Afford It? Get Over It! posts... And your book. If I could climb a mountain (Hard to find in New Jersey...) and sing its praises, I would, but for now I've been recommending it to all my newly engaged broke-ass friends. I recently…

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  • 3/22

    Buying the ring for that first question -- that all-important question that gets couples started down the road on their next chapter together -- tends to come with a lot of pressure. What style? What size? And especially, how damn much will this cost? It's that last question that can really send any broke-ass couple into a tailspin -- especially when you start hearing things…

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