Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request is for a seriously gorgeous Galia Lahav gown. Reader Jasmine commented on this post asking for some help finding a “Loretta” lookalike. She writes:

Hi! I too am in love with a Galia Lahav “Loretta” dress. Would like to keep my budget around $3000 (and lower if possible :D) but there might be some wiggle room if truly necessary ;). I am floored by this dress, like it is the epitome of a dream dress for me but it’s upwards of $10,000. I hope that you can help me out, cuz I clearly have champagne taste, and while I’m not much of a beer drinker, I definitely only have ‘cheap wine’ money lol. Thanks much!

We can get you some pretty good “wine” for $3,000, Jasmine! For similar gowns, I searched for mermaid silhouettes with a body-hugging lace bodice and tulle skirt. I kept an eye out for gowns with extra volume in the skirt and lace up top. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav Loretta back Galia Lahav Loretta front Galia Lahav’s “Loretta” Gown, “Tales of the Jazz Age” Collection, ~$12,000

Get Over ItLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Tank Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Tank Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress (Style: CWG709), $1,099.99 at David’s Bridal

Leigh Gown from BHLDNLeigh Gown By Eddy K (Style: 39250873), $1,600 at BHLDN

Truly Zac Posen Criss Cross Back Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Criss Cross Back Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341638), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

Rosa Clara 'Estrada' Beaded Mesh Lace Mermaid Dress (In Stores Only)Rosa Clara’Estrada’ Beaded Mesh Lace Mermaid Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 5104082), $2,962 at Nordstrom

Judil Lace Gown by etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles“Judil” Wedding Dress, $2,188.48 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

Illusion Deep Plunge Neckline Lace Trumpet Gown at David's BridalIllusion Deep Plunge Neckline Lace Trumpet Gown (Style: SWG681), $799.99 at David’s Bridal

Rosa Clara 'Volga' Beaded Tulle Trumpet Dress (In Stores Only)Rosa Clara ‘Volga’ Beaded Tulle Trumpet Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 5104083), $2,312.50 at Nordstrom

Katie May Charleston GownKatie May “Charleston” Gown (Style: KATIM30009), $1,650 at Shopbop

Beaded Venice Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress at David's BridalGalina Signature Beaded Venice Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress (Style: SWG723), $958 at David’s Bridal

Casablanca Casablanca “Daffodil” Gown, $1,550 at Shoptiques

Oleg Cassini Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dress (Style: CWG737), $1,158 at David’s Bridal

Teini Lace Wedding Gown by etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles“Teini” Lace Wedding Gown, $2,121.48 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

Rhinestone Drop Waist Wedding Dress by Camille La VieRhinestone Drop Waist Wedding Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 42423-4267W), $1,600 at edressme

Oleg Cassini Lace Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini Lace Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Wedding Dress (Style: CWG750), $1,258 at David’s Bridal

Lovely tulle-y, lace-y, mermaid-y goodness! In my humble opinion, the Casablanca “Daffodil” gown is pretty darn similar to the Galia Lahav “Loretta” gown. Even the back views are on par! What do you think, Jasmine? Any of the above got you thinking “cheap wine” might not be so bad after all? 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.
  • 10/26

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHiiiii! I know, I know … it’s been a while! That whole wedding and honeymoon thing really keeps a girl busy. Last time I checked in, I was a week or two out from my wedding and was finally having my meltdown moment. I was having the hardest time ever finding the right undergarment for my dress, and while I never found one that was perfect, I did luck out with one that worked pretty well. So let me fill you in on that before we get to recappin’.

    Now that my wedding has come and gone, I can show you my dress so you have a better idea of my dilemma.

    The back of the Amanda K Bridal Carmen Gown

    Credit: Amanda K. Bridal

    The satin gown has really thin straps, is super low in back and the sheer overlay covers … well, nothing. Because of my chest size, just adding cups wasn’t an option. I felt like I had scoured the Interwebz and I was just S.O.L., but I kept trying and eventually came across a post on a bridal message board from several years ago that offered some hope. A brand called dMondaine makes a slip/shaper that has a very low back along with straps that can be worn several ways.



    Rita Shaping Slip by dMondaine, $160 at Net-a-Porter

    I obviously couldn’t wear the straps down the middle of my shoulder blades like that, but luckily there were hooks on the very edge of the garment that made them come down on the side of my back … like right by my armpit. With the beading and other details on my dress, you couldn’t see the straps at all. I could not have been happier with that solution. But remember how I said it wasn’t perfect? Well that’s because the front of the slip was not as supportive as I would have liked. I really wanted it to hold the girls up and give me some killer cleavage … and it just didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, they looked good. Just not spectacular and sky-high like I prefer. Still, it was by far the best option I could find, so I went with it.

    All in all, I was very happy with the outcome. I went from panicking daily to having a resolution, so it was a win. Hopefully my discovery can help out other sheer-back brides in the future. And don’t let my one issue dissuade you, either. If you have an A-C (and maybe even a small D) cup, I think it would be perfect for you.

    How did you find your undergarments? Did you have any huge challenges? Share in the comments!

  • 10/21

    Personalized Pocket Square

    Personalized Beer Cooler, $30 from Etsy seller HeritageWedding Gifting is hard. Gifting on a budget is really hard. Especially when it's for your favorite dudes. You want to get your groomsmen something awesome, yet thoughtful — but holy crap everything always seems so expensive. While it would be nice to be able to get them all big screen TVs or spring for a dudes' trip…

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    Berta 16-03

    Ok, guys, I'm giving this column a go until I get one of you worthy darlings to step in for me (plz, do that. Email with #CAIGOI as the subject to apply. Details can be found here)! Until then, I'm scooting into the fashionista seat to see how I fare at finding you baller-ass Get Over It gowns. First up: Reader Sarah commented on this post asking:…

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    Julie Vino Jessica Style 706

    Reader Elizabeth NEEDS our help finding a Julie Vino look-alike that's a little less wedding gown and a little more evening attire. She writes: "I NEED to find a Julie Vino dress that I can afford, preferably under $1,000. I want the Jessica dress, style #706, from the 2014 Spring collection. I need something that doesn't look like a wedding gown but an evening gown…

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  • 10/7

    Etsy MyScrapbookDesigns Myrtle Beach Overlay

    Scrapbook overlay available from Etsy seller MyScrapbookDesigns Hello, beach babes. This post is all about one of the most temperate beaches in the U.S., Myrtle Beach. It’s a great honeymoon destination because of all the amusements, parks, entertainment and dreamy sunsets. It’s also a great place for the low-cost honeymoon, since there are so many things to do under a tight budget. Alright, fellas. You’ve…

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    Allure Bridals 9272

    Hey BABs! Much as I'd love to play Fairy Godmother and conjure each of you the perfect gown with a flick of my sparkly wand, I am but a mere mortal, confined to hunting for wedding dresses from among those that already exist. It's been my honor and pleasure being a #GownHunter for you, but now it's time for me to pass the torch. This will be…

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    Ashi Studio S_S 2015

    Man, oh man, today's CAI/GOI post may be the most challenging request we've had yet! Reader Teneasha commented on this post with: "I need help. I've never seen a bridal gown that felt like the gown for me. I'm starting to lower my expectations to a gown that is slimming because there's no way that I can afford my dream gown that's rumored to be…

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  • 9/23


    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…

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