Broke-Ass Tag: alternatives

11/25

Stephanie is dying over the Watters Hera dress, but is also looking not to bust her budget of $1000. Your wish is my command, Stephanie! Watter you waiting for? Let’s get you a fit & flare gown with a textured bodice and flowy flare!

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Watters Hera gown, $$$$

GET OVER IT

Sweetheart Fit and Flare Beaded Applique Gown ($549 at David’s Bridal)

Strapless Lace Fit and Flare Gown With Side Split ($749 at David’s Bridal)

Beaded Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress ($249 at ForHerAndForHim)

Lace Crystal Beaded Net Over Satin dress ($999 at Alfred Angelo)

Crystal Beaded Satin Organza Dress With Chapel Train ($799 at Alfred Angel0)

There you have it, Stephanie – some fit and flare options that give you more twirl for your dollar! The heavy texture on the top of the Watters dress is unique, but you can keep that visual interest with some lace, beading, or ruching for a fraction of the price. Happy dress shopping!

Mellzah
  • 11/19

    Serena fell in love with this gorgeous Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld dress, but is looking for a more budget-friendly version, somewhere in the range of $1000-2500. Serena, let’s make this happen for you! Shapewise, you’re into a mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline. Stylewise, it looks like you’re into some beading, lace, texture, and pizazz up top with a more structured mermaid bottom. MAGIC BRIDAL GOWN SEARCH POWERS ACTIVATE!

    CAN’T AFFORD IT

    Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld, $$$$

    GET OVER IT

    Lace and organza mermaid dress ($283 at Lightinthebox)

    Custom mermaid sweetheart neckline lace wedding gown ($468 at KarenTrends Etsy)

    Wedding gown with lace appliques and ruffled skirt ($1250 at David’s Bridal)

    Georgette Mermaid Gown with Dramatic Organza Skirt ($999 at David’s Bridal)

    If you find a dress you otherwise love but it doesn’t have that sweetheart neckline, you can always have the neckline altered by a trusted tailor–so when you’re looking at alternate dress options, the texture and shape are way more important to nailing that Kleinfeld look. I hope this helps, Serena!

    Mellzah
  • 1/2

    Let’s start the New Year by rocking a reader’s "CAI/GOI" challenge. Today’s challenge: Finding a new dress for Julianne to love! I am absolutely in love with this Watters gown; however it is completely out of my price range. I would love something for under $500 with similar detailing on the bottom. Do you have any suggestions on where I should be looking? Thanks! Julianne Julianne,…

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    7/31

    Are you a lace lover? BAB reader Julie certainly is. She’s found a wonderful dress to covet. And, you have to appreciate a girl who gets to the point. Here’s what she wrote: I need to "get over it" the new Jenny Packham Mimosa dress...suggestions under $1000? Julie's inspiration comes from a 2013 collection. Thankfully, beautiful lace is always in style. Here are some affordable…

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    5/24

    Candice is smitten with a loverly and lacey gown that is way our of her budget!  Poor thing!  Let's see what Candice had to say.... So I thought it would be worth a shot... I LOVE the The St. Pucchi Avine 506! The  lace is gorgeous and the back is to die for! However, I too am a BROKE ass bride and I can't afford the thousands…

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  • 4/3

    Andi's in a bind!  She has the hots for a totally awesome gown that's no longer available for purchase!  Here's what Andi told me.... "I need your brilliance with a cant afford it/get over it....pleeeeease. I've fallen for this dress: ...the sparkle is the perfect amount, the cut is perfect and the flowy silk chiffon is just what I've been looking for. Problem is our…

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    3/20

    Danielle C. wrote in to tell us about her Disney Princess Wedding Dream Dress. This is what she had to say: ''Oh man. I definitely need your help for a CAI/GOI!! I went dress shopping tonight for the first time EVER in my life, and I fell in total, gross, lewd, sparkle-tastic love with this dress at Alfred Angelo: Style 205. It's actually their "Cinderella"…

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    1/21

    Reader Request: Hi there. I find myself looking for a modern wedding - clean lines, bauhaus-inspired - but everything that I can find at reasonable price has a more vintage/romantic or blingy/overwrought vibe.  I've included photos of two dresses that I like because they're 1. modern, 2. not strapless, and 3. kind of space agey.  Can you suggest budget options that would be similar? The…

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  • 10/22

    Back in the early spring, I posted a roundup of affordable and fancy wedding flats. Well, since I'm such a huge fan of flats, and since it's been quite a long time, I wanted to show you another round of cheap, fancy flats, all for under $100, that would look amazing under your wedding gown or on your bridesmaids. G by Guess, $49Mel, $40 Betsey…

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