“I’m not ashamed of my curves” is a phrase we love to hear around here! Reader Meredith’s got-it, flaunt-it philosophy has her pining for a trumpet-style gown in satin:
Hello! I love your “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” features. Now that I’m engaged, I went and fell for a dress outside my budget and could really use your help. I love Allure’s 9252. The beading is stunning, it fits me beautifully, and it’s very sexy. I’m a lady who likes to have fun, and I’m not ashamed of my curves. Add that to my Art Deco wine bar wedding venue, and this dress is right up my alley. Can you offer any advice for getting something like this dress under $1000?
Oh, how I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall at your wedding, Meredith! You’re speaking my language with that art deco wine bar, and it’s a great example of how broke-ass brides can work out-of-the-box venues to suit their budgets and their personal style. We’d love to see photos and hear stories about your broke-ass wedding planning! And I know exactly what you mean about accidentally falling in love with stuff outside your budget — the Internet is such an enabler in that regard. So glad you like the CAI/GOI column!
Alright, I’m on the hunt for something sexy and fitted to curves (va-va-VOOM!) with a bit of beading for extra bling for an art deco-esque flair.
(Also available in white and ivory.)
(Also available in ivory and 5+ other colors.)
The next few options are more simple trumpet / fit and flare / mermaid silhouettes, but you can add a shimmery cape or shrug, wear a low, chunky rhinestone or pearl necklace, or a skilled seamstress can add some sparkly embellishments at the neckline and/or back.
(Gorgeous in Rose, but also available in ivory and white.)
Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Selecting the proper underpinnings is essential for rocking your look. For curve-hugging gowns, choose undergarments that are smooth and seamless, close in color to your skin tone, and are not too lacy or embellished on their own. A backless gown requires a stick-on bra, a bra sewn into your gown, or a convertible bra with a super-low-back option — unless you’re letting the girls go “commando.” Always try on your gown with your undergarments before the big day to make sure you love the way you look and feel.
I hope you find the gown that will let you strut your stuff and express your style, Meredith! Leave a comment to let me know if any of the gowns above fits the bill, or if not, which gown you choose.
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.