Broke-Ass Tag: attire

5/7

What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help.

Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it’s not strapless (I just can’t be bothered to worry about things falling down/out), and it looks flowy/movable!… but the $2+k price tag is a serious downer. I might be up a creek with this one. I’d love to look at places like Etsy but, to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something that I can’t return sight-unseen. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to try it on (or have there be a return policy). Help?

Non-strapless, lace with movement – your wish is our command.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Omelia ($2,200 at BHLDN)

GET OVER IT

High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress with Lace Details and Front Slit ($339.99 at For Her and For Him)

 

White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Wedding Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)


Ivory Illusion Bateau Wedding Dress ($538 at Unique Vintage)

White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($598 at Unique Vintage)

 

Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)


Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Etsy could also offer some wonderful options. On the other hand, your point about a return policy is valid. Consider using Etsy’s “Shop Local” feature to find vendors in your area. Meeting the designer in person and trying things on is always preferable to crossing your fingers and hoping it works out. Any BABs out there have suggestions for shopping on  Etsy for such an important dress?

  • 4/4

    It’s rare that one dress embodies everything a bride wants in her wedding gown. Often we’re split between many options because of small details. Jane, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants, but it’s twice her budget.

    I would be SO grateful if you would use your amazing dress-finding skills to help me out with a sudden and major case of CAI/GOI:

    I just fell in love with BHLDN‘s new Ortensia gown  It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a flowing, floor length skirt that starts from the natural waist, a beautiful deep V neckline, pretty (but not blingy) details – but it’s double what I can afford ($1500 is my absolute maximum).

    Thank you!
    Jane

    Jane, you did the hard part: Describing your perfect dress and including the budget. Now we’ve found some options that are less than half the budget. This way, you can add extra bling – if needed – through pretty shoes, a belt or maybe a pair of statement earrings.

    CAN’T AFFORD IT

    Ortensia Gown ($3,000 at BHLDN)

    GET OVER IT

    Evelyn ($544.99 at Ruche)

    Aidan Mattox Sheer-Back Ruched Gown ($475 at Neiman Marcus)

    Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay Gown ($150 rental through Rent The Runway)

    Sequin Bodice Chiffon Gown ($375 at Badgley Mischka)

     

    Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

    V Neck Chiffon A Line Wedding Gown ($369.99 at For Her and For Him)

    Be sure to check out the back of these options, Jane. Some have fantastic detail that you wouldn’t guess from the front — something I’m assuming you’d like given the inspiration. Finding the perfect dress is a tricky thing to do online – do read the return policies before ordering!

  • 3/20

    Krista definitely deserves an amazing dress for her big day, but her budget is keeping her from living the couture dream. Hi.  I'm a mom. I put my wedding on hold for almost three years because our son is a regular at sick kids’ hospital and my fiancé and I wanted to focus on him and his health and put everything else on the backburner. Now that he…

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    1/30

    This week’s request is particularly special – well, for me. It comes from an adopted little sister of mine. Leann is my high school boyfriend’s little sister. I still picture her as a girl in middle school, despite the fact that she's a beautiful, independent woman now. She knows she can ask me for help anytime. This week, I got a request from her via…

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    1/10

    Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we're focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our "Can't Afford It" ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100. CAN’T AFFORD IT First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)…

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  • 12/20

    "Budget" has always been a word I kind of hate. It really kills the joy of shopping for, well, anything. But of course, it's a very important factor when it comes to BAB weddings. I fell in love with the Wtoo Olivia gown in oatmeal. I went to try it on and absolutely love it. I have been trying to find a used one to…

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    11/28

    Weddings aren’t just about your own budget. Being in a wedding can be costly for everyone involved. It totally makes sense to want to keep costs down for those supporting you on the big day. This week’s request is for for sexy, full length bridesmaid dresses... Hello, This is a submission for can't afford it, get over it. I'm looking for my bridesmaids dresses and…

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  • 10/30

    Is your wedding dress a splurge-worthy occasion? That's what Ya-ting is trying to decide. Hello!  I'm kind of in a dilemma about a wedding dress...  I'm in LOVE with the Vera Wang Joy dress from Fall 2012. but I'm not in love with the price tag ($6000+).  I have been to a couple of wedding dress shops but have not found a similar style yet…

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