Happy November, BABs!
Reader Amanda has been bitten by the lace gown bug, and left a request on this CAI / GOI post:
I have been searching for a vintage-inspired gown that fits my budget. I can’t see spending over $1000 for a dress (and would feel more comfortable if I spent under $1000). Most of the dresses that I like are made by designers based in Europe. While I never saw myself getting stuck on a “dream dress”, I seem to be stuck dreaming of a dress by Katya Katya Shehurina – her “Rosa” dress. It incorporates lace, which I love! But she quoted the price as 2500 pounds (over $3000). Which is waaaay over my budget! Please help
The Rosa has a romantic lace bodice dotted with pearls, a smooth silk taffeta skirt, and scalloped lace cap sleeves in a ballgown silhouette, so to find lookalike gowns I’m on the hunt for a vintage-inspired ballgown silhouette with a ladylike lacy bodice and a defined waist. Ready? Set! GO!
(Christen tried this dress on in this post)
(I know this one is a stretch for the budget, but I had to include it because of it’s vintage feel.)
One option to get the look of those darling cap sleeves is to find a simpler taffeta or lace gown and add some epaulets (also known as epaulettes or shoulder jewelry) like one of these:
Add over a gown like this:
Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: If you’re not finding what you want in a gown, ask your bridal salon (or seamstress) if there’s any way to swap out fabrics or styles. If you’re working directly with a gown designer, the chances are good that they’ll be able to offer some customization. For instance, many of the gowns above have lovely lacy tops with chiffon skirts, so if you’d prefer taffeta, ask if they’re able to recreate it with your desired fabric. Or if you love the bodice of a mermaid style with the skirt of a ballgown, they might be able to swap out the segments. There will likely be an up-charge for making changes to the design, but if you’ve budgeted with some wiggle room you should still fall within your gown budget. If designer customization is outside the budget, look for bridal separates, which are becoming increasingly popular for this very reason!
Do any of these gowns capture that vintage vibe for ya, Amanda? Let me know when you’ve found “the one” in the comments below, and thanks for submitting your Can’t Afford It? request!
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.
*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.