Hey BAB’s! It’s that time again, where I, your CAI/GOI guru, help you find a wedding dress you can love as much as the one with the hefty price tag. This week Gloria wrote in trying to help her sister out. She is a busty girl with a petite frame and she has her eye on something strapless. More specifically, a strapless Jim Hjelm gown. He is known for his unique and delicate embroidery. This gown is oh-so lovely. The tulle cascading in the back has beautiful lace, floral embroidery. Did I mention how romantic it is? The back is truly unique. I look at dresses allllll the time and I haven’t seen many out there with this design. I really lerve this one. *Sigh* But enough about me, this gal is gettin’ hitched in June! Also, since the wedding is going to be country, rustic and the bride will be wearing her boots (which I love, by the way!) I tried to find gowns that would look kick-ass with some cowgirl boots! I am blessed in the chest region, too, so I know the importance of finding the right fit for your body type. Strapless is actually a great style for the girls. I focused on a sweetheart neckline because something that is dipped is better than something going straight across your bust line. We don’t want the girls looking like a shelf on our wedding day if you know what I mean. Also, as Christen added in the comments, adding a strap isn’t a costly alteration. It’s all about what you feel your best in. You want to feel beautiful but still be comfortable. You’ll definitely need a good, strapless bra although some women do just fine with the built-in cup. Here’s what Gloria wrote in:
“My sister is getting married in June 2015 and has found the dress. The problem is she is quite endowed in the chest department and the dress is strapless. What would you suggest for a cheaper alternative that would look great on her petite (large chest) frame? The dress she has found is Jim Hjelm style 8002. The dress is gorgeous but the price and the fact that it’s strapless is a concern.
Jim Hjelm (Style:JH8002) $3,700
Strapless A-Line Wedding Gown With Layered Skirt (Style: 0113878) $410 at For Her and For Him
A-Line Gown With Scalloped Tiers Swirled Soutache (Style: 30613871) $480 at BHLDN
Floral Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 32065971) $600 at BHLDN
(This sash is currently sold out but they have plenty of others that would look amaze.)
Romantic Gown With Princess Body (Style: 80326) $640 at Simply Bridal
Mermaid Lace Wedding Dress With V-Neck (Style: TCCMD1006) $690 at Tulle & Chantilly
Lace Spaghetti Strap Gown (Style: 358266) $795 at Ann Taylor
Strapless Tulle & Organza Ball Gown (Style: 4973) $799 at BestBridalPrices.com
Tulle Gown With Lace Appliques (Style: 50315) $850 at BestBridalPrices.com
Tulle Ball Gown With Shimmery Bodice & Lace Motifs (Style: Agatha 13074) $853 at BestBridalPrices.com
Tulle Ball Gown With Crystal Beading (Style: 5302) $899 at BestBridalPrices.com
Tulle Ball Gown With Alencon Lace (Style: 3178) $950 at BestBridalPrices.com
So, Gloria, do you think your sister will like some of these alternatives? BestBridalPrices has some REALLY amazing dresses and a HUGE selection. I use them a lot because I know they’re a good company with fantastic ratings/reviews and quality dresses. They have some great prices, too, and a lot of these gowns come with a free veil & shoes! Doesn’t get much better than free! Has she been to David’s Bridal? They have really been bringing the pretty lately and you can always find something within your budget there. I hope she is able to find something soon because June is right around the corner. We’re here if you have any other questions! Until next week, BABs …
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.