Broke-Ass Tag: etsy

8/27

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Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week — or has already started — here in Northeast Ohio, and there’s something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie Grease. Maybe it’s because that’s how the movie begins … Anyway, the tail end of summer’s soundtrack is always a Grease medley for me. (Ok now I’m totally dating myself, whatever. ) I may or may not know the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” well enough to sing karaoke. Even my local drive-in movie theater (which I still have yet to get to this year) plays some of the same vintage commercial trailers that you see in the movie.
Right on cue comes reader Hannah’s nostalgia-filled request (via comment on this CAI/GOI post), complete with a full, tea length skirt, a ’50’s vintage vibe and some swiss dot fabric:

I can’t afford this dress and I need to get over it! What I love about this dress is that it screams me: polka dots, a bow, pretty pearl buttons. It’s feminine but not overwhelming, quirky, cute, and fun. My future honeydew and I don’t have a whole lot to work with so I would like to spend under $400 on my dress! Help, please, and thank you! <3, Hannah

Well aren’t you adorably polite, Hannah! A veritable Sandra Dee! Thank you for submitting your request, now let’s see what we can find!

Can't Afford It

House of Mooshki Daisy 1

House of Mooshki Daisy 2

House of Mooshki Daisy, >$2,000

Get Over It

Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress

1950’s Style Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress, $138 at Unique Vintage

Polka Dot Tea Length 50's Wedding Dress MillyCouture

Polka Dot Tea Length 50’s Wedding Dress, $199 by Etsy seller MillyCouture

Candy Dot Dress AmandaArcher

Candy Dot Dress, $385+ by Etsy seller AmandaArcher

BHLDN Chloe Dress

Chloe Dress by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown, $350 by Etsy seller EllanaCouture

1950's Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress Unique Vintage

1950’s Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress, $98 at Unique Vintage

(TWO FIGURE PRICE TAG)

1950's Style Swiss Dot Sundress xtabayvintage

1950’s Style Swiss Dot Sundress, $325 by Etsy seller xtabayvintage

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress, $160+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

J.Crew Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon

Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon, $295 at J. Crew

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress MichyLouDotCom

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress, $350 by Etsy seller MichyLouDotCom

BHLDN Celia Dress

Celia Dress by Hitherto, $180 at BHLDN

(Other colors available at different price points.)

1950's Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress

1950’s Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress, $358 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Retro Polka Dot Illusion Wedding Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Illusion 3/4 Sleeve Wedding Dress, $180+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Aisle Be There Dress ModCloth

Aisle Be There Dress in Lily by Trashy Diva, $165 at ModCloth

1950's Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat

1950’s Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat, $399 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Kennedy Blue Ashton

Ashton Dress, $160 at Kennedy Blue

(Also in white.)

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress, $165+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Add a petticoat slip (maybe in a bright color?) under a fuller skirt for that ’50’s retro vibe, and rock out in a beehive or victory rolls ‘do! Take it up a notch by learning to swing dance for your first dance with your boo. 

Hannah, I hope some of these alternatives will help you to find the pinup-inspired gown of your dreams! Let me know in the comments below! I’ll just be over hear craving a vintage soda float with the soundtrack to Grease stuck in my head. 😉

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.
  • 8/6

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    It’s time for another CAI/GOI post, y’all! Is it just me, or are these summer weeks absolutely flying by?! My goodness. Anyway, this week, we’ve got a request from reader bluesaltwatertaffy, who commented on this post with:

    “I absolutely love this dress. But my budget is much smaller, at about $600 or less. I have spent days looking through different websites, trying to find something similar but I haven’t had any luck yet. Any chance you’ve seen something just as pretty for less?”

    This dress features two layers; an ivory silk charmeuse base with a hand-beaded all over lace overlay. It has a scoop neck, cap sleeves, and a gathered waist. This ethereal handmade gown is lovely, but the nearly $2,500 price tag is a wee bit over that $600 budget. No worries, I’ve featured some equally lovely options for you below that I think capture the boho/garden feel of the Leanimal dress you love, bluesaltwatertaffy. I’m talking head to toe lace, sleeves/straps, fitted waists, all packaged into some pretty romantic gowns. Let’s check them out, shall we?

    Can't Afford ItLeanimal Melissa ethereal lace gown on etsy“Melissa” 2-Piece, Hand-Beaded Lace and Silk Wedding Dress by Leanimal, $2,495+ on Etsy

    Get Over ItMargeaux Gown from BHLDNMargeaux Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 30097158), $480 at BHLDN

    Sue Wong Embroidered Cap Sleeve gown at Saks Fifth AvenueSue Wong Embroidered Cap-Sleeve Gown (Style: 0400086856291), $230 at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Romantic Boho Lace wedding dress by mimetik on etsyRomantic Boho Lace Wedding Dress by mimetik, $310 (for floor length) on Etsy

    Watters Encore AndreaWatters Encore Wedding Dresses “Andrea” (Style: 5220E), $376 at BestBridalPrices

    Alhambra Gown from BHLDNAlhambra Gown By Yoana Baraschi (Style: 34328450), $600 at BHLDN

    ERIN Erin Fetherston metallic ivory floral lace woven Odette sleeveless gown

    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.
  • 6/5

    Glow In the Dark Bocce Ball || Photo by Persimmon Images

    I love a good lawn game. Bocce ball, cornhole (or bags, to some), croquet ... if it's outside and you can do it with a drink in one hand, you can pretty much count me in. Even more than that? I love a good lawn game at a wedding. While it's not necessary to "keep your guests entertained" (ugh, y'all, I see that on so many sites.)…

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    6/4

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    It's that time again! Today's CAI/GOI request comes from Melanie, who commented on this post a little while back looking for a different House of Mooshki-inspired gown. Her dress of choice? The lovely Juliette, a fun and functional two-piece mid-length lace dress with detachable tulle train. Melanie wrote: "Hi There. I'm also in love with a House of Mooshki gown...Juliette. I love the option of the…

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  • 5/8

    Caticorn Shower Curtain

    So, I like unicorns (I mean, it's in my job title, y'all) and they're kind of the unofficial mascot of BAB / my spirit animal. And I love cats (which you know if you follow me on Instagram), and recently a buttload of CAT UNICORNS have been gracing my social media, thanks to my friends who know full well the ish I dig. And it…

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    5/7

    Julie-Vino-814-1-Wide

    Hey, y'all! We're on the hunt today for some seriously gorgeous gowns. Bride Megan writes: "I'm looking for a Julie Vino type dress, specifically the Orchid Spring Collection 2014. [Here] I know you all do the "Can't Afford It, Get Over It" pieces. Just wondering if you know of any designers who carry similar items. The sleeved dresses interest me the most." That collection is…

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    4/17

    Etsy Drop Top Guest Book

    Happy Friday, darlings! Since you're in the midst of wedding planning, I'm sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover's way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week's Five for Friday is chock-full of great Etsy finds.  Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses, $98+ by RenzRags…

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  • 4/16

    Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown

    Before we get down to the business of Gown Hunting, let’s take a moment to welcome our new BAB team member, Caitlyn, who did a bang-up job on her post last week! Kudos, Caitlyn! And now back to the fashion frenzy, reader fanfanstella had the most eloquent way of phrasing her dress dilemma. In her comment to another CAI/GOI post, she said the Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly…

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