Broke-Ass Tag: Free People

12/17

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Today’s Can’t Afford It gown is a two-fer. Bride Hailey fell in love with the Free People Gold Chalice gown, a stunning bohemian number with a strappy, open back and tribal-esque golden embellishments. But Hailey’s true love is the Rue de Seine Mackenzie gown, complete with French lace bodice detailing, a silk crepe full, split skirt, and a barely strapped back. 

Hello! I just found your blog and I’m loving it. Recently I found this dress. I’m in love with it, and I’m in love with the price! Unfortunately Free People is no longer selling or reordering this dress. Is there any way you can help me find it or something similar? But if I’m being honest, the Rue de Seine Mackenzie gown is my dream dress. It is about $3,000 and I can’t even spend over $1K on a dress. Help?

You betcha, Hailey! Both gowns have bohemian, strappy, goddess styling with plunging necklines, slit skirts, open backs, and embellished bodices, so that’s what we’ll be on the hunt for! 

Can't Afford It

Free People Maxi Dress Golden Chalice in White (Seashell) Front

Free People Maxi Dress Golden Chalice in White (Seashell)

Free People Maxi Dress Golden Chalice in White (Seashell), Sold Out, $400 at Free People

Rue de Seine Mackenzie Gown Front

Rue de Seine Mackenzie Gown Back

Rue de Seine Mackenzie Gown, $3,000

Get Over It

Mori Lee 6771 Beaded Goddess Gown

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses, Style 6771, $650 at Best Bridal Prices

Intrigue Style 130 Beaded Chiffon Gown

Intrigue, Style 130, $439 at Best Bridal Prices

La Sposa Lasa

La Sposa Lasa Gown, $638 at Best Bridal Prices

Sue Wong Gown with Chiffon Skirt

Sue Wong Gown with Chiffon Skirt, $448 at Bloomingdale’s

Backless Embroidered Wedding Dress

Backless Embroidered Wedding Dress, $380 by Etsy seller Barzelai

Faviana Glamour Chiffon Gown with Lace Bust

Faviana Glamour Chiffon Gown with Lace Bust, $160 at 6pm

Aidan Mattox Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Chiffon Gown

Aidan Mattox Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Chiffon Gown, $128 at Bloomingdale’s

Eden Wedding Dresses Lacy Chiffon Bohemian Gown

Eden Wedding Dresses, Style SL082 , $578 at Best Bridal Prices

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses Style 6741 Beaded Strapless Gown

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses Style 6741, $575 at Best Bridal Prices

Maggie Sottero Isla Gown

Maggie Sottero Isla Gown, $899 at Best Bridal Prices

Deep-V Beaded Wedding Dress

Deep-V Beaded Wedding Dress, $360 by Etsy seller Barzelai

J.Crew Gigi Gown

J.Crew Gigi Gown, $595 at J.Crew

These next gowns are slightly over budget, so skip to the bottom and avert your eyes if there’s no wiggle room!

Hollywood Inspired Beaded Bohemian Wedding Dress

Hollywood Inspired Beaded Bohemian Wedding Dress, $1,070 by Etsy seller MotilFineDesign

J.Crew Harper Beaded Mermaid Gown

J.Crew Harper Beaded Mermaid Gown, $1,100 at J.Crew

Maggie Sottero Joy Gown

Maggie Sottero Joy Gown, $1,189 at Best Bridal Prices

Mara Hoffman Selene Sequin Slip Gown

Mara Hoffman Selene Sequin Slip Gown, $1,250 at Mara Hoffman

What do you think, Hailey? Did any of these gowns come close enough to the Mackenzie or the Gold Chalice for ya? Drop us a line to let us know! 

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.
  • 10/1

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewBoy, did I have a challenge for today’s CAI/GOI post, you guys! Reader Lauren commented on this previous post with a request for an Anna Campbell look-alike. Specifically, she’s on the hunt for a gown like the “Lucinda,” which features all-over scalloped lace, a natural waist, and a sparkly, beaded belt. Finding a dress exactly like the “Lucinda” for under $1000 was tough, but I hope the dresses I’ve listed below come close to matching what you’re looking for in your wedding gown, Lauren. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItAnna Campbell Lucinda“Lucinda” by Anna Campbell, $2,999

    Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage 6792 Embroidered chiffon with appliquesMori Lee Voyage Chiffon Gown (Style: 6792), $699 at BestBridalPrices

    Francine BHLDNFrancine Gown From WTOO by Watters (Style: 33158528), $850 at BHLDN

    Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress 6916Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress (Style: 6916), $358 at Zappos.com

    Marys F15-6387 All-over lace bridal sheath gownMary’s Bridal All-Over Lace Gown (Style: F15-6387), $698 at BestBridalPrices

    Annabelle gown JcrewAnnabelle Gown (Style: A9654), $349.99 at J. Crew

    Ivory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress Dazzling Day on etsyIvory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress by Dazzling Day, $213.68 via Etsy

    Zora BHLDNZora Gown by Candela (Style: 36204204), $800 at BHLDN

    ERIN Fetherston Odette gownERIN Metallic Ivory Floral Lace Woven “Odette” Sleeveless Gown by Erin Fetherston (Style: 359652801), $244.30 at Bluefly

    Wtoo by Watters Pallas“Pallas” from WTOO by Watters (Style: 11502), $988 at BestBridalPrices

    Bohemian Wedding gown by cocon bridal via etsy“Abba” Bohemian Wedding Gown by Cocon Bridal, $820 via Etsy

    Brooke-Chiffon-Lace-Bridesmaid-Dress-White“Brooke” Lace and Chiffon Gown, $190 at Kennedy Blue

    Canyon Moon Mesh Gown from free peopleCanyon Moon Mesh Gown From Spell & the Gypsy Collective x Free People (Style: 35937671), $775 at Free People

    Eden Silver Label SL063 luxe chiffonEden Silver Label Luxe Chiffon V-neck Gown (Style: SL063), $600 at BestBridalPrices

    Marivana Lace Gown BHLDNMarivana Lace Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 35575612), $650 at BHLDN

    French Lacy Wedding Dress Chiffon by paulastudio via etsyFrench Lacy Chiffon Wedding Dress by Paula Studio, $700 via Etsy

    Adrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace GownAdrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Gown (Style: 8589544), $220 at Zappos.com

    Some of these dresses lack a bling-y embellished belt, but not to worry. We’ve got that covered too! I think your best bet may be to find a lace dress that matches the silhouette you like the most, and then add your own sash or belt to complete the look. Below are a few affordable options from Etsy, which is a great resource for finding sparkly belts and sashes in a huge range of prices and styles.

    FalabellaBridal beaded sashWedding Belt by FalabellaBridal, $24.90 via Etsy

    EventbyEunice wedding beltWedding Belt by EventbyEunice, $48.99 via Etsy

    BridalByCrysteliz silver wedding beltSilver Wedding Belt by BridalByCrysteliz, $54.99 via Etsy

    Princesa bridal sash by BellaCescaBoutique via etsy“Princessa” Bridal Sash by BellaCescaBoutique, $69 via Etsy

    Those are some sparkly belts! Remember, if you purchase a bridal belt separately, make sure you coordinate your sash color with the color of your dress. And if you’re DIY-savvy, the Interwebs abound with instructions for making your own bridal sash. So Lauren, how about those lovely lacy gowns above? Keep us posted on what gown you choose as THE gown for your wedding. Good luck, and happy shopping!

    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.
  • 2/7

    I love long letters from our readers. It gives me a better idea of what to look for. Val definitely delivered - here’s what she said: Hi there ladies! I recently got engaged and I'm on the hunt for a cheap-ass BUT BEAUTIFUL gown. There are two styles I am strongly gravitating towards and so far I have not found any cheap options similar to…

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