Posts in the 'J.Crew' Category

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Long Sleeved, Le Spose di Gio Style Gown For Under $1200

Finding a long-sleeve dress that doesn’t look like a separate part of the dress – that’s this week’s challenge.

I need your help!  I can’t afford Le Spose di Gio’s CL11 but am having trouble getting over it.  Any ideas on stylish dresses where sleeves don’t look like add-ons?


Katie wants to spend no more than $1,200. Her budget wasn’t actually a challenge. Finding something that has stylish sleeves, however, was.


Le Spose di Gio


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


White Long Sleeve Lace Cutout ($625 at BirdyJames via Etsy)


Amanda Wakeley Draped Silk-Satin Gown ($728 at Outnet)

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Silk-Chiffon Gown ($917.60 at Outnet)

Evelyn Lace Beaded Wedding Gown (£750 at Phase Eight)


ISSA Cutout Long Sleeve Gown ($913 at Shopbop)

Another option to consider, if you can find a seamstress you trust, is buying a dress that provides the base you want – like the Angelique gown by J. Crew – and hiring someone to create the beautiful tulle overlay. This could create a look that’s closer to your vision while keeping you under budget. Given the modern look of your dress, going the route of having a dress made may be your best bet. Consider researching dress makers in your area. Perhaps you can save even more by having something specially made for you.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Couture Golden Globes Look For Under $1,500

Does anyone really watch awards shows? For me it’s all about the dresses. And, truthfully, I often just scroll through the photos and catty online comments afterwards to save myself some time. With award season in full swing, we’ve got a sister of a bride who wants her sister to look red-carpet ready on her wedding day.

Hi! I have a Can’t Afford It dress… My sister is getting married and has fallen in love with this dress from the Golden Globes this past weekend.

She also loves anything Claire Pettibone. Anything under $1500?

Thank you!!

Megan, love that you’re looking out for your sister. Also, I’m a sucker for white on celebrities. Award shows are a great place to get fashion inspiration for any big event. Let’s focus on the shape, that high collar, and some interesting lace details up top – a trademark of Claire Pettibone’s as well.


Alexandre Vauthier couture


Soft Chiffon Sheath Tank with Illusion Lace Back ($499 at David’s Bridal)

Notte by Marchesa ($995 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Corrina Gown ($495 at J. Crew)

Backless Mermaid ($370.99 at For Her and For Him)

Scalloped Lace Cut Out ($349.99 at For Her and For Him)

Nicole Miller Lace And Crepe De Chine Bridal Gown ($1,650 at Nicole Miller)

OK. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the last gown is above the limit but it was just too good not to include. Plus, it’s on sale so it might be worth watching in case the price drops a bit more. Any other BABs out there have a fun dress suggestion to add?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Get This Beautiful, Simple KaufmanFranco Dress Style For Less

Beautiful, white satin can get any girl’s heart going. Add a simple design and KaufmanFranco has created a wonderful option for any bride. But the $9,995 price tag is not as desirable. Who needs to spend $10,000 on a dress when you could rent a wonderful white maxi style gown for under $100? That’s not the only option we’ve rounded up for you today.



KaufmanFranco Silk-Satin Gown ($9,995 at Net-A-Porter)


Principessa gown in lace and organza ($995 by J. Crew)

Principessa gown ($1,950 by J. Crew)

Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Beaded Bodice and Pockets ($299 by For Her And Him)

Voyage by Mori Lee – Wedding Dress Style No. 6706 ($414 by House of Brides)

Yumi Kim Snow Mountain Maxi (Retail $385, rent for $85 by Rent the Runway)

Couture Wedding Dress ($1,500 by Sweet Fancy Shop on Etsy)

Modern Mythology Gown ($1,400 by BHLDN)

Wedding Dress Princess Ballgown – Inspired by Amsale Coco ($759 by Bridal Bliss Designs)

There you have it; eight reasons not to drop your entire wedding budget on a dress. OK, seven dresses one of which comes in two different fabrics. Showcasing thsoe two options is an important point, however. A change in fabric can drop the price over $1,000. Make sure to pay attention to those kids of details when shopping ladies.

{Link Lust} Cute Couples + Fun Friday Diversions!

I have been drooling over these blog posts all morning, and I’m super excited to share them with you guys! We have gorgeous handmade rings, a super lovely wedding that’s dripping with pink and black, and an engagement shoot that’s almost too hot to handle…it’s good stuff, folks!

First off, from the virtual pages of  The BAB – Get more collar for your dollar! Check out this chic selection of collared wedding gowns!

This military couple’s engagement shoot on bWed Exclusive will make. your. heart. pound.

Every Last Detail has a modern pink and black wedding this week that has some AWESOME travel-themed details!

OK, Now What Bride has creative ideas for creating your own custom stamp – a great weekend project.

See the gorgeous Jennifer Behr for J.Crew capsule collection on BRIDEfinds.

Wedding Chicks love a Handmade Wedding Ring.

An Open Letter To J.Crew

Oh JCrew,

What’s up with you? How is it possible that with such a gorgeous, playful and rich color line of bridesmaids dresses, you don’t offer ties to match for the groomsmen? Srsly. How hard could it be…. just take a bit of that leftover girly fabric, fold it over and sew it…. right? With such a beautifully unique line of bridal options, can we just get practical for a minute and say WTF?

I mean, I love love love my bridesmaid dresses. But now I’m stuck trying to find ties to match. And since I don’t own any of the dresses, and my bridesmaids all live in other states, I have nothing to carry around as a color swatch to compare against.

Let’s get with the program JCrew. You’re thisclose to being full-service wedding clothiers. Help a sister out. Let’s take the last step together and put my tie dilemma to bed for good.

The Broke-Ass Bride