Posts in the 'J.Crew' Category

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Amsale’s “Harbor” Inspired Gown Between $1,000 & $1,500

What up, BABs?! This week we are helping yet another lovely, bride-to-be, Lauren find the perfect dress. Yay! Something about Amsale’s “Harbor” dress spoke to her and she has fallen in love. The almost $5,000 price tag, however, is NOT so lovable. I fell in love with Amsale myself a few years ago when I watched an episode of “Brothers & Sisters” where Rachel Griffiths’ character gets married. After I saw her gown, I went on a mission to find out who designed it … and #duh. Amsale! Actually, Amsale Aberra, a couture bridal designer from Ethiopia. She couldn’t find a dress she loved for her own wedding day in 1985 so she began making custom gowns in her New York City loft. Today she is a leading designer in luxury bridal wear. But enough about the designer … what about the bride to be? Here is Lauren’s request:

“I adore this feature! Thank you! I have been searching for my dream dress and recently fell in love with Amsale’s Harbor dress … I know I can’t afford it…got any ideas on how to get over it for around $1000 to $1500? Thanks!! You rock!”

Thanks, lady! Let’s help you find something AWESOME.


sarah&lucsWeddingRachel Griffiths wearing Amsale in Brothes & Sisters.

Can't Afford It

Original“Harbor” by Amsale $4,435 at Amsale

Get Over It

LightintheBox179Satin Mermaid Gown With One Shoulder Neckline (Style: 00466963) $180 at

TBDess227Sleeveless Mermaid Gown With Ruched Chapel (Style: 03818881) $227 at

JCREW695Sleek A-Line Gown With Stunning Open Back (Style: a9994) $695 at J. Crew

BBP774One Shoulder Satin Memaid Gown With Beading On Shoulder (Style: Datsun) $774 at

AnnTaylor800Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder Gown (Style: 278256) $800 at Ann Taylor

BBP810One Shoulder Ruched Fit And Flare Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: Dakota) $810 at

BBP909One Shoulder Silky Satin Wedding Dress With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 19893) $909 at

BBP1080Trumpet Gown With Pearl & Lace Appliques (Style: 1902) $1,080 at

TrulyZacPosen1150Strapless Duchess Satin Fit And Flare Gown (Style: ZP345004) $1,150 at David’s Bridal

Hopefully you find what you’re looking for! Let me know what you think and if the BAB team can help you out in any other way. 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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN’s “Kayleigh” Inspired Gown For Under $500

Hello, BAB’s! How y’all doin’? This week we’re helping KAYlin get over BHLDN’s KAYleigh (I had to).  When I first saw the dress I was like, “Grecian Goddess.” I know it’s been a while with all the amazing requests coming in, so I hope you’re out there, girl. Kayleigh wrote in saying:

 “Help me BABs, you’re my only hope!
I fell in love with the Bhldn “Kayleigh” dress, but it’s both way out of my budget (below $500) and discontinued! I’ve been scouring the internet for a comparable dress, but I can’t find anything. I’m in love with the simplicity and softness of the dress. Long time fan!
Thanks for all you do!”

 I won’t keep you waiting …

Can't Afford It

Original“Kaleigh Gown” Catherine Deane for BHLDN (Style: 2653000) $1,200

Get Over It

LightInTheBoxMermaid Sweetheart Halter Lace Wedding Dress (Style: 00604657) $142 at

DailyLookLine & Dot Lace Halter Dress (Style: 112672) $171 at Daily Look

RainingBlossoms2Chiffon Halter Neckline Sheath Wedding Dress With Beaded Waistband (Style: WD-3269) $190 at

CastlePromAndBridalBeautiful Satin Gown With Sheer Lace Overlay by Alfred Angelo (Style: 7281L) $219 at The Castle

BestBridalPrices4Strapless Floor Length With Soft Net Over Lace (Style: 8614L) $239 at

BHLDN2Romantic Dress With Soft, Light Tulle by Jenny Yoo (Style: 31062417) $260 at BHLDN

Crystal Lattice Sash $180 sold separately.

BestBridalPrices2Lace Halter Dress With Scalloped Edge Detailing (Style: 2043) $270 at

BestBridalPrices3Elegant Gown With V-Neckline & Sash At The Waist by Impressions (Style: 11655) $298 at

BHLDNFull Ball Gown Skirt With Layers Of Tulle by Tadashi Shoji (Style: 30369367) $300 at BHDLN

RainingBlossomsLace Sweetheart Strapless Sheath Wedding Dress With Bow Back Waistband (Style: SI-0066) $320 at Raining Blossoms

JCREWBeautiful Gown With High Cutaway Neckline & A Bias Cut Skirt (Style: 69879) at J. Crew

Instead of focusing on the halter neckline (which is silk charmeuse, btw!) I tried to focus more on the soft, lace detail. I almost didn’t notice it when I first looked at this dress, but the Kayleigh dress is beautiful simplicity. Keep in mind, too, that finding a strapless sheath might be the way to go, and then have your seamstress or tailor add the halter strap — since straps are super easy to add to wedding dresses.

I hope I was able to give you some good ideas. Be sure to check out the websites that are featured ’cause you’ll probably find even more options. 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.

Ten for the Weekend: Bursting with Deals on Home and Fashion!

I asked, you answered and here you go! I put out a Facebook call the other day to see which deal categories would get you stoked on this Fourth of July Ten for the Weekend, and home decor was the answer! So I found a nice balance between home and fashion, so both you and your abode can look like your hottest selves without breaking the bank! From Piperlime to Target to Poppin and more, these deals are bursting with as much awesome as tonight’s firework displays!

Ten for the Weekend

1. Who doesn’t love a good sale? Even better when it’s J. Crew and you can knock an extra 40% off final sale items. Use code SHOPMORE at checkout.

j. crew crystalline gown

The Crystalline Gown rings in at juuuuust under $1500!

2. Does your living room need a little boost? Save an extra 20% off furniture — but hurry, sale ends tomorrow (7/5) while shopping at Target!

3. Girl, get on with your #GirlBoss self! Nasty Gal is rockin’ a rare sale — up to 80% off sale items with the All 4th You sale!

4. Summer might be hot, but Design Within Reach has their Cool Offers sale going on! Awesome items from furniture to linens are up for grabs at up to 30% off!

5. Piperlime is getting in on the action, too! Take an extra 20% off sale items until 7/13 using SUMMER20 at checkout!

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I would rock the hell out of this Sanctuary Stripe Molly Shift Dress, $59.97 before discount.

6. Looking for fun, cool and useful ways to display your wedding or engagement photos? Then get thee on over to Shutterfly where you can save 20% on home decor until 7/9 with code GIFTS20!

7. Add a little extra pop to your space! Poppin is adding a 25% discount to select products this weekend when you use code GOFOURTH.

8. Need some new pots and pans but hate shelling out the big bucks? Lucky you! Score 20% off Williams-Sonoma Cookware until 7/6.

9. is in the business of making your feet look as good as the rest of you! And they’re going to save you 35% this weekend when you use the code SPARKLER.

10. Give your bedroom a little makeover and snag some hot new designer linens from during their July 4th Sale! Take 25% off your purchase with USA25 through 7/8.

Happy shopping, BABs! And have a great weekend!

BAB Throwback: Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Grace Kelly-Inspired Gowns with Sleeves

Hey, BABs! Happy Independence Day eve! With holiday staring us down, our Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! guru Elaine was booted out the door early by yours truly to enjoy her weekend. So, in lieu of her amazingly accurate CAI/GOIs, I’m bringing back one of our most popular posts in the column, featuring not one but TWO different gowns to get over. Keep in mind, may of these styles may not be available, but if you fall in love with one, you can always holler at us and we’ll help you get over it! Orginally posted 2/1/2011.

Bride Melissa wrote in asking us to find her a Grace Kelly-inspired gown with sleeves.  In Melissa’s initial search for “sleeved bridal gowns,” she found gowns that exuded too much modesty and not enough style.  So she’s been having trouble finding something that pops. It must be sleeve week, because I got another email from bride Briana looking for a Get Over It version of this sleeved gown by Le Spose di Gio:

Can’t Afford It:

So this is how we’re going to handle this.  First, I will post the Get Over It Gowns for Briana’s Le Sposa di Gio, then I will put together a Get Over It Gallery of Grace Kelly-inspired sleeved gowns under $1000 for Melissa. And feel free to share, ladies. Briana, you may see something you likes from Melissa’s Get Over It picks, and vice versa.  You sleeved brides need to stick together. Don’t you just feel the Get Over It gown love?

Get Over It:

1. Sincerity Bridal. Retails between $500 and $1000.

2. Sottero & Midgley. Retails for about $1000.

3. David’s Bridal. Retails for $850.

4. David’s Bridal. Retails for $950.

5. Kathy Ireland Weddings. Retails for about $1000.

6. Sincerity Bridal Plus. Retails for about $1000.

7. Jasmine Collection. Retails between $500 and $1000.

Get Over It Gown Gallery: Grace Kelly Edition

Stylish Sleeved Gowns for Under $1000

1. Unique Vintage. Retails for $195.

2. Unique Vintage. Retails for $458.

3. Unique Vintage. Retails for $478.

4. Unique Vintage. Retails for $375.

5. Stop Staring! Retails for $178.

6. Unique Vintage. Retails for $375.

7. Unique Vintage. Retails for $968.

8. Jasmine Collection. Retails for about $1000.

9. Unique Vintage. Retails for $814.

10. Ting Bridal. Retails for $498.

11. Love June. Retails for $395.

12. Love June. Retails for $445.

13. La Costurera. Retails for $830.

14. Ting Bridal. Retails for $458.

15. Toccata. Retails for $980.

16. Dolly Couture. Retails for $595.

17. Dolly Couture. Retails for $595.

18. Dolly Couture. Retails for  $495.

19. White House Black Market. Retails for $698.

20. BCBGMAXAZRIA. Retails for $219.

21. J. Crew. Retails for $595.

If you have a gown that you just can’t get off your mind, let us know and we’ll help you get over it!

*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.

Ten for the Weekend: Nail Polish, Groupon and a Silly Amount of Clothing Discounts!


It’s that time again, dolls! I’ve scoured the far reaches of the Interwebz for deals and discounts to help you shop a little easier this weekend. Me? Oh, I’m going to relax with some watermelon juice and hopefully a pool. xoxo!Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 2.58.16 PM

I don’t know about you, but having fancy stationery always makes me want to actually want to send letters so I can show it off. Paper Source is having a 20% off deal on personalized stationery until 6/2.

Classes at your local yoga joint running a little spendy? Get an extra 15% off on 1 Local Health & Fitness Deal on Groupon using FIT15 through 6/1.

Summer nail polishes are essential to add oomph to any outfit. Now, when you sign up for a Julep Maven subscription, score the Limited Edition Summer Brights Welcome Box – 3 bright nail colors, a lip gloss and kajal eyeliner FREE ( just pay the $2.99 shipping).

Limited Edition Summer Brights Welcome Box

Baby showers, Father’s Day, graduation … all are great opportunities to give goofy gifts. Spencer’s Gifts is having a Buy One, Get One 50% off sale on tees, hats, baby items, wallets, belts and buckles through 6/15, so it’s a great time to stock up!

If there’s one thing I could always use more of, it’s stuff to help me get organized and clutter free in my casa. One Kings Lane has some super stylish solutions, from end tables to baskets, at as much as 50% off.

Getting your summer wardrobe set for all the weddings and parties can add up fast. has some super cute styles, and now they have a 25% off discount when you use TREATME through 6/1.

Where my curvy girls at? Spend $150 or more at Kiyonna and save 20% with code SPRING20 through 6/20.
Stylish Plus Size Dresses & Separates
What’s better than a J. Crew sale? Not a whole lot. Right now, get 20% off spring sale styles and an extra 50% off final sale styles in stores and online with code SWEET.

Got your pretty little unmentionables for your honeymoon? Save 20% at Journelle’s Annual Friends & Family Sale! Use code: FNF2014 through 5/31.

Fancy clothes at sale prices? Done and done! Banana Republic is having a 35% off sale online only through 6/1. Use BRTHIRTY5 at checkout.

 Happy shopping, BABs!

{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.