Broke-Ass Tag: Monique Lhuillier


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Reader Jennifer is getting married at the end of summer and commented on this post with her request:

“Your “Get over it Posts” are amazing! I made the mistake of looking at Monique Lhuillier whom I love from Rent the Runway and fell for the L’Amour dress. I love the plunging V-neck line and body fitting form while still having the removable more traditional overlay for the ceremony that blends seamlessly when it is on (instead of an afterthought like other removable skirts). I thought I found a great alternative in Zuhair Murad’s Theodora with skirt until I found the price! Help I’m getting married at the end of the summer and need to pick something soon. Ideally my budget would be under 3500.”

Thanks for the love, Jennifer! You’ve got two beautiful gowns to inspire our search today. Both the “L’Amour” and the “Theodora” feature a curve-hugging embroidered lace gown with detachable overskirt. In my search, I focused on finding gowns with similar body-hugging silhouettes, lace, and a V-neckline. I will first show you gowns, and the second half of the post will be options for overskirts. When shopping for separate pieces, remember to coordinate your colors. And if you think the skirt looks too much like an afterthought, you could always make or purchase a belt to bring it all together. Let’s check out some beautiful look-alikes!Can't Afford It

Monique Lhuillier L'Amour

Monique Lhuillier “L’Amour,” Spring 2016, $6,000+

Zuhair Murad The Theodora Zuhair Murad “Theodora,” Fall 2016, $8,000+

Get Over It

Jensen Gown from BHLDNJensen Gown By White One by Pronovias (Style: 38836425), $1,200 at BHLDN

BLISS Monique Lhuillier Chantilly Lace Open Back Wedding DressBLISS Monique Lhuillier Chantilly Lace Open Back Wedding Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 919091), $2,860 at Nordstrom

Katie May Geneva Gown with Removable TrainKatie May Geneva Gown with Removable Train (Style: KATIM30010), $3,440 at Shopbop

Amalia Gown from BHLDNAmalia Gown By Eddy K (Style: 38020814), $1,600 at BHLDN

Watters 'Lexington' Beaded Tulle Mermaid GownWatters ‘Lexington’ Beaded Tulle Mermaid Gown (In Stores Only) (Style: 1177870), $3,150 at Nordstrom

Nicole Miller Janey Lace GownNicole Miller Janey Lace Gown (Style: 8732361), $1,900 at Zappos

Shea Gown from BHLDNShea Gown By Eddy K (Style: 38020517), $1,800 at BHLDN

Watters 'Ashland' Illusion Lace Mermaid DressWatters ‘Ashland’ Illusion Lace Mermaid Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 1177885), $2,010 at Nordstrom

Tulle A-Line Wedding Dress with Plunging V-Neck from David's BridalGalina Signature Tulle A-Line Wedding Dress with Plunging V-Neck (Style: SWG722), $1,250 at David’s Bridal

Watters 'Somerset' Open Back Lace Mermaid GownWatters ‘Somerset’ Open Back Lace Mermaid Gown (In Stores Only) (Style: 1177897), $2,190 at Nordstrom

Sexy Deep Neckline Wedding Dress by LaceMarry on etsySexy Deep Neckline Wedding Dress, $344 by Etsy seller LaceMarry

Rosa Clara 'Volga' Beaded Tulle Trumpet DressRosa Clara ‘Volga’ Beaded Tulle Trumpet Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 5104083), $2,312.50 at Nordstrom

Tulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique at David's BridalTulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique (Style: WG3712), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

Watters 'Farah' Tulle, Lace & Charmeuse GownWatters ‘Farah’ Tulle, Lace & Charmeuse Gown (In Stores Only) (Style: 863530), $2,295 at Nordstrom

And now, for skirts …

Organza skirt by makemydresses on etsyOrganza skirt, $299 by Etsy seller MakeMyDresses

Lazio Skirt at BHLDNLazio Skirt From Willowby by Watters (Style: 37597804), $260 at BHLDN

Tulle Overskirt by 2live2love on etsyTulle Overskirt, $174 by Etsy seller 2live2love

Almira Skirt from BHLDNAlmira Skirt By WTOO by Watters (Style: 37596848), $810 at BHLDN

Applique lace detachable train by makemydresses on etsyApplique lace detachable train, $399 by Etsy seller MakeMyDresses

Amora Skirt from BHLDNAmora Skirt From Willowby by Watters (Style: 36526234), $600 at BHLDN

Detachable Bridal Skirt by PTBridalHandmade on EtsyDetachable Bridal Skirt, $400 by Etsy seller PTBridalHandMade

Lace Detachable Train by MakeMyDresses on EtsyLace Detachable Train, $359 by Etsy seller MakeMyDresses

This last option already comes with its own overskirt!

INES DI SANTO 'Margeaux' Lace Tulle & Organza Ballgown Overskirt with Detachable TrainINES DI SANTO ‘Margeaux’ Lace Tulle & Organza Ballgown Overskirt with Detachable Train (In Stores Only) (Style: 5098682), $2,490 at Nordstrom

That’s all I’ve got for you today, Jennifer! What do you think? Have you found the perfect pairing of gown and skirt? Let us know in the comments.

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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

*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.
  • 11/28

    Weddings aren’t just about your own budget. Being in a wedding can be costly for everyone involved. It totally makes sense to want to keep costs down for those supporting you on the big day. This week’s request is for for sexy, full length bridesmaid dresses…


    This is a submission for can’t afford it, get over it.

    I’m looking for my bridesmaids dresses and everything I’ve found that I like so far is a little over their budgets. I love this Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid dress, but it’s too expensive. I love the grape color, the one shoulder strap and even the slit! Please help if you can to find a dress under $150.

    Thank you!

    Purple was my wedding color! Personally, I’m OK with dress styles not matching. So I gave ladies a color and basics that I wanted in the dress, and let them pick something within their own budget. Thankfully, finding a variety of long, matching grape-colored dresses for cheap isn’t too difficult.


    ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Pleated One Shoulder Chiffon Gown


    Carlos Miele Amazon Rain Gown ($150 rental at Rent The Runway)


    Strapless Long Charmeuse Dress with Slit ($129 at David’s Bridal)

    One Shoulder Satin Dress ($159 at David’s Bridal)


    American Living One-Shoulder Dress ($80 at JC Penney)

    Tinley Road Ruffle Front Maxi ($21.97 at Piperlime)


    Purple Chiffon Floral Applique Strapless Gown ($126 at Unique Vintage)

    Don’t worry, that glaring red David’s Bridal dress also comes in grape! Also,  I realize one option is over $150. But, it’s so close to your inspiration, it would have been criminal not to include it. At least now you have a number of options to offer the girls. Happy shopping.