Broke-Ass Tag: Rent The Runway

2/19

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Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don’t know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn’t seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C’mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you’re having fun with it, East Coast. So, I’m excited because we’re featuring a designer that hasn’t been requested before — Saja Wedding. Saja in Korean means “the lion.” They were founded in 2000 by Yoo Lee and if you’re as obsessed with BHLDN as we are, you’ve more than likely seen some of her dresses. Her gowns are simple yet timeless and won’t break your bank. So, they’re a must for any BAB-to-be. The dress we’re helping Erin with this week is for someone who wants to make a statement without being too flashy. It’s got a little bit of Greek goddess flair because of the beautiful dropped shoulder. Here’s what Erin had to say:

 “Help me please! I’m head over heels for this dress (http://www.sajawedding.com/collectionpages/hb6285.html), but costs twice as much as my budget! If you can find a more affordable alternative I would be eternally grateful!”

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Saja Wedding (Style: HB6285) $1,200

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Reem Acra’s “Florence Gown” Rent for $70 at Rent the Runway (Retail Price: $3,000 !!!)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Crepe Gown With Wrap Neckline & Fluttering Sleeves (Style: b6547) $188 at J. Crew

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Metallic Lace Shoulders (Style: 33208661) $260 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Crisscrossed Sweetheart Body (Style: 1046170) $280 at Nordstrom

(These straps can be worn conventionally, off-the-shoulder, as a halter neck or removed altogether.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Shoulder Skimming Neckline With Ruched Bodice (Style: 428527) $295 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Flowing A-Line Chiffon Gown With Plunging Neckline (Style: 624233) $340 at Asos

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Draped V-Neck Wedding Gown With Crossover Front (Style: 294718) $400 at Ann Taylor

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Off The Shoulder Organza Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 0113824) $420 at For Her and For Him

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace & Sweetheart Bodice (Style: AT4575) $481 at BestBridalPrices.com

Hopefully I was able to give you some ideas. Did you SEE that Reem Acra gown Rent The Runway has for only $70?! I can’t believe it. More and more women are using this type of service because they usually end up packing their dress away and never wearing it again anyway. I encourage everyone to check them out. I know when I buy a nice dress for an occasion it’s rare I’ll ever put it on again. However, if you really want to save your gown, that’s totally OK, too. Do what makes you happy! Let us know if you need some guidance with anything else big day related. We’re always happy to help! 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.
Elaine Michalek
  • 11/7

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    Rent the Runway, a fashion candyland of sorts for broke-asses with spendy taste, is celebrating their 5th birthday in style (#duh) with super hot, exclusive designs from some of my favorites — Marchesa, Monique Lhullier, Lela Rose, etc. — at totally affordable prices for rent. Darlings, if you have a must-be-seen holiday party this year (newly promoted? Gunning for a promotion? Newly engaged and want to shine like your sparkler? All great excuses.) you may want to consider very seriously throwing down a bill to rent one of these stunners that would otherwise cost you many, many Benjamins. Plus, new customers can get $25 off orders of $75+ with coupon code 25OFFNEW, so there’s that. Here are my five fave pieces under $200 from Rent the Runway’s 5Y Collection:Marchesa Voyage Dress Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    En Masse Dress by Marchesa Voyage, $650 retail, $100 rental

    Kenneth Jay Lane Outlook Cuff Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    Outlook Cuff by Kenneth Jay Lane, $500 retail, $70 rental

    Christian Siriano Pink Tulip Dress Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    Pink Tulip Dress by Christian Siriano, $995 retail, $115 rental

    I feel like wearing this dress would take a considerable amount of balls … so if any of you rents this and pulls it off and sends us photo evidence, I will send you a signed copy of our book, “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide.” CHALLENGE ON.

    Oscar de la Renta Blue Chic Ring Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    Blue Chic Ring by Oscar de la Renta, $375 retail, $55 rental

    Badgley Mischka Windswept Skirt Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    Windswept Skirt by Badgley Mischka, $495 retail, $75 rental

    Which piece from this 5Y Collection do you love? There are a few items that would make for AMAZING wedding dresses, if you’re so bold and inclined. Or, if more traditional is your speed, Rent the Runway has a great wedding section.

    christen
  • 7/11

    We talk a lot about buying pretty dresses around here, but sometimes that's not in a person's budget or on their list of must-purchase items, due to skepticism of throwing down hefty bills for a dress they'll presumably only wear once. What we don't mention a whole heap is renting your dress. Renting is often a considerably cheaper alternative, thanks to companies like Rent the…

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    4/23

    Ever sat on the couch dreaming of delicious food? All of your favorite dishes in one place, making your day extra special; it’s the kind of vision a girl diets to enjoy. This week’s BAB has food on the brain – my kind of gal. Hello, I have been searching non-stop for the past three months to find the right dress. I think my problem…

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  • 4/10

    This week’s BAB Sofia has some amazing couture taste! The wonderfully unique neckline created by the detailed draping of the sleeves on her Le Spose di Gio dream dress is truly to die for. Hi! I am in love with a wedding dress from Le Spose di Giò. It is the dress CL31 from the Classica Collection. I am not sure about the price but…

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    4/4

    It’s rare that one dress embodies everything a bride wants in her wedding gown. Often we’re split between many options because of small details. Jane, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants, but it’s twice her budget. I would be SO grateful if you would use your amazing dress-finding skills to help me out with a sudden and major case of CAI/GOI: I…

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    3/14

    We’ve got a special request this week. It’s super special actually because this Bay Area bride hasn't fallen head over heels for a dress she can't afford yet - she just needs help. Looking for an elopement dress idea for San Francisco City Hall June 2013. I wear size 14 in bridal gowns, I'm pear shaped, and I want something long, romantic, and unique. I…

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  • 1/30

    This week’s request is particularly special – well, for me. It comes from an adopted little sister of mine. Leann is my high school boyfriend’s little sister. I still picture her as a girl in middle school, despite the fact that she's a beautiful, independent woman now. She knows she can ask me for help anytime. This week, I got a request from her via…

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