Broke-Ass Tag: Shopbop


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Today’s CAI/GOI gown is GORGEOUS! Reader Hannah commented on this post with:

“I would LOVE it if you could find some alternatives to the Berta 15-107 …i’m looking for something with long sleeves and a deep v neck (to the bust…nothing that shows off the stomach etc, i’m not that daring!) with quite modern detailing….about $3-$4k”

The Berta 15-107 gown is from last year’s Fall/Winter collection and features an illusion long-sleeve top with deep v-neck and open back, scalloped embroidered lace throughout and jeweled accents. It’s sleek and sexy with modern details. Berta gowns are some of my favorites, Hannah, so I feel you on the gown-love here. For my search, I focused on long-sleeved gowns with a lower v-neck. I am also giving you a few gowns with modern accents or interesting features (glam sequins, ya’ll). Let’s check ’em out!

Can't Afford ItBerta Bridal Plunging Neckline Lace Gown Berta Bridal style 15-107Berta Bridal Fall/Winter Collection (Style: 15-107), Berta gowns range $7,800-$10,000+

Get Over ItLace Long Sleeve Illusion V-Neck Wedding Dress at David's BridalLace Long Sleeve Illusion V-Neck Wedding Dress By Galina Signature (Style: SWG727), $1,250 at David’s Bridal

Khione Gown at BHLDNKhione Gown By Sophia Kokosalaki (Style: 36999720), $2,150 at BHLDN

Vintage Style Lace Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline and Long Sleeves by ieie on etsy“Amber” Vintage Style Lace Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline and Long Sleeves (Style: Amber LG140701), $559.95+ via Etsy seller ieie

Long Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline at David's BridalLong Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline (Style: SWG719), $1,450 at David’s Bridal

Beilin Gown at BHLDNBeilin Gown By Watters (Style: 34788182), $2,300 at BHLDN

Lace wedding dress by Barzelai on etsyLace wedding dress $460 by Etsy seller barzelai
Badgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck GownBadgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown (Style: 0400088885285), $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue

White by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalWhite by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351270), $1,498 at David’s Bridal

Cibella Gown at BHLDNCibella Gown By Eliza Jane Howell (Style: 37869294), $2,000 at BHLDN

Sequin Wedding Dress by makemydresses on etsySequin Wedding Dress, $989 by Etsy seller MakeMyDress

Long Sleeve Beaded Lace Plunge Neckline Gown at David's BridalLong Sleeve Beaded Lace Plunge Neckline Gown (Style: SWG695), $799.99 at David’s Bridal

French Lace, Deep-V Neck Long Sleeve 1930's Art Deco Inspired Fitted-Flare Trumpet Bias Gown by Rebecca Schoneveld on etsy“Cora-Ingrid” French Lace, Deep-V Neck Long Sleeve 1930s Art Deco Inspired Fitted-Flare Trumpet Bias Gown, $2,620 by Etsy seller RebeccaSchoneveld

Theia Nicole Lace GownTheia Nicole Lace Gown (Style: THEIA30040), $1,495 at Shopbop

Long Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown with 3D Flowers at David's BridalLong Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown with 3D Flowers (Style: SWG677), $749.99 at David’s Bridal

Tribal Lace Open Back Hand Embellished Wedding Dress by IDoCoutureBridalTribal Lace Open Back Hand Embellished Wedding Dress, $2,650 by Etsy seller IDoCoutureBridal

Phew! Those are a lot of lovely, long-sleeved dresses! I think that last option comes pretty darned close to the Berta gown, don’t you? Hannah, did we help you get over the Berta 15-107? 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.

*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.
  • 2/19

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    ModCloth Perennial Dress

    Perennial Poise Dress, $250 from ModCloth

    Shopping for a wedding dress is one of the huge milestones of the wedding planning process — and can often be intimidating and overwhelming. This can be even more true when you’re a Broke-Ass Bride and are operating on a v. tight budget. While some broke-ass couples may allocate more for the wedding gown (because there are some of us who put that as a high priority, and good on ya, girl!), there are also a number of us who cringe at the thought of dropping some serious dough on a dress they may only wear once. Putting a strict threshold on the amount you’re willing to shell out for your gown may limit your options — you can pretty much count out that schmancy bridal salon — it does open up the doors for some creative shopping. For this week’s Five for Friday, I dug up some perhaps surprising places where you can get your wedding dress online, and for a measly $500 or less.


    While Asos is often known as an affordable stop for adorable clothes for work and play (guys, they have a great selection of extended lines, too — plus, tall, petite and maternity), they’re also a total hidden gem for gorgeous dresses that can easily translate to wedding attire. They have a huge selection under $500, which should leave enough room in your budget to accessorize the hell outta yourself!


    I mean, is anyone really surprised ModCloth made this list? Their super cute vintage styles are everything a Broke-Ass Bride could dream of — and in recent months, they’ve expanded to include very wedding-specific styles, all at a price point that would make any BAB happy.


    While Shopbop may be better known for high-end designers and labels, if you dig deep enough into their Wedding Boutique, you’ll find a plethora of gorgeous frocks that totally fit a Broke-Ass budget. With names like Badgley Mischka, Rachel Zoe and Jill Stuart, you can totally rock a designer gown without forking over too much cash.


    The well-known department store has a gorgeous selection of wedding dresses — but many fall well outside the parameters of what Broke-Asses may want to pay. The real hidden treasure at Nordstrom is in their bridesmaid dress selection — most of which come in some shade of white or off-white, and bear labels by the likes of Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier. Score one of these beauties for a fraction of the cost of a wedding gown by the same designer and rock your wedding day in style!


    What’s not to love about Anthropologie’s wedding line? Very little, in our opinions. Often a go-to resource for our “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” column because of their approachable price points, BHLDN has certainly become a mainstay here on BAB. While most of the gowns run in the $900-$2000 range, checking under the Reception Dresses or Sale tabs will yield a whole wonderland of beautiful options for well under $500.

  • 11/12

    Galia Lahav-Dolce-F

    Hey, hey BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with: "My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted,…

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    Naomi Neoh Clementine

    Is it really Thursday again? You bet! And that means a new CAI/GOI post is in order. This week's request was from reader Shannon, who wrote in looking for a gown like the "Clementine" from Naomi Neoh. Her request posed two challenges, as the "Clementine" is only available in the UK and it retails for £2,900 ... that would be over $4,400, a wee bit…

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    Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown

    Before we get down to the business of Gown Hunting, let’s take a moment to welcome our new BAB team member, Caitlyn, who did a bang-up job on her post last week! Kudos, Caitlyn! And now back to the fashion frenzy, reader fanfanstella had the most eloquent way of phrasing her dress dilemma. In her comment to another CAI/GOI post, she said the Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly…

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  • 10/3

    Well hey there, October! It's a big ol' month here at BAB! Dana is GETTING FREAKING MARRIED on Sunday, I'm turning 30 next week and there are tons of awesome new projects in the works behind the scenes. Oh, and of course, there are sales and deals like you would believe going on! This Ten for the Weekend is brimming with some sweet sales, but…

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    It's like the shoe gods are daring us not to shop this weekend, you guys. Seriously. There are so many sweet deals for killer kicks in this edition of Ten for the Weekend that you'll be well-heeled and rarin' to go without so much as a dent to your bank account. Also: Beach essentials to help you bid adieu to summer, #CraftOptions because ... well ...…

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    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? Thanks! Katie wants to spend no more than $1,200. Her budget wasn’t actually a challenge. Finding…

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  • 12/20

    "Budget" has always been a word I kind of hate. It really kills the joy of shopping for, well, anything. But of course, it's a very important factor when it comes to BAB weddings. I fell in love with the Wtoo Olivia gown in oatmeal. I went to try it on and absolutely love it. I have been trying to find a used one to…

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