What’s dripping with delicate lace, sporting long, semi-sheer sleeves, and on-trend with Spring 2016’s cold-shoulder look? It’s the Pronovias Kampara gown! With a deep sweetheart neckline and similarly deep-cut low back, both with scalloped illusion lace, and mermaid silhouette with subtly gathered train in allover, the Kampara is a modern, sultry adaptation of a classic gown.
BAB reader Kara contacted us to request help finding a look-alike:
I was hoping to find a dress that is really out of my price point and I can’t find it any longer online. It is from Pronovias, the Kampara gown. Your feedback is always so awesome!!! Thank you!!
Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: If you LOVE designer gowns (but not the price) and you’re open to wearing a pre-owned dress, you can find some great deals on sites like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. If you find the gown of your dreams (or something similar by the same designer) but it’s still outside your price range, try messaging the seller directly to see if there’s any wiggle room for negotiation. Although sometimes gowns are posted by retailers, many sellers are brides just like you who are trying to recoup some of their wedding costs and you might find that they’ll accept a slightly lower offer. Keep in mind that some gowns may not be in perfect condition and/or may have been altered — and always read the website and seller policies before buying!
I’m with you, Kara — I love Pronovias gowns! I hope you find just the right one to suit both your style and your price point – maybe one of these is a match? Let us know in the comments below!
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.
Hello out there Interwebz! I am so excited to be planning our engagement shoot. We are doing the session in April, but I am over here cooking up ideas in the meantime. We have two looks that we will do with our photographer: One will be more vintage-casual, and the other is a more stylized, glamour look while maintaining the vintage feel. My goal with these photos is to capture art — things that we will put on our walls and our grandchildren will pass down … few timeless moments that go on forever. I love the Old Hollywood look of the 1920s and ’30s, and I have talked to our engagement photographer about my vision and I believe that artistically we are a good fit. After nailing that down, my first course of action was to find a dress to fit the vision while not spending a million bucks (or even a hundred). So, let’s get down to this dress business.
I will go ahead and disclose this from the start, I hate shopping … in stores. I am, most definitely, an Amazon Primeaholic. For me, it’s worth the fee because I order from it constantly and I use the video services on my tv streaming devices. I searched for dresses internet wide, but I ended up finding one that I kept going back to, and it was a seller on Amazon.
I left it in my cart for a long time before I bought it. I kept debating it. These were my concerns:
Would it look like a halloween costume or be poorly made?
Would it not fit and I would have to return it?
It’s not available on Prime, so I have to pay shipping, and is it a reliable seller?
I finally decided that I would buy it. I am always iffy about sizes in online clothing purchases, but there were lots of helpful reviews where people detailed their own height, weight, the size they ordered and even shared pictures. That helped me tremendously in choosing my size! The dress was $49.98 with shipping when I ordered it, and I had an Amazon gift card, so my out-of-pocket cost on the dress was $24.98!! It came in the other day, and I will have to say that I am impressed, and so excited to have this photo session done!!
The dress was shipped from China, so it took a few weeks. I ordered it February 2nd, and it arrived February 17th, which fell within the estimate given to me at checkout, and of course postal tracking was provided. It came in a shipping bag, not a box. There were some slight wrinkles in the sheer fabric, but nothing that won’t fall out after being hung up for a few days or steamed. I think its gorgeous, y’all! I don’t think that I could have found a better deal — I am officially stoked to do this session!
Here are some photos of the dress that I took after hanging it in the closet for two days.
So, what are your thoughts? For $24.98, do you think this was a deal or a dud? I am voting DEAL!! I can’t wait to start looking for my fiance’s outfit now. Stay tuned to see if I can work any super savings on that!
Have you had any luck with a super score during your planning? Tell us in the comments below!
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