Broke-Ass Tag: Shopping

1/12

Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request is for a fun and casual dress from BHLDN. Reader Kate commented on this post with:

“Y’all are incredible. So glad to have stumbled on these posts–have loved looking at some of the Etsy sellers you’ve mentioned! After a painful divorce a few years ago, I’m blessed to be a second-time-around bride, looking for something a tad more casual than the frothy confection I wore for my first wedding, but still romantic and bridal. We’re holding a small family wedding next spring. I’ve fallen for the Fig dress by Korovilas for Bhldn–love the unique swing silhouette, boatneck, and mix of textures. Ideally would like to spend less than $400 as we’re concentrating budget on footing the bill for our family to travel and celebrate with us. Would love your insights–this silhouette seems hard to find! xoxo”

Thanks for the love, Kate, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Before I dive into look-alikes, I wanted to let you know that if you happen to be a size extra-small or small, you are in major luck because the “Fig” gown is on super sale right now! If that won’t work for you, I’m also posting a lineup of similar gowns that feature a flowing silhouette (you’re right, swing-style gowns are hard to find!), texture on the bodice, and a boatneck or high neckline. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItFig Dress from BHLDNFig Dress By Korovilas (Style: 38292330), $250 at BHLDN

Get Over ItHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: 231M75160), $179.99 at David’s Bridal

Jessalyn Dress at BHLDNJessalyn Dress From Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent (Style: 39813035), $200 at BHLDN

2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Designs by Etsy seller flourishingli2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Design Dress, $295 by Etsy seller flourishingli

Rachel Pally Anya DressRachel Pally Anya Dress in White or Cream (Style: 8114778), $255 at Zappos

Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress at Forever21Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress (Style: 2000168759), $118 at Forever 21

Illusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress at David's BridalIllusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress (Style: 182892DB), $159.99 at David’s Bridal

Paulette Dress at BHLDNPaulette Dress By Needle & Thread (Style: 37783354), $250 at BHLDN

Roselyn Off White Wedding Dress by Etsy seller GatsbyladyRoselyn Off White Wedding Dress, $189 by Etsy seller Gatsbylady

Love Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress at Lulu'sLove Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress (Style: 394212), $39 at Lulus

Off White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress at Unique VintageOff White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress (Style: P31760), $238 at Unique Vintage

What do you think, Kate? Is the original “Fig” dress the winner, or does something in the roundup above catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to info@brokeassbride.com with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

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.
  • 12/16

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list. This week Ryan’s bringing you a little something for the guys.

    ‘Tis the season for list-making and gift-giving. We’re dashing through our lists with some of our top favorites of the year. Stumped on what to add to your list? Check out this Ultimate Gentleman’s Gift Guide for some serious inspirations.

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide The Ultimate Gentleman

    Top row, left to right:

    Drink up, in a delightfully macabre way.
    Skull Decanter, $33.08 from Etsy seller JayEngrave

    Pineapples are still having a moment.
    Pineapple Jam Pocket Square, $15 from The Tie Bar

    Art + Science = Perfect home decor.
    Atmosphere Print by We Are Brainstorm, $45 from Upstate MN

    Middle row, l to r:

    It’s a knife! It’s a corkscrew! It’s a lifesaver for all situations!
    No. 10 Knife and Corkscrew by Opinel, $32 from Upstate MN

    There’s no better way to start your day with a classy AF cup of French Press coffee.
    White Ceramic French Press, $75 from J. Crew

    Bottom row, l to r:

    A burgundy tie for each holiday party!
    Basic Burgundy Gift Set, $39 from The Tie Bar

    For the artiste, the doodling game just leveled up with a 3D doodler.
    3D Doodler, $69.99 from Michaels

    For the music lover and collector of vinyl who has a knack for tech.
    EP-33 Bluetooth Turntable with Speakers, $169 from Urban Outfitters

    Anything you think we need to our lists this year? Let us know in the comments below or on Instagram @thebrokeassbride.

  • 12/2

    It's that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we'll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you're shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you're going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.…

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    11/25

    Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we've put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for…

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    10/13

    Reader Elizabeth NEEDS our help finding a Julie Vino look-alike that's a little less wedding gown and a little more evening attire. She writes: "I NEED to find a Julie Vino dress that I can afford, preferably under $1,000. I want the Jessica dress, style #706, from the 2014 Spring collection. I need something that doesn't look like a wedding gown but an evening gown…

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  • 4/7

    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…

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    2/22

    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…

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    2/19

    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…

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  • 2/17

    You guys, today's CAI/GOI request was quite a challenge! Reader Jane wrote in on this post with: "Hello! I was wondering if you could work you're magic and help me out! I recently fell in love with Ersa Atelier's lacy Eirene dress (darn Pinterest!) & it is WAY over my budget. This might be too big a big leap, but my budget is really more…

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