With previews for the new “The Great Gatsby” movie playing everywhere, it’s no surprise that chic ’20s style is catching the eye of modern brides. Sadly, that kind of glitz isn’t always nice to the pocketbook, as this week’s BAB quickly realized.
I’ve been looking for a quasi-20’s feeling dress for a while, and low and behold I’ve fallen in love with this Jenny Packham dress. Unfortunately, it looks to be way outside my price range (found a used one for $4,000!).
I’m looking for something that is $1,200 or less – with interesting beading, or lace, or sparkle, that’s a little bit unconventional. Help!
Often these kinds of dresses can be super difficult to replicate. There is one over budget option, but it was too good not to include. Plus, I’m a big believer in watching for possible sales or online discounts that would drop something fab that’s been just out of your reach to comfortably within your budget.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Eden Gown by Jenny Packham
GET OVER IT
White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)
Aiguille Gown ($1,200 at BHLDN)
Delphina Art Deco Mermaid Romantic Gown ($998 at Dahlnyc via Etsy)
Grace 1930s-Inspired Bridal Gown ($1,402.60 at Rowan Joy via Etsy)
Ivory Lace Capped Sleeve Wedding Dress ($1,065.60 at Grace Loves Lace via Etsy)
Silk Lace Satin and Chiffon Romantic Wedding ($940.29 at Katherine L. Kerrison via Etsy)
If you’re looking for even more options, check out our October post about the BHLDN “Lita” gown, it’s a super similar, 1920’s-inspired style.
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 just fell in love with BHLDN’s new Ortensia gown It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a flowing, floor length skirt that starts from the natural waist, a beautiful deep V neckline, pretty (but not blingy) details – but it’s double what I can afford ($1500 is my absolute maximum).
Jane, you did the hard part: Describing your perfect dress and including the budget. Now we’ve found some options that are less than half the budget. This way, you can add extra bling – if needed – through pretty shoes, a belt or maybe a pair of statement earrings.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Ortensia Gown ($3,000 at BHLDN)
GET OVER IT
Evelyn ($544.99 at Ruche)
Aidan Mattox Sheer-Back Ruched Gown ($475 at Neiman Marcus)
Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay Gown ($150 rental through Rent The Runway)
Sequin Bodice Chiffon Gown ($375 at Badgley Mischka)
Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)
V Neck Chiffon A Line Wedding Gown ($369.99 at For Her and For Him)
Be sure to check out the back of these options, Jane. Some have fantastic detail that you wouldn’t guess from the front — something I’m assuming you’d like given the inspiration. Finding the perfect dress is a tricky thing to do online – do read the return policies before ordering!