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Shop The Broke-Ass Bride’s Favorites at Unique Vintage!

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Hey BABs! You know we’re always trying to find the coolest, sweetest partners to work with to bring you rockin’ frocks at a price that won’t kill your budget. And with our ever-lovin’ love for cool, retro styling, Unique Vintage is one of those partners that holds a special spot in our hearts.

And now, you can shop our very favorite looks from Unique Vintage‘s site, because they apparently love us as much as we love them. We went through and picked pieces that truly made us swoon, with price tags that didn’t knock us unconscious. With a range of items from shoes to cardigans to wedding gowns, we tried our best to find something for everyone. Head on over and check it out!

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Which of these BAB faves do you love?

Five for Friday: Stylin’ Bridal Shower Outfits from Unique Vintage + A Special Offer

Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! As wedding season looms and you are in the throes of planning, many of you are likely to get a little respite from stress in the way of a fun bridal shower. And of course, since you’re the star of the day, you’ll want to be dressed for the occasion. The awesome peeps over at Unique Vintage are here to help with that, offering an exclusive code in this week’s Five for Friday to get you all gussied up for your bridal shower! Check out these looks, all under $100, and get over to their website to take advantage of the offer at the bottom! Here are my five outfit picks from their huge selection of dazzling duds:

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1950s Style Pretty Poppies Cutout Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $74.

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Collared Whale Knit Dress, $90.


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Navy, White and Red Stripe Cut Out Flare Dress, $90.

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Teal and Black Stripe Siren Top, $36


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1950s Beige Full Circle Swing Skirt, $62


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She’s A Rebel Top, $36

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Black Bow Swing Skirt, $41

Aren’t they faboosh? Which outfit is your favorite? Head on over to Unique Vintage  and use code BROKE10 until 4/12 to score 10% off your entire order. 

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Gown For Under $1000 Inspired By BHLDN’s “Omelia”

What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help.

Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it’s not strapless (I just can’t be bothered to worry about things falling down/out), and it looks flowy/movable!… but the $2+k price tag is a serious downer. I might be up a creek with this one. I’d love to look at places like Etsy but, to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something that I can’t return sight-unseen. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to try it on (or have there be a return policy). Help?

Non-strapless, lace with movement – your wish is our command.


Omelia ($2,200 at BHLDN)


High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress with Lace Details and Front Slit ($339.99 at For Her and For Him)


White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Wedding Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)

Ivory Illusion Bateau Wedding Dress ($538 at Unique Vintage)

White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($598 at Unique Vintage)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Etsy could also offer some wonderful options. On the other hand, your point about a return policy is valid. Consider using Etsy’s “Shop Local” feature to find vendors in your area. Meeting the designer in person and trying things on is always preferable to crossing your fingers and hoping it works out. Any BABs out there have suggestions for shopping on  Etsy for such an important dress?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Badgley Mischka-Inspired, Non-Traditional Wedding Gown For Under $1000

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.


I have been searching non-stop for the past three months to find the right dress. I think my problem is that my entire life, I have never dreamed of the dress I would wear down the aisle. Instead, I dreamed of the food I would serve (how silly is that?). As a result, finding the right dress has been hard, but I think I finally found something that fits my tom-boy, non-traditional, non-white dress taste. The downside is that this dress is probably way too expensive for me. Do you think you can help me out? I have fallen in love with Badgley Mischka’s Cressida Dress. I would love it if you could help me find a similar dress for $2500 or less. Thank you so much!! -Vi 

Well Vi, you may not be traditional, but you are open to showing off your curves, rocking color, and having a dress with a little something extra. That made finding you alternatives really, really fun!


Badgley Mischka’s Cressida Dress


Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Gown ($298 at Nordstrom)

Theia Heaven on Earth Gown ($150 rental via Rent The Runway)

Aidan Mattox Blouson Beaded Gown ($530 at Dillards)

Long Champagne Sequined Tank Gown ($658 at Unique Vintage)

Blush Red Carpet Ready Strapless Gown ($638 at Unique Vintage)

Badgley Mischka Strapless Lace Gown ($715 at Bloomingdales)

Given that your inspiration has yet-to-hit the sales floor, it might be worth it to call around and get the prices once the dress is in showrooms. You’d be surprised what a $2,500 budget can get you. On the other hand, I’m hoping one of these budget-friendly options will mean you can put more cash toward making your food dreams come true.


{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A “The Great Gasby”-Inspired Wedding Gown For Under $1200

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.


Eden Gown by Jenny Packham


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.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Sara Gabriel-Inspired Veil For Under $230

Looking for veil with a little extra something special about the trim? So is this week’s BAB.

I need your help!!

I‘ve fallen in love with a veil I just can’t afford, the “Kat” by Sara Gabriel.  

The cheapest I’ve found it is $337. Any chance you can help me find a lower priced option?


I love the crisp look of this veil –  a copycat is, however, very difficult to find. Many options I found worthy of consideration had double the tulle to allow for the illusion of the double ribbon.


Kat veil (by Sara Gabriel)


Jennifer Leigh Fingertip Length With Double Ribbon Edge ($225 at Your Dream Dress)

Elegant White Trimmed Long Veil ($56 at Unique Vintage)

Double Layer Organza Edge Veil ($49.50 at Wedding Mountain)

Eden Veil ($63 at Romantic Gowns)

White Single Layer Fringertip Veil with Organza Ribbon ($45 at BowMoBBB via Etsy)

I wondered, while looking through the options, if an unorthodox move wasn’t in order. A girlfriend told me that often bridal shops will sell the veils they have on hand for cheaper if they’re snagged. If you purchased one that’s longer than you’d prefer, could you use it as the base for something tailor made to copy this look, perhaps? Can any other BABs suggest something better for this lovely lady to consider?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Long Sleeved, Le Spose di Gio Style Gown For Under $1200

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?


Katie wants to spend no more than $1,200. Her budget wasn’t actually a challenge. Finding something that has stylish sleeves, however, was.


Le Spose di Gio


                                    Mignon White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve ($598 at Unique Vintage)


White Long Sleeve Lace Cutout ($625 at BirdyJames via Etsy)


Amanda Wakeley Draped Silk-Satin Gown ($728 at Outnet)

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Silk-Chiffon Gown ($917.60 at Outnet)

Evelyn Lace Beaded Wedding Gown (£750 at Phase Eight)


ISSA Cutout Long Sleeve Gown ($913 at Shopbop)

Another option to consider, if you can find a seamstress you trust, is buying a dress that provides the base you want – like the Angelique gown by J. Crew – and hiring someone to create the beautiful tulle overlay. This could create a look that’s closer to your vision while keeping you under budget. Given the modern look of your dress, going the route of having a dress made may be your best bet. Consider researching dress makers in your area. Perhaps you can save even more by having something specially made for you.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} An Ersa Atelier-Inspired One Shoulder Wedding Dress for Under $600

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 Pinterest. Her note was brief:

I want this but can’t have it! Help? :)

The dress is a preview for the Ersa Atelier 2013 collection. I failed to find a price for it (but we can assume it’s in the 4-5 digit range). Leann has a budget of about $600. She’s having a bit of a non-traditional wedding but loves this look.


Ersa Atelier Gown


David Meister One-Shoulder Metallic Gown ($570 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder  ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Beaded One-Shoulder Soft Charmeuse Gown ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

One-Shoulder Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Skirt ($528 at David’s Bridal)

Allure Bridal Diamond White & Silver Ruched One Shoulder Wedding Gown ($508 at Unique Vintage)


Xscape Beaded One Shoulder Sheer Mesh Gown ($165 at Nordstrom)

Don’t kill me for throwing in a couple more traditional options. It’s always best to consider all options. And, with that in mind, I had a crazy additional thought. What about renting an amazing sequin dress and making a tulle overlay? Rent the Runway has some amazing options for a base to such a dress, like this Badgley Mischka gown for $125. With that price, you could rent it one weekend just to get the measurements then again for the wedding and still be under budget. Since this look is more gown-like, perhaps another BAB out there has a lead on a dress they’d like to share?

Bachelorette Party Looks – On the Cheap!

Whether you’re the bride-to-be or just a guest, bachelorette parties can get expensive! And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my well-earned money on the party itself than on what I’m going to wear. So here are some flirty and fabulous bachelorette party ensembles, all utterly re-wearable, all for under $200!

Look #1 – Dance ‘Til Dawn
Grand Total $184.59

Dress $90, Topshop • Shoes $39.50, 6pm • Clutch $18.80, Forever 21
Earrings $17.99, Banana Republic • Bracelets $12.50, Wet Seal • Ring $5.80, Forever 21

Look #2 – An Elegant Affair
Grand Total: $179.99

Dress $146, Unique-Vintage • Shoes $15, $15 Store• Clutch $12.97,
Old Navy • Earrings $5.8o, Forever 21

Look #3 – Chill and Flirty
Grand Total: $182.55

Dress $58.99, Modcloth • Shoes $49, Urban Outfitters• Bag $59, Etsy • Headband $4.8o,
Forever 21 • Earrings $10.76, ASOS

What will you wear for your bachelorette party?

-Dana F.