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Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week — or has already started — here in Northeast Ohio, and there’s something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie Grease. Maybe it’s because that’s how the movie begins … Anyway, the tail end of summer’s soundtrack is always a Grease medley for me. (Ok now I’m totally dating myself, whatever. ) I may or may not know the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” well enough to sing karaoke. Even my local drive-in movie theater (which I still have yet to get to this year) plays some of the same vintage commercial trailers that you see in the movie.
Right on cue comes reader Hannah’s nostalgia-filled request (via comment on this CAI/GOI post), complete with a full, tea length skirt, a ’50’s vintage vibe and some swiss dot fabric:

I can’t afford this dress and I need to get over it! What I love about this dress is that it screams me: polka dots, a bow, pretty pearl buttons. It’s feminine but not overwhelming, quirky, cute, and fun. My future honeydew and I don’t have a whole lot to work with so I would like to spend under $400 on my dress! Help, please, and thank you! <3, Hannah

Well aren’t you adorably polite, Hannah! A veritable Sandra Dee! Thank you for submitting your request, now let’s see what we can find!

Can't Afford It

House of Mooshki Daisy 1

House of Mooshki Daisy 2

House of Mooshki Daisy, >$2,000

Get Over It

Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress

1950’s Style Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress, $138 at Unique Vintage

Polka Dot Tea Length 50's Wedding Dress MillyCouture

Polka Dot Tea Length 50’s Wedding Dress, $199 by Etsy seller MillyCouture

Candy Dot Dress AmandaArcher

Candy Dot Dress, $385+ by Etsy seller AmandaArcher

BHLDN Chloe Dress

Chloe Dress by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown

Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown, $350 by Etsy seller EllanaCouture

1950's Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress Unique Vintage

1950’s Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress, $98 at Unique Vintage


1950's Style Swiss Dot Sundress xtabayvintage

1950’s Style Swiss Dot Sundress, $325 by Etsy seller xtabayvintage

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress, $160+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

J.Crew Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon

Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon, $295 at J. Crew

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress MichyLouDotCom

White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress, $350 by Etsy seller MichyLouDotCom

BHLDN Celia Dress

Celia Dress by Hitherto, $180 at BHLDN

(Other colors available at different price points.)

1950's Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress

1950’s Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress, $358 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Retro Polka Dot Illusion Wedding Dress 50shouse

Retro Polka Dot Illusion 3/4 Sleeve Wedding Dress, $180+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Aisle Be There Dress ModCloth

Aisle Be There Dress in Lily by Trashy Diva, $165 at ModCloth

1950's Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat

1950’s Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat, $399 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

Kennedy Blue Ashton

Ashton Dress, $160 at Kennedy Blue

(Also in white.)

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress

Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress, $165+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Add a petticoat slip (maybe in a bright color?) under a fuller skirt for that ’50’s retro vibe, and rock out in a beehive or victory rolls ‘do! Take it up a notch by learning to swing dance for your first dance with your boo. 

Hannah, I hope some of these alternatives will help you to find the pinup-inspired gown of your dreams! Let me know in the comments below! I’ll just be over hear craving a vintage soda float with the soundtrack to Grease stuck in my head. 😉

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.
  • 5/16

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! For this week’s Five for Friday, we’re partnering with Blueprint Registry, a free registry site that helps you set up your wishlist based on the layout of your home. Since Blueprint partners with a huge number of retailers, you can build the registry more with your home in mind and less by the restrictions of one specific store. Which is pretty cool. As usually happens when my love affair with Don Draper returns to the airwaves, I’ve gotten on a vintage-y kick lately, so Blueprint Registry helped me find some awesome gems that lend a retro air to any abode. Bonus: All the goodies are under $100. Ya dig?

    Seattle Map Poster

    Map Poster – Birdseye View of Seattle, 24″x14″, $15.99

    This map is a great reminder of what a now-bustling city once looked like.


    Side-mounted station clock, $99

    All aboard! I love that this clock instantly reminds me of the days of smoking cars and when single-serving friends were those dapper fellas drinking highballs and ladies with hat boxes.

    Encyclopedia of Forgotten Yet Delightful Things

    Let’s Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By, $9.99-$28.46

    I want this book. Plain and simple.

    Crosley CR6019A-BK Executive Portable USB-Enabled 3-Speed Turntable (Black & White)

    Crosley CR6019A-BK Executive Portable USB-Enabled 3-Speed Turntable (Black & White), $99.95

    Psshhh! Beck has nothing on this turntable. “Moonrise Kingdom” is one of my favorite movies, and just having this in my vicinity would make me feel like I belong in that mod, mod world.

    5-Pc Linus Whiskey Set
    5-piece Linus Whiskey Set, $49

    Real talk: Absolutely nothing says classy retro like a sleek decanter filled with a good brown liquor.

    I’ll take mine on the rocks, please.

    What retro, vintage-y pieces would you love for your home? Head on over to Blueprint Registry to see how it would fit in your casa!

  • 3/31

    Daniel and I have three goals with our wedding: keep it cheap, keep it from looking cheap, and keep it unique. During these early stages of our planning, we’ve tried to come up with ways to save ourselves money without sacrificing our vision. Thus far, we’ve come up with several ideas that not only cut costs, but also make our wedding even more uniquely suited…

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    Panic will always set in when a bride thinks she found the perfect dress and then realizes it isn’t available. This week’s request is from a bride who is looking for a solution. I have found a dress that I absolutely love, but there is no way that I can have it. I fell head over heels for this vintage dress before realizing that it…

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    Going for a vintage look? It doesn't have to come with a contemporary price tag. I love your blog! It's so helpful to have a more practical guide on getting through this without breaking the bank. I've got a possible CAI/GOI issue. My style is early 20th century, and I found the most perfect (and affordable!) dress from Ruche. I've now fallen in love with…

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  • 8/27

    Some women get a little queasy about popping a worn ring on their finger, but I am not one of them. When Mr. Illustrator and I were first tossing around the idea of marriage, we debated whether or not I should get a diamond engagement ring. Diamonds are over-priced and there are still problems ensuring that their sales aren’t fueling conflicts. But, I grew up…

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    Melissa wrote in to The Broke-Ass Bride for some help with her Hollywood Glam Wedding.  Here's what's up with Ms. Mel... 'I just got engaged ! I'm new to your site, but your CAI/GOI is a freakin' godsend!  I am usually pretty budget savvy  and I'm coming in under budget for everything... Except the dress! I fell in LOVE with a Reem Acra dress and…

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    Hollah!!! Did all you sweethearts recover from the day that is red and pink and schmoop all over? Well, settle in because I've got one beautiful, sweet, vintage-y wedding for y'all, complete with vows that feature cameos by Klingons and Harry Potter. Also? THEY HAD A FOOD TRUCK. Maybe it's because I live in Wyoming and don't get to experience them, but I am utterly…

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  • 1/30

    Image: Kauai Wedding Photography Many of us agree that photography is a HUGE part of your big day.  After all, your photos stay with you forever!  As if pictures weren’t prominent enough in the wedding biz, they’ve taken a step further into the spotlight with the introduction of photo booths. So what’s the big deal with these anyway?  Obviously, a photo booth lets your guest…

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