6/9 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Amsale’s May For Under $1,000

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Welcome back CAI/GOI lovers!  Today’s request is from reader Terri, who commented on this post:

Hi! I landed on this page while searching Amsale-inspired dresses! I’m in love with the Amsale-inspired May, specifically the minimalistic style and elegant sheer look and buttons on the back, and am hoping to find an alternative for under $1000! Please help!!

Hi Terri! We are happy to see more Amsale dresses on CAI/GOI, as they are all beautiful! This dress has an illusion tank neckline, a full length button back and a slim fit-to-flare silhouette. I’ll try to focus this search on minimalist slim-fit-to-flare or sheath styles with the higher neckline, and hope for some button or other details to add a little something special. Remember, if you find a strapless gown you love, you can talk with your seamstress about altering to add an illusion top. Here we go!

“May” by Amsale; $4,000+


Christina Wu Brides Style 15629; around $900

Amsale’s “Alyce” gown; $310 at Nordstrom

Mikado Sweetheart Dress; $700 at Camille la vie / Group USA

Chiffon A-Line Dress with Beaded Bodice; $130 at David’s Bridal

Embellished Halter A-line Gown by Betsy & Adam; $280 at Macy’s

White by Vera Wang; $800 at David’s Bridal

Style 8553; $1000 at Alfred Angelo

Drape Back Crepe Gown by Katie May; $295 at Nordstrom

Sawyer Gown; $800 at BHLDN

Trumpet Hem Maxi Dress; $300 at ASOS

Short-Sleeve Beaded Bridal Gown by Adrianna Papell; $390 at Dillard’s

Beaded Embellished Neck Mermaid Gown by Terani Couture; $560 at Dillard’s

Let us know if any of these help you out, Terri.  That first one is lovely and had a gorgeous button back detail you were seeing in the Amsale May gown.  Until next time!

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!

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