3/23 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Carol Hannah’s Coralia for Under $500

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Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Randi, who is in love with a Carol Hannah gown:

“I love your Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts… And your book. If I could climb a mountain (Hard to find in New Jersey…) and sing its praises, I would, but for now I’ve been recommending it to all my newly engaged broke-ass friends.
I recently fell in love with Carol Hannah’s Coralia dress. Like…true, deep, everlasting love. But her prices are way, way out of budget. I’m hoping to spend $500 or less – not $5,000!
If you could please consider doing one of your Can’t Afford It? posts on that, I would be enternally grateful.

This gorgeous gown has horizontal bands going under the bust of this empire waist gown and around the back, open sides and back, deep V front, and a full ballgown skirt. The skirt almost has a crochet texture, but still maintains a soft flowing look when moving, not weighed down. I’ll focus my search on the V front, empire waist and open backs with strappy details. Let’s see the roundup!

Can't Afford It

Carol Hannah's coralia gown

Coralia; Siren Call, fall 2016 collection; by Carol Hannah

Get Over It

Lulus - Carte Blanche White Maxi Dress 112

Carte Blanche White Maxi Dress; $112 at LuLus’s

Etsy seller RenzRags - 2017 off white chiffon dress 299

2017 Off white chiffon dress; $299 by Etsy seller RenzRags (back of dress pictured)

Etsy seller LaceBridal - Sexy style wedding dress with chiffon skirt v neck and simple straps back 249

Sexy style wedding dress with chiffon skirt, V neck, and simple straps back; $249 by Etsy seller LaceBridal

Amazon OLadyDress - Pleated V-neck Backless Chapel Train Beach Wedding Dress 130

Pleated V-neck Backless Chapel Train Beach Wedding Dress; $130 by OLadyDress on Amazon

Etsy seller RenzRags - 2017 Champagne Bridesmaid dress, Long Wedding dress 279

2017 Champagne Bridesmaid dress, Long Wedding dress; $279 by Etsy seller RenzRags

Davids Bridal - WG3819 - 449

Lace halter wedding dress; $449 at David’s Bridal

Nordstrom - Alyce Illusion VNeck Pleat Tulle Gown 310

‘Alyce’ Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle Gown; $310 at Nordstrom

Lord and Taylor - BCBGMAXAZRIA Andi Lace Dress 398

Andi Lace Dress; $398 by BCBGMAXAZRIA at Lord & Taylor

I hope we found something to satisfy your craving for a lovely deep V neck empire waist gown. What do you think, Randi?

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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