3/10 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jenny Packham’s Joy for Under $1000

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This week’s request comes from reader Tammi for a very unique look:

“Can’t Afford it – I’m looking for something like the green version of Jenny Packham’s Joy dress. You did such a great job finding alternatives with the JP dress before, I’m hoping you can help me. I can’t find anything else even remotely similar anywhere. My budget is under $1500, preferably closer to the $1000 mark.”

The dress in question is a shimmery, 20’s-esque, emerald gown from designer Jenny Packham, and you may have seen it on the red carpet in the past.  Often these kinds of dresses can be super difficult to find, with the color and amazing shimmery detail.  Many designers might stay away from such contrast in colors.  Let’s see what similar styles we can find to replicate this eye-catching gown!

Can't Afford It


Joy by Jenny Packham via BRIDES, retail $4,600+

Green version can be found via Chic Vintage Brides

Get Over It

Davids Bridal 1712P2451

Illusion Mermaid Dress with Beaded Embellishment (style #1712P2451); $390 at David’s Bridal

Adrianna Papell 04437454

Beaded Short Sleeve Gown; $320 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Unique Prom Green Floral Floor Length GownGreen Floral Floor-length Gown, $388 from Unique PromAdrianna Papell 4543416

Beaded Short Sleeve Blouson Gown; $209 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Adrianna Papell 4946377

Rounded Neck Sleeveless Beaded Gown; $379 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Adrianna Papell 4691033

Beaded X Seam Gown; $262 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Unique Vintage Emerald Lace Sheer Illusion GownEmerald Lace Sheer Illusion Gown, $188 from Unique VintageAdrianna Papell 5116587

Embellished Mesh Fit & Flare Gown; $369 by Adrianna Papell at Nordstrom

Unique Vintage Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress

Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress, $240 from Unique Prom

What do you think Tammi? Some of the dresses in these colors may be listed under “Prom” instead of “Bridal”, but don’t let that discourage you … it may mean that it doesn’t come with as hefty a price tag! Hopefully we’ve found something that strikes your fancy with shimmery embellishments on a column or trumpet gown, and I think we even found some in a similar emerald hue.

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!

*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.
  • Tammi Doerfler

    Thank you SOOO much – there were so many great choices on Unique Vintage/Unique Prom that I never would have seen otherwise. I am so thrilled at all the choices.