5/21 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Matthew Christopher’s “Sofia” for Under $1500

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Hey y’all! Today our Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! request comes from a comment by a reader on this Elie Saab-inspired post. She wrote:

“I am head over heels in love with a Matthew Christopher gown (Sofia) that retails for well over 3 grand. The fit, the detailing, the sharp details on the lining. ALL OF IT! Definitely doesn’t fit into my budget of 10-15 hundred.”

This gown is gorgeous! The “Sofia” is a trumpet-style gown with lots of beautiful details, including a lace overlay and silk chiffon banding. The gown is fitted in all the right places for a flattering silhouette. The banding pattern is particularly unique, so many of my suggestions for you today focus on the lace overlay and the silhouette, but I did sneak in a couple gowns that feature banding or geometric lines as well. Let’s see what we’ve found for $1000-$1500!

Can't Afford Itsofia1_largeMatthew Christopher’s “Sofia,” $3000+

Get Over ItimageServiceJacquard Strapless Wedding Dress, STYLE #318893, $795 at Ann Taylor

34510305_011_aGigi Gown from WTOO by Watters, Style: 34510305, $1,000 at BHLDN

il_570xN.746665050_6xxtMermaid Beaded Lace Gown (Sample Size 4-6) by DreamDressesByPMN, Style: PB109, $900 on Etsy

il_570xN.567299296_1qy5Beautiful Lace Wedding Dress with Sweetheart Neckline by WeddingDressFantasy, $995 on Etsy

9215Allure Wedding Dresses, Spring 2015, Style 9215, $1,000-$1,499 at BestBridalPrices.com

il_570xN.701351275_7svrLuxurious Lace Wedding Dress with Straps by WeddingDressFantasy, $1,290 on Etsy

canvasGeometric Corded Embroidery Strapless Trumpet Gown, Style: ZP341417, $1,350 at David’s Bridal

50263DaVinci Wedding Dresses, Fall 2014, Style 50263, $1,350 at BestBridalPrices.com

canvasMikado Trumpet Gown with Allover Beaded Lace, Style: CWG480, $899.99 at David’s Bridal

92983Aariana by Jordan, Style No. 9579, $838.60 at House of Brides

canvasExtra Length Lace Over Charmeuse Gown, Style: 4XLSWG400, $1,000 at David’s Bridal

5f1b0418-ddc3-d036-aadc-338fb1777c44Impression Bridal, Style: 10269, $1,000-$1,499 at Impression Bridal Stores (check website for locations)

There you have it; my selections for a Matthew Christopher “Sofia” look-alike under $1500. If you would like even more suggestions, The Broke-Ass Bride featured this gown in a previous CAI/GOI post here. Additionally, fellow BAB blogger Lisa wrote a CAI/GOI post recently on the Watters “Nyra” gown, which shares similar characteristics to “Sofia” above. I hope we found something you love, dear reader. Keep those requests coming! Happy shopping!

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.
Caitlyn is a science nerd who also happens to love weddings, marriage, and sparkly dresses. Originally from NY, she is currently finishing up her graduate degree a few states over, while dabbling in beekeeping, gardening, and arts and crafts. Caitlyn believes there is no coffee cup too large, or NCIS marathon too long, and the perfect day ends with snuggling on the couch with her handsome partner and their fur babies.