10/23 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Oscar de la Renta’s “Alicia” Inspired Gown For Under $2,000

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Hey BABs. A couple of days ago the fashion world lost one of its greatest treasures, Oscar de da Renta. Without a doubt one of the greatest designers to ever live, some would argue THE greatest. He was born Óscar Arístides Renta in 1932 in Santo Domingo to an affluent family. My fabulous editor gave me the idea to do a post dedicated to him. How do I even begin to commemorate the genius of this man? He dressed four First Ladies. FOUR. Oscar de la Renta had a career that spanned over 60 years, pretty amazing considering he started off by drawing clothes for newspapers when he was just 19.  After the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches, she commissioned him to design a gown for her daughter. Eventually, that dress was on the cover of LIFE magazine. He then went to work under Cristóbal Balenciaga, another name synonymous with fashion. After that he worked for other big fashion houses like Balmain  and Lanvin. I can’t even think of anyone that hasn’t dazzled us in a de la Renta gown (proof). And then there is his bridal wear which is second to none, ever (in my opinion). Just look at his most recent creation, made for Amal Alamuddin when she married George Clooney. It’s one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve EVER SEEN. He truly understood how to make a woman look and feel beautiful and did just that for many, many brides. You will be missed, Mr. de la Renta.

www.vogue.comAmal Almuddin in Oscar de la Renta.

I chose “Alicia” from his 2014 bridal collection because of its beautiful, lace long sleeves.  It’s fall and long sleeves are definitely in right now in bridal. A certain princess really popularized this style again in 2011 when married Prince William. This dress that I chose is definitely fit for a princess. It’s made from ivory silk faille and also has an ivory Chantilly lace overlay.

“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.” (On designing Amal Alamuddin’s wedding gown.)

Can't Afford It

OriginalOscar de la Renta’s “Alicia” $$$$

Get Over It

RainingBlossoms270A-Line Wedding Dress With Lace Long Sleeves (Style: #WD-3272) $270 at GoodCheapWeddingDress.com

SimplyBridal288A-Line Satin Gown With Lace Overlay (Style: 80235) $288 at SimplyBridal.com

RainingBlossoms340Mermaid Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Long Sleeves (Style: WJLM-0058) $340 at Raining Blossoms

BBP1099Net & Re-Embroidered Lace Gown With Long Sleeves (Style: 2439) $1,099 at BestBridalPrices.com

Etsy1100Vintage A-Line Gown With Floral Lace Overlay $1,100 at EllyaBoutique on Etsy

BBP1309Long Sleeve Chantilly Lace Gown With Matching Shawl (Style: 77959) $1,309 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1420Alencon Lace Gown With Beaded Embroidery (Style: F161069) $1,420 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1529Soft Tulle & Corded Chantilly Lace Gown (Style: EK1001) $1,529 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1575V-Neck Gown With Beaded Lace Overlay & Beaded Applique (Style: 2079) $1,575 at BestBridalPrices.com

I’ve included this a lot, but BHLDN really has some pretty sashes. As well as Etsy which has tons. Send me some requests, ladies! I’m always here to help you get over that pricey gown. Until next week BABs …

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.

R..I.P. Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014

Oscar de la Renta at his fashion show at Neiman Marcus-  Chevy Chase, MD

Oscar de la Renta quotes:

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

“What women have achieved in the last 50 years, I wish men would have achieved in the last 100.”

“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

Elaine Michalek
Elaine hails from the Windy City where she resides with her boyfriend, John, and her catchild, Stella. She is a lover of all things vintage, a taco connoisseur, an avid tea drinker, PBS obsessed, a sparkle enthusiast, music obsessed, and her dream is to go to Costa Rica and hang out with all of the Sloths. You can usually find her pinning all of the dresses. Play along on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. These wonderful posts may contain affiliate links, which help keep The Broke-Ass Bride up and running and allow us to bring you this kind of content that you love so much!
  • Tortelainey

    Workin’ on it right now, lady! Finding some good ones!

  • Tortelainey

    Sara, check back next week! 🙂