9/13 {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Luminescent, Lea Michele-Inspired Look For $500 Or Less

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Candie is in love with a dress “Glee” actress Lea Michele rocked at the 2011 SAG Awards.

Hi there! I’m looking for some help. My fiance and I are getting married next June and I need to find a wedding dress. We’re getting married on some friends’ property, and it will be pretty relaxed and casual. Because of that (and the hot weather!), I really want a simple, light dress that still looks very elegant and timeless. I fell in love with a white Oscar de la Renta dress Lea Michele wore at the SAG Awards, but I’m not sure where I can find anything like it. I love how sparkly and slimming it is. I’m on a budget of about $500. If there is any way you could help me, I’d really appreciate it!

Thank You!

It’s easy to see why this dress has caught your eye. The long lines and hint of sparkle is super fun. To get this look for less, try experimenting with metallic colors or textures, instead of intricate beadwork, to get that signature shimmer.




Phoebe Couture by Kay Unger Pleated Gown ($450 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Adrianna Papell Dress, Sleeveless Spaghetti-Strap Beaded Blouson Evening Gown ($299 at Macy’s)


Spaghetti Strap All Over Sequin Wedding Dress ($229 at David’s Bridal)


Yumi Kim Cinderella Maxi (Retail $169 at Yumi Kim)

Glitz Gown by Badgley Mischka (Retail $650, rent for $150 by Rent the Runway)

Screen Siren Gown by Bagley Mischka (Retail $850, rent for $125 by Rent the Runway)

This was actually pretty challenging. The dress is beautiful but the color is hard to match. Since you’re not getting married until next year, you could also consider waiting until Rent the Runway has a sample sale. If you fall in love with one of those RTR gowns, you may be able to snag it for keeps AND stay under budget! Best of luck!