This week’s BAB Sofia has some amazing couture taste! The wonderfully unique neckline created by the detailed draping of the sleeves on her Le Spose di Gio dream dress is truly to die for.
I am in love with a wedding dress from Le Spose di Giò. It is the dress CL31 from the Classica Collection. I am not sure about the price but I don’t want to pay more than $1,500. Would you be able to give me any ideas? I really like the neckline and sort of transparent sleeves.
So, Sofia, I’m starting with an apology. I failed to find the retail price for this European designer. It might be worthwhile to check local shops in your area in case it’s more affordable than it appears. Until then, here are some wonderful alternatives for you to covet.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Le Spose di Gio gown
GET OVER IT
Honeychurch Wedding Gown ($1,200 at English Dept via Etsy)
Savoir Faire Gown ($1,400 at BHLDN)
Off the Shoulder Chiffon Wedding Gown ($295.99 at For Her and For Him)
One Shoulder Metallic Detail Fit-and-Flare Gown ($699.99 at David’s Bridal)
Florence Gown by Reem Acra ($400 rental through Rent the Runway)
Off Shoulder Trumpet Bridal Gown by Rami Kashou ($462.50 at Bebe)
Fit to Flare Wedding Gown with Illusion Neckline ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)
Finding something that matches your inspiration’s super beautiful neckline was super difficult. After looking really closely at lots of necklines – a strange way to spend a Sunday evening – these came up as noteworthy alternatives. Hopefully you’ll find something here that makes your heart swoon!
Finding a long-sleeve dress that doesn’t look like a separate part of the dress – that’s this week’s challenge.
I need your help! I can’t afford Le Spose di Gio’s CL11 but am having trouble getting over it. Any ideas on stylish dresses where sleeves don’t look like add-ons?
Katie wants to spend no more than $1,200. Her budget wasn’t actually a challenge. Finding something that has stylish sleeves, however, was.
CAN’T AFFORD IT
Le Spose di Gio
GET OVER IT
Mignon White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve ($598 at Unique Vintage)
White Long Sleeve Lace Cutout ($625 at BirdyJames via Etsy)
Amanda Wakeley Draped Silk-Satin Gown ($728 at Outnet)
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Silk-Chiffon Gown ($917.60 at Outnet)
Evelyn Lace Beaded Wedding Gown (£750 at Phase Eight)
ISSA Cutout Long Sleeve Gown ($913 at Shopbop)
Another option to consider, if you can find a seamstress you trust, is buying a dress that provides the base you want – like the Angelique gown by J. Crew – and hiring someone to create the beautiful tulle overlay. This could create a look that’s closer to your vision while keeping you under budget. Given the modern look of your dress, going the route of having a dress made may be your best bet. Consider researching dress makers in your area. Perhaps you can save even more by having something specially made for you.