Broke-Ass Tag: modcloth


Reader Maya emailed looking for help finding and affordable gown:

Hi, I really love the dress Inca by Grace Loves Lace, but can’t spend $3000 on a dress, I’m trying to keep it under $500. Is there a knock of it that I can afford? {sic}
Thank you!

The Inca gown is a gorgeous all lace gown with long sleeves and an open back.  It appears to have a nude underlay to give that sheer look. I’ll focus my search on similar sheer lace dresses, concentrating on those with sleeves in your budget. For those that don’t have sleeves, think about a shrug (something I did with my wedding gown for the reception!). Let’s see what I find …

Inca gown; $2,800 by Grace Loves Lace

Lace Trumpet Gown, style TR21722; $500 by Modest by Mon Cheri

Fallon dress; $490 at BHLDN

Long Sleeve Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress; $450 at David’s Bridal

Jessica Howard Lace Blouson Maxi Dress; $83 at Dillard’s

Scallop Beaded Lace Halter V-Neck Trumpet Gown; $450 at David’s Bridal

Right Here Right Wow Maxi Dress in Ivory; $140 at Modcloth

Slim Trumpet Wedding Dress, style 116138; $500 by Mon Cheri

And a couple slightly over your budget…

Umelia dress; $540 by Etsy Seller VictoriaSprinia

Long sleeve bohemian embroidered dress with sheer details; $550 by Adrianna Papell

Let us know what you think of these gowns!  And best of luck with your wedding planning!


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.
  • 2/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWe’re all about finding fab frocks for less, and we’re always super thrilled to get an amazing deal. Whether it’s your priority to not spend a ton of dollars on your dress because you think you’ll only wear it once and you’d rather allocate the cash to something that lasts longer (hello, photography!) or you’re boot-scootin’ it to the courthouse — big party be damned! — we’re here for you. And that’s why we got giddy as hell when we noticed ModCloth had some serious wedding dress inventory marked down … like, way down. Like, under $100 down. I mean, GIRL.

    If you’ve been considering getting a reception dress, now’s your chance. If you’ve been dying to find something super unique and retro-adorbz, get on it. If you really just want a few options to wear to various pre-wedding parties, GET ON IT.

    Here are a few of our favorite wedding styles currently under $100 at ModCloth:

    ModCloth A Love Above the Rest Dress

    A Love Above The Rest Dress, $69.99

    ModCloth At a Rosette Time Dress

    At A Rosette Time Sequin Dress, $59.99ModCloth Beauty Beyond Words Dress

    Beauty Beyond Words Dress, $44.99ModCloth Bliss Way Up Dress

    Bliss Way Up Dress, $74.99ModCloth Bride and Precedence Dress

    Bride and Precedence, $29.99ModCloth Cast an Elegance Dress

    Cast an Elegance Dress, $44.99ModCloth Collar ID Lace Dress

    Collar ID Dress, $44.99

    ModCloth Cordially Delighted Lace Dress

    Cordially Delighted Dress, $89.99ModCloth Dignified Delivery Shirt Dress

    Dignified Delivery Dress, $26.99ModCloth Enchants Encounter Dress

    Enchants Encounter Dress, $87.99ModCloth Fast Track to Fanciful Dress

    Fast Track to Fanciful Dress, $52.99ModCloth Grand Staircase Entry Dress

    Grand Staircase Entry Dress, $44.99ModCloth Here Comes the Stride Dress

    Here Comes the Stride Dress, $39.99ModCloth Let it Betrothed Dress

    Let It Betrothed, $37.99
    ModCloth Make some Poise Dress

    Make Some Poise Dress, $87.99ModCloth Memorable Matrimony Dress

    Memorable Matrimony Dress, $74.99ModCloth Ritzy Wishes Sheath Dress

    Ritzy Wishes Sheath, $44.99
    ModCloth Slow Dance Splendor Dress

    Slow Dance Splendor, $52.99ModCloth Synchronized Sweetness Dress

    Synchronized Sweetness Lace Dress, $29.99ModCloth The Exchanging of Wows Dress

    The Exchanging of Wows Dress, $89.99ModCloth The World Was Full of Wonderful Dress

    The World Was Full of Wonderful Dress, $29.99ModCloth Tulle Love and Cherish Dress

    Tulle Love and Cherish Dress, $34.99ModCloth Wedding Belle Lace Dress

    Wedding Belle Lace Dress, $34.99ModCloth Where There's Life, There's Elope Dress

    Where There’s Life There’s Elope Dress, $52.99

    Oh, and there are lots, lots more.

    With this kind of selection, why even bother shelling out oodles of cash for a wedding dress? Head over to ModCloth to shop these styles now!

  • 12/15

    Hey BABs! This week, we have a request from reader Katelynn who commented on this post saying: Nice Work! I love BAB!! I've got my own CAI/GOI conundrum: I've fallen in love with the Ashley bridal gown by Nicole Miller ( but it's more than I wanted to spend at $1800. Ideally, I'd love a dress between $500-$800. I love the lace, low back, and halter…

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    Today's request comes from reader Jane, who is looking to help her daughter get over a charming crepe gown from San Francisco designer Amy Kuschel. Jane writes: "My daughter is in love with the Amy Kuschel 'Luna' gown, but it is wayyyyyy out of our budget. Can you do one of your great cheaper-versions of this dress??  Looking to spend about $800. Thank you!!" The…

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    Credit: Persimmon Images Hello BABs! This week I would like to talk about my experience dress shopping. I like to think that I experienced my first investigation into the world of wedding dress shopping kind of like the five stages of grief: Denial: “I’m sure that I can find a pretty wedding dress that will make me feel like a beautiful princess for not that…

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    Hey BABs! Thanks so much for hanging in there as we work our way through all the requests for help with finding alternate gowns. While you're waiting for us to get to your request, don't forget that you can use the search bar in the upper right to see posts we've written about your gown's designer, or just pop in "can't afford it" to see all the…

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    Today's CAI/GOI post was super fun to put together! Reader Marta emailed us asking for something a little non-traditional. She wrote: "Help! I am not your conventional bride and am having such a hard time finding a dress. I love this one on BHLDN but of course this is their only dress at $2500: . Really like a low back but BHLDN's dress in particular…

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    Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons -- I think they're super cute, they're totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you'll find yourself wanting -- lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints ...…

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    It's a good week in Weddingland, if for no other reason than our homies at ModCloth *finally* dropped their full line of wedding gowns and dresses (did ya catch the announcement we made on Facebook?) and it does not disappoint. From long lengths to the shorter, retro-vintage styles ModCloth has become so synonymous with, the 44-piece collection includes some classic silhouettes as well as slightly trendier…

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