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Monday, November 17, 2008

Finding a Budget Wedding Guest Dress



Ever since I saw Kimi's dress on A $10,000 Wedding, I've been looking for an occasion to get a new dress and do some applique myself (I don't have any existing dresses that would look good with applique added).

That occasion arrived in the form of a Save the Date for an April wedding. Hooray!

I found my ideal dress on JCrew. I guess I should say my "aesthetically ideal" dress, since its price tag ($295) is not reasonable or even fathomable for me. Plus, I doubt it was made in fair factory conditions. Argh!

Needless to say, I am not going to splurge on the dress, despite my eagerness to fancify a pretty dress with applique.

Here are my next steps at this point:
  1. Go back to my closet to double-check that I don't already have something I could use.
  2. Go to consignment shops to search for a cute--but used--dress.
  3. Perhaps settle for making a new pin to go with one of my standard wedding-guest-dresses.
  4. Maybe think about making my own skirt (skirts are way easier to sew than dresses), doing the applique on the skirt, and pairing it with a fancier top.



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5 comments:

Katy said...

Try Goodwill. They normally have some pretty cute stuff and they get the clearance items from a bunch of stores.

I got a couple plain cute ones from Target the other day.

Paisley said...

I know you live in Houston and you may already know about these places but you should go to the westheimer area. There are a bunch of hip resale shops in a row like buffalo exchange, some place called taxi-something and a few others. They have good used stuff and there are two cafes and antique stores nearby that you would like. Also, there is a place downtown called high fashion fabrics where you could find some good fabric to dress things up. Let me know what you come up with!

Enjoyer of the Journey said...

I like the idea of the skirt with applique and a fancier top.

Have you checked out the website http://www.modcloth.com/? It's incredible and has dresses that are addorable and about 1/3rd the cost of the ones you found in J Crew. It's an indie and vintage clothing store; enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

just so you know, the dress is now on sale for $100 on the jcrew website: http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/WomenBrowse/Women_Shop_By_Category/dresses/weddingsparties/PRDOVR~99177/99101584630/99177.jsp

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Anonymous: Thank you so much for the tip! You really help making blogging feel like a community of friends.

Now, do I buy it? Dilemmas, dilemmas. Since it's on sale, it says no returns. But what if it doesn't fit or I don't like the style? Argh!

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