Personal Shopper: A long-sleeved non-frumpy evening gown under $150 for Laura

Laura P. wrote, "Hey Outblush - Love your site! I'm on the hunt for a long evening gown that has long sleeves. Having a hard time finding something that's not so "mother of the bride". I see famous stylish girls in the magazines wearing super cute gowns w/long sleeves but when I search I come up w/nothing. I need your assistance! I'm a size 10/12, my budget is approx. $150, and it's for a black tie wedding (very fancy, all female guests will be wearing long gowns) Much thanks, Laura from Saint Paul, MN "

Laura, we hate to break it to you, but a long-sleeved, fashionable evening gown, under $150, that doesn't look like it belongs on your grandmother.... That's just about impossible. These are the only five frocks we could find within your budget that would look somewhat appropriate on a younger woman. Our advice? Find a sleeveless or strapless dress and a bolero/evening jacket to go with it. Much easier. If you'd like to go the custom-crafted route, one of the OB staffers can vouch for the quality & great prices at Rechi Shop, FYI.

1. JS Collections Lace Gown ($113 on sale)
2. Eliza J Faux Wrap Shantung Dress ($138)
3. JS Collections Illusion Bodice Dress ($158)
4. JS Collections Tiered Gown ($108 on sale)
5. Alex Evenings Mesh Gown ($120)

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Posted on 01.18.11 at 2:30 PM

a good seamstress should be able to add a sheer or lace sleeve to a dress, too

pamela daley

Posted on 01.18.11 at 7:22 PM

Also, eShakti! Custom dresses at off the rack prices. See a dress you want on their site and they will make it long and with sleeves:


Posted on 01.19.11 at 7:32 AM

If you use a site like you can search by maker or retailer and get a little cash back for your purchases. Plus, you can combine the rebate with a coupon code.

Laura P

Posted on 01.19.11 at 1:03 PM

Hey Outblush! Thanks so much for your help with my gown request! You were so fast! Love the ideas, esp dress #5! I appreciated your help very much & the other tips from your readers are awesome as well! Muchas gracias!


Posted on 01.20.11 at 10:18 AM

Not sure if you belong to RueLaLa, but it's a sample sale with some REALLY cute long dresses for weddings that started today.

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Posted on 10.20.11 at 12:06 AM

Right, I am fully agree with your post.This kind of evening dress is so perfect.Not only cheap but also beautiful.I like it so much and hope you will like it too!


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