1. Maggie Sottero, $900/originally $1,800
The wrap-inspired bodice on this one will whittle any waist, and the embellished lace elements add a couture feel (at a great price). Since the back is lace up there’s also a little wiggle room in the sizing, which means you may not have to spring for extensive tailoring.
2. Lazaro 3010, $3,500/originally $5,500
In short, this dress is luxurious. There’s beading, floral touches, and plenty of soft ruffling leading to an elegant train. The owner had it modified to a sweetheart neckline (always a good move in our book!). It’s not exactly budget friendly, but this much detailing on a dress never is.
3. Mikaella 1661, $1,000/originally $2,000
We adore the totally timeless shape of this lace gown, which taps into pretty much every flattering design tweak (sweet heart neckline, v-back, slight trumpet bottom). The oversized bow sash keeps thing interesting, in case you don’t want to go entirely classic.
4. White by Vera Wang Fern, $680 OBO/original price not listed
The great thing about White by Vera Wang is that she didn’t sacrifice her signature style for the more affordable collection. This one is soft and flowy with beautiful fern embroidery and beading, and practically demands an outdoor summer wedding (it’s never too early to get your dress).
5. Lazaro, $1,500/originally $5,000
If you don’t like the idea of wearing a dress that’s already witnessed a wedding, this gown was only worn for a photo shoot. There are a couple catches: It needs to be dry cleaned, and it’s been altered to fit someone no taller than 5’4″ and 105 lbs. Bonus, the seller is willing to negotiate.
One note: As with anything for sale online, it’s important to buy smart. Use a trusted online money service to pay for your dress (PayPal and Escrow.com are good options) or meet the bride in person—with a friend.