Post # 1
Hi ladies, I ordered the allure 8800 on Saturday. I had tried it on and felt amazing in it and couldn’t stop thinking about it even though it was out of my price range. I called around and found it cheaper plus the boutique gave a 20% discount for buying the first time you try it on.
I am now having doubts.
I know there are other styles of dresses that look better on me, but I felt amazing in this dress even though I know a sheath is the worst possible style for my body type (5’6″ 190 lbs measured at 44″ bust, 36″ waist and 44″ hips). I plan to lose weight for health reasons, but don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself and end up feeling self conscious on my wedding day.
I have searched the web hoping to find real brides in this dress, but haven’t found any with my body type. I really don’t want strapless (36 DD) and loved how lightweight and simple, yet elegant the gown felt. It just looked rather frumpy. Granted, I initially tried it on in a sample size 16, but this weekend tried it on in a 12. I will post pics when my sister emails them to me.
Should I call the shop and see what my options are or will everything be okay?
Post # 3
I think you should go back and try the dress on before you cancel the order. You loved that gown on for a reason, remind yourself why. I’m the same bust size and strapless was (suprisingly) the most flattering- straps only called attention to the ladies. Once the dress is properly fitted to you, you won’t have to worry about pulling it up. See if they can add boning into the dress, that will help a LOT and you won’t have to worry about a strapless bra.
FWIW, I’m the same height and have similiar hourglass figure. I ended up choosing a ballgown but I love wearing sheath dresses to my job. I think they are sexy and flattering on my shape. Your wedding gown is probably great, just go try it on again.
Post # 4
@BooRadley: Thanks for the advice! I definitely won’t cancel the order without trying it on again. I was thinking about calling to ask if I could try it on and if I don’t love it, I could try on others and possibly change my order (although they did say all sales were final) I do love it so much. I just don’t know if I am taking the “You won’t remember how your wedding looked, you’ll remember how you felt” advice a little too far. It does matter somewhat how I look haha.
Here’s a pic of me in the sample size 16. I ended up ordering two sizes larger based on my measurements.
Post # 5
I think you could find a more flattering cut.
Post # 6
@michiru4ever: Thank you for your honest feedback!
Post # 7
I honestly think this looks amazing on you! If it makes you feel beautiful, it’s the right dress!!!
Post # 8
Long story short I fell in love with a dress that didn’t flatter my shape. I went to my bridal boutique three different time to try this dress on and every time I did, I became more and more in love with it. Oddly enough, I was always dissatisfied when I saw myself in pictures. The angle of the picture didn’t matter, hair up or down, with a veil or without, I didn’t like the pictures. I quickly realized that as much as I loved the dress, it just didn’t do me justice. And the worst thing that I could imagine was forcing it, getting my wedding pictures back and feeling the same level of disappointment. Dress shopping was hard and not really enjoyable after this, but fortunately I had a long engagement that allowed me to wait for the right dress to pop up.
I agree that you should try the dress on again and see how you feel. But if there’s any level of hesitation then I say move on. Hope this helps
Post # 9
I think it looks lovely! I understand what you’re thinking is. I’m similar shaped/sized and probably could hve bought a more flattering dress, but honestly, you rocking the dress will make it flattering, if you know what I mean. What I would caution, is if you feel uncomfortable in it, like you’re you’re going to be worried about sucking in your stomach (like I am in some clothes), or standing in a way that is more flattering, I’d reconsider. I know when I wear illfitting clothes or clothes I’m conscious in, I’m aware of it all day. On your wedding day, I think you should feel confident, beautiful, etc…so it really depends if you feel that way in this dress or not (and I think that has nothing to do with the dress, but how it makes you feel!) Hope this made sense ahahah.
Post # 10
@chocotaco – That is exactly how I feel! I love it love it love it until I see pictures and then I am like yikes. But I will say that I am literally beaming in every pic they took the first day I tried it on. And I am a practical no nonsense bride, so that’s kind of a big deal. I’m hoping my confidence will shine through and the pics will turn out halfway decent.
@foolsintherain- Thank you for your feedback! I know exactly what you are saying about it impacting how I move and stand. Oddly enough, I don’t feel self conscious when I am wearing it. It is only after the fact when I see the pics.
I went to the shop and they said that it had been ordered and that it was my dress, no exceptions. I looked around, but decided not to try anything on. I didn’t see anything that “beat” my dress and I definitely didn’t want to fall in love with another dress when I have no options or way to transfer my deposit to it. So I am committed to this dress and am going to rock it. I have lost about 5 lbs since that picture was taken and will continue to eat healthy and get fit between now and then (and hopefully for the rest of my life, lifestyle change vs diet mentality), so we shall see. I am sure it will look even better in my size. And if not, I will still feel like a bride, which I didn’t feel like in any other dress. The other dresses made me feel like I was a) playing dress up or b) in a body cast.
Thank you all for your advice. Love the skin you’re in!!
Post # 11
@MelBel: I think you’ll feel amazing on your wedding day in this! It’s a beautiful dress , and you’re going to ROCK it!!!
Post # 12
I actually think once the dress is in your size it will be very flattering. I sometimes think a straighter dress is more flattering than a “poufy” skirt because it doesn’t add width. It’s beautiful on you. If you feel self conscious, spanx is a beautiful thing. 🙂
Post # 13
This is one of my all-time favorite dresses!!
Post # 14
I think that once its in the right size it will look lovely on you. I think that its not as flattering because its too small (sample size) but once its tailored to fit you and lay properly Ithink its going to be gorgeous on you!
Post # 15
The dress is beautiful and I think you look great in it !!! I too am a size 16, and you need to remember that the one you tried on is not your size. I think once you have the correct size you will fall in love all over again. Be proud of your curves and flaunt it !
Post # 16
@MelBel: I love this dress. My sister just bought it for her upcoming June wedding, and it is STUNNING on. I will see if I can find a pic of hers that doesn’t show her face and post it so you can see it on a real bride….