Post # 1
I dont know if this is common, but my bridesmaids have been picking up their dresses that just came in and have been complaining that the color does not look like the color on the website. The name of the dress color is Aubergine (by Dessy), which means eggplant. I’m not a big color person to begin with, and I really liked the look of the dark eggplant color on the website because it looked DARK. We didn’t get the see the actual dress in this color when we picked it out, but I did look at another dress in Aubergine by this designer, and I liked it. So now everyone is saying how purple the dress looks. One of my bridesmaids sent me a picture, and after holding it up to the Dessy website, I agree with them.
I’m not sure what to do at this point, because a few of the girls have already picked up their dresses and taken them home (one lives in Canada). But I’m not happy with the color at all.
Is it normal for the color to look different than the swatch (or the website online)? Has anyone else had this problem???
This first picture is the Aubergine on the website. Second picture is the dress.
Post # 3
I think it’s normal for it to look different from the online swatch, but not the actual sample swatch. You saw another dress by this designer in the correct color in real life, right? Not just online? If so, it totally looks like a completely different color. I know sometimes the fabric of the dress may make a slight variation, but that just looks…wrong.
Post # 4
It definitely looks different, but they usually have a disclaimer about different monitors and colors. If you saw the swatch in person it should definitely match.
Same thing happened when we looked at something on the DB website. Once we saw it in person it was nothing like the sample color online.
I’d be on the phone with customer service.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
This happened to the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for my friend’s wedding. We remembered the swatch at the store being much deeper, but the dress was more of a true purple. What brand are your dresses? I’m wondering if they’re the same brand because those pictures look similar.
Post # 6
The settings on your monitor could very easily make the “online” color not match the “in-person” color (the colors will show up differently on different people’s monitors).
But it should match an in-person swatch or another previously looked at dress (at least closely – different fabrics may lead to slight differences).
Post # 7
This seems to happen with shades of purple. I loved the color of the dress on the websites but the dresses in real life (at the bridal shops) did not turn out the same! I ended up setteling for a shade of purple that I wasn’t in love with but it was the closest I could find.
Post # 8
The in person picture has a lot of natural light whereas the photo of the picture online was more than likely shot in a studio with little to no natural light. That can make a huge difference.
Post # 9
The difference is how the color shows on your personal computer vs the color in real life.
The only way to know for sure what a color looks like is to get a swatch of fabric before ordering.
Post # 10
@Lynz407: I agree they do seem to be more purple in real life compared to the internet picture. Though the fact that the dress is hung up at the window will make it look lighter. I had Dessy ‘Spa’ dresses in spa (I wanted a tiffany blue colour), they were in chiffon, I must say though the sample in satin looked more tiffany blue. I can’t tell but did you get a swatch?
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. Yes, they are Dessy dresses. I didn’t take home a swatch because I had gone to my local Boutique (where we ordered the dresses) and looked at a sample gown in the color we were ordering and I liked it. Probably a mistake! It was a SAMPLE dress after all.
Honestly in person, it is a very pretty shade of purple. It’s not the color on the website, but it is pretty. And you’re right about the fact that it looks lighter because it’s hanging in the sun.
I guess I’m having a tough time with it because I NEVER wear color. I generally wear black, grey, and white. And although I REALLY wanted black bridesmaid dresses, everyone talked me out of it because it’s a Fall wedding and “there are so many pretty colors to choose from” and blah blah blah, lol. I am sure it will all look nice in the end. What’s done is done! I guess I should worry about the other 500 things having to do with the wedding… like getting the invites out within two weeks 🙂
Post # 12
@Lynz407: For what it’s worth I think you did the right thing choosing purple/Aubergine. Was the material of the sample dress the same material as what you chose? As I posted before and as I found out with Dessy too, I think it makes a difference. It will all still be beautiful, glad you sound positive. P.S. Good luck with the invites – this I found to be the biggest job.
Post # 13
Definitely lighter than than the photo, but I think it still falls into the realm of “aubergine.”
Post # 14
@CatyLady: Thank you very much 🙂
@Sandollar: Aww thanks!
Post # 15
I wanted to order the exact same dress dessy dress in aubergine for my bridesmaids. Do you have any more pictures of your bridesmaids on your wedding day? Was it really that much lighter?