Buying a dress without trying it on…? Really bad idea?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Wellllll… it is a risk. I can’t tell you how many times I loved a dress in pictures but hated it on me. Have you tried on enough in the exact same silhouette that you’re confident that it’s flattering and you like that shape?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

the first gown Poppy is available in a few color options:  see link you posted 

Ivory/Black,

Ivory, Diamond White, White

You can order the dress you tried on and LOVE in a “all white color”  I would go that route!  I was in same boat with my dress, the samples all came in pearl/silver and I wanted all ivory. It turned out amazingly well considering I never saw the ivory prior to ordering (not even website)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

oops sorry I just read the line about how all white loses something .  I’ tired, should’t be posting!  I think black and white is stunning but I can understand wanting the all white. have you seen corinne by maggie sottero?  I just love it!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wouldnt take the risk, honestly…all of the dresses I’ve loved online have looked so different in person. I would call around your local shops to see if any of them could get a “loaner” dress for you to try on. Usually there’s a fee for that, but its probably worth the peace of mind.  Or maybe if a store is having a trunk show soon, they will get that dress in for it?

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Karenina:  i think its a huge risk. things can go really good or really bad.

I feel this way cuz when i was looking at dresses online i fell in love with a dress and tracked this dress down 2 hours away to try it on. i was sure this dress was going to look fantastic on me and be flattering. i put the dress on and it did nothing for me at all ; ( i feel everyone should try the dress on. you never know what’s going to be flattering or unflattering till you try it on.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Have you tried on other dresses with such a steeply dropped waist before? That’s what I would be more concerned about before taking the plunge

I bought my dress without trying it on, and I’m totally happy with it. But it could really go either way, so with no time to get a new dress if you don’t like it, I’d be really hesitant to do so.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve seen some girls buy replicas of a dress they loved and didn’t try it on.  When they received it, they still loved it.  I guess if you find that one dress you have to absolutley have and keep going back to, then I think you’ll do fine.  I went to DB a long time ago and tried on various different styles to discover mermaid style fit me best.  But my wedding being 1920 themed, Im afraid a mermaid gown won’t fit in with the theme.  I do plan on going and trying on some of the original designs I like before ordering offline though.  And it requires me to travel across the state to do so.  But road trips are fun.  So I’m all in.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Hi! What did you end up deciding on? I’m leaning toward ordering the poppy in white but have only seen it in black and white and am nervous!

Karenina:  

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