Cheap, Average, or Expensive Dress: is there a difference?

posted 1 year ago in Dress
  • poll: Can you tell the price of a dress?
    absolutely! the material, style, and comfort largely correlates with the price point : (60 votes)
    58 %
    only in person, and you have to touch it; looks the same in photos (the important part!) : (24 votes)
    23 %
    there probably is a difference but I personally can't tell : (12 votes)
    12 %
    no, it's just a brand thing : (8 votes)
    8 %
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    Honey bee

    @patchy:  from my experience of dress shopping i can tell the difference in a cheaper dress to a better designer dress. i love mori lee but when i went to the Alfred Angelo store i could def tell the difference in quality and not a big price difference. and just the feel of the dresses.

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    Honey bee

    Can I vote for “Other”? There will be a difference in quality between dresses but not always in direct cvorrelation to the price point. There’s a British designer called Caroline Castigliano who makes beautiful dresses with stunning materials but I’ve heard a lot of reports that the dresses are poorly constructed. Those dresses clock in around the $7k mark but one girl ended up having to make emergency repairs on the way to her wedding as her bodice collapsed.

    That isn’t to say all expensive dresses are like that but a lot of money goes on marketing and mark-up so not a lot of your money is actually for the quality of fabric and construction.

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    231 posts
    Helper bee

    I could tell a huge difference when trying on dresses. The difference in comfort and in the feel and quality of the materials was wildly apparent. J. Crew’s dresses were the only ones that didn’t follow this theme. They had some very affordable dresses that were a really nice quality at a good price. 

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    Bumble bee

    In some cases you really are just paying markup for a brand name, but for the most part you do pay the premium for quality materials and construction. I think it correlates to an every day type thing like shoes: sure, Payless boots would look decent in photos, but in real life the corso como leather boots look and feel and wear amazing.

    It makes me want to growl when I see people trying to get China replicas of Jenny Packham gowns, then crying when the shop says no or the dress comes back a hot mess…there’s a reason for the price tag!

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    Honey bee

    @Ellegee:  Oh I agree, a lot of the time you do get a higher quality product than another “designer” bridal gown at a lower price point, but you can go to a skilled dressmaker and get more for your money if you choose well.

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    Worker bee

    I voted that it correlates with price, but I think there are some serious caveats here. I ended up buying a 5K dress on sale for 2K from a local design house (so the cost isn’t for the brand), and it was worth it (to me). 

    1) The quality of the sewing and the materials is unbelievable – I’ve never even seen another garment put together with such attention to detail, but I also didn’t try on any name-brand designer dresses. 

    2) How a dress looks in photos absolutely corresponds to the quality (to some extent), a super-cheap garment will not have the same fit or drape. I think this might be a bigger issue when comparing dresses that cost hundreds vs. thousands of dollars, rather than 6 vs 10K though, and a bigger problem for some styles than others.

    3) Some of the cost is in the details, how difficult or expensive the dress is to make (tonnes of beading is expensive. I tried on a dress covered in crystal from the waist to neckline and it was 15K, not any better or worse in workshmanship than the dress I bought). 

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    64 posts
    Worker bee

    Yes I wanted to vote “other” as well. I tried on some dresses that felt “cheap” to me even though they were very expensive. And my dress was a WToo, even though it was less than $1K, the fabric felt expensive to me. 

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    Sugar bee

    There’s a huge difference in quality between the dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal and the dresses I tried on in two boutique stores (mainly Maggie Sottero and La Sposa, but I can’t remember the other designers that I tried on). David’s Bridal dresses all felt and looked cheap — synthetic fabrics, poor quality stitching, strange looking hems and seams. And to be honest, the price difference wasn’t that big between some of the dresses. Some of the lower priced Maggie’s were on point with the higher priced dresses from DB.

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    Honey bee

    @patchy:  Because they were the most expensive dresses I tried on and yet their salons have a really bad reputation for post-sales service and I know of a number of brides who have been very disappointed with the quality of the finished dress and alterations done by the in-house seamstresses.

    ETA: I did try on other high-end dresses which were gorgeous, but I don’t think they were better quality than the dress that I had made.

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    Sugar bee

    theknot.com classes all designers based on price point — you can search for designers over there and get an idea of how expensive the dresses are.

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    Honey bee

    @patchy:  £4500 (around $7200) I think. There aren’t that many shops selling very expensive dresses in Scotland.

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