Post # 1
Just curious if anyone has bought a dress without trying it on first, and whether that worked out for you.
I bought a bridal magazine a few weeks ago and there was an ad with a stunning lace dress. I tore it out of the magazine and set it on my dresser so I would remember to hunt it down and try it on. Yesterday, FI came into the bedroom and noticed the ad. He picked it up, took one look at the dress, and said, “This dress is gorgeous. Is this what you’re wearing?” I explained that I’d seen it in the ad and wanted to try it on. He logged onto the designer’s site right then and there and looked up stores that carry her line. Only two in our area do. He urged me to call right then, so I did. And of course neither of them have the dress. I gave them the style # off the website and neither of them even recognized it.
I can only guess that the dress is new – so new that it’s not even in their systems yet. Which means it could be a while before they actually have it in-store. Which means I might have to hunt it down elsewhere and purchase it without trying it on. That makes me kind of nervous. But I loved this dress from the moment I saw the picture, and FI’s reaction to it just settled it for me. I’ve showed him several different gowns I was considering and he never had that kind of reaction to any of them. So the fact that he was so insistent on looking it up and calling the stores really means something to me.
It is similar in style to other dresses I’ve tried on – a lace column with beading. That style looks great on me. But I’ve never tried on dresses by this particular designer, so I’m worried it might fit differently than the column gowns I’ve tried on before.
(I’m also worried that I won’t be able to buy it anywhere for a few more months. By that time, it’ll probably be too close to my wedding for me to order it and have it arrive in time for alterations, etc. But I’m trying to think positively here!)
It has everything I want – lace, subtle beading, a sweep train, and it even has buttons all the way down the back. (I am obsessed with buttons!) If I can find it elsewhere, should I buy it even though I won’t be able to try it on? What would/did you ladies do?
(The dress is Martina Liana 423, if anyone wants to have a look at this dress that has me and FI so enthralled, haha.)
Post # 3
I don’t have any input re:buying without trying on, but have you looked into trunk shows at the two salons in your area? They may be able to get the dress in for you to try on then before it’s out as a regular stock dress.
Post # 4
I have not bought a dress without trying it on, but I most certainly will.
I’m ordering my dress from a chinese website, make to order in my size. Worst case scenario : It may be slightly small/big and I’ll have to get it tailored. Still not an issue for the amount of money I’m saving to have my dress.
Post # 5
I just ordered a dress online that was similar to the ones I tried on- I feel in love with a dress but it had one small thing I wasnt a fan if- a corset. When I looked online and there was a similar one with a different back so I took a chance- I’m so excited – it comes tomorrow. If you haven’t tried any one, I would not recommend just getting your measurements and buying it online- you may not even like the way it looks- At the very least find someone who has a similar style and try it on- if you still love it- then go for ordering it online-
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
If you’ve tried on similar styles and you like them all, I say order it. The bridal salons can order it if they stock martina liana, even if they don’t have the dress
Post # 7
@MeiFrancis: Can they really? I didn’t know that! Thank you! Now I’m excited 😀
@sassbunny: I did, and unfortunately none are happening any time soon. :/
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@HeyKaraoke: yes! just call them and make sure, but as long as the designer is making that dress for sale, they can order it since they carry the line.
Post # 9
I ordered my dress from BHLDN. Granted, I could return it if it didn’t work out, but I didn’t need to. My dress is beautiful, and while it was a tad tight when I first got it, I have since lost weight, and it fits well.
Post # 10
I did, because I knew I loved the dress and it was a style that would suit my body type. It didn’t look quite the way I wanted it to…but that’s more of an impetus to change how I look than to find another dress. When I’ve lost a few pounds, I think it will look great.
Post # 11
YES!! I did!! Almost the exact same thing happened to me. It was out of my price range by a few hundred dollars and when my DH saw it he knew it was my dress and didnt care about the price. I went to the bridal salon that sold Maggie Sottero styles and ordered the dress. It came in 4 weeks before my wedding and was PERFECT!! Everyone thought I was crazy but I just knew it was “the one”
Post # 12
I bought MANY dresses online without trying them on first
I made sure I knew the measurements of my body and the measurements of the designer who made the gown… Even then, I started to realize just HOW different the gowns look in ads and on website than in person so I stopped buying without seeing the gowns first. I even went so far as to visit the gown in the store and then shop for it online at home.
I am nervous for you ordering a gown you’ve never seen at all ever because magazines and online photos can be so retouched and deceiving that I wouldn’t really recommend it if you’ve never ever seen the gown in person or on yourself at all.
I also agree that you will need to order it asap cuz your wedding is in October… that alone would make me super nervous because you’re ordering from a photo and everything is so sudden and do or die that it would make me want to keep searching for a gown I KNOW is stunning on and has all the elements you want.
I love the pic as well but I think that style is pretty easily found so I would keep searching for gowns you can see and feel for yourself in person.
Best of luck!!!
Post # 13
I, like you went ahead and bought a dress unseen ……. Eeeeeeeek!! Did I loose sleep ?absolutely! Lol. I tried on many dresses but loved the fit of the new mori lee that arrived that day….. Loved it but wanted a diffent skirt, so I went online to look at the rest of the collection and found the perfect dress also from mori lee and also from her spring 2013 line. They have almost the same bodices but different skirts. It took me a week to choose. But I did. I ordered it from a boutique Sight unseen. I say go with your gut if it feels right then it’s right!!!!
Post # 14
I never considered buying without seeing because I would have been anxious the entire 4-5 months. I like my sanity. 🙂
But, with that said…I also did some magazine shopping and I remember falling in love with a few. So when I was shopping around for dresses, I asked one boutique if they carried any of those particular dresses and she said that I could pay $20 for them to get in a lender dress from the designer. It would get shipped to the boutique and I could try on that way. I can’t remember if all designers do that, but it might be worth asking those bridal shops in your area.
Post # 15
I would not order a dress without trying it on first. For the longest time, I was in love with the Pronovias dress – the Dahir. I went to a bridal salon and tried a similar dress on (they did not have it in the shop) and the style did NOT work on me. I was bummed, but I went on to find a great dress when I was able to figure out which style worked best on my figure.
Post # 16
@HeyKaraoke: I knew what my dream dress looked like and had tried on many similar gowns that fit perfect, but weren’t quite perfect. When I found one I loved used, I bought it without trying it on. Best decision I could have made 🙂