Dress shopping advice..

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Wear light colored underwear. If you have a strapless bra and want to you can wear it, if you don’t they usually provide one. I actually found that the dresses worked better for me with no bra (I’m really busty) because the bra lift + the dress lift= boobs everywhere. My strategy for my first appointment was to try on as many silhouettes as possible and as many different fabrics as possible. When I picked my dress I knew it was the most flattering silhouette and one of my preferred fabrics because I had tried them all. It also helps me not have any dress regret because I don’t wonder what would X dress look like on me, instead I think well it’s the same shape as Y dress I tried on and that didn’t flatter my figure as much as my dress. I ended up getting the last silhouette that I thought I would ever want, so don’t rule anything out. A lot of people find that they end up with something really different than what they initially thought they wanted (there’s a thread about this). Good luck, and have fun shopping.

Post # 4
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2657 posts
Sugar bee

I’m going dress shopping this weekend too!  My first shopping trip was last weekend.  Wear skin-colored undergarments with good coverage – I wore a strapless bra and granny panties.  We went to DB last weekend and they also gave me a slip and long-line bra to wear with some of the dresses too.  I don’t have a lot of dress shopping experience yet, but definitely keep an open mind with trying things on.  I went in wanting a fit and flare dress and somehow the ballgown I tried on ended up being the favorite.

Post # 5
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301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wear undergarments that you don’t mind being seen in, since your consultant and possibly your entourage will be seeing you in them.  Ones that are close to your skin tone or white/ivory are best.  A strapless bra with hooks (not bandeau) is recommended; wear a low-back strapless bra if you have one.  I have been wearing Spanx, for shaping and modesty, but I think I might wear boyshorts to my next appointments to get a better idea of whether I will need shapewear under the dresses.

Everyone says to try on a variety of dress styles, for good reason.  Experienced consultants have seen a lot of dresses on a lot of people and have good ideas about what looks good on different people.  But don’t let your consultant or your entourage push you into getting something that you aren’t sure about.  Most places will either give you the information about the dresses that you liked or keep it on file for you, so you can take some time to think before making a final decision.

Read reviews of the stores that you plan on visiting if you haven’t done so already.

Post # 6
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434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

My dress fitting was so much fun!!

I went to VS the week before and got a strapless bra and matching panties (not a thong).
I went to a bridal shop and tried on 4 different dresses, then went to Davids bridal. Davids bridal MADE me wear their strapless bra (they try to sell it to you in the end and tell you you NEED it). They (of course) put me in one that didnt even fit me!! I tried on 3 of them their and got frusterated because i felt like they were trying to push me towards dresses i clearly did not look good in!  I kept comparing them to the very first dress i tried on… After that i told the lady no thanks and went back to the previous bridal shop to try on the very first dress i had tried on before, and i knew that THAT was the one! When you start comparing dresses to one and calling it THE ONE, you know!

Good luck, and have FUN!

Post # 7
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you have a strapless bra bring that. I would suggest trying on different silhouettes. You never know what’s going to look good on you. I was definitely surprised at the silhouettes that looked bad and looked good on me. Make sure you let your consultant know your budget. I did try on a few dresses that were up to $500 over budget. I didn’t want that little bit of money to be the reason why I didn’t try on my dream dress. I tried on about 12 dresses at 1 store. After I ordered my dress I wasn’t sure if it was “The One” until after it came in. I tried it on and I knew it was my dress. It has been all along and I just didn’t realize it until then. Also don’t bring too many people to your appointment with you because you don’t want too many different opinions.  I brought 5 people with me. I brought just the right amount for myself. They gave me opinions on every dress, but weren’t too harsh and i had the same opinions they did. I had a blast. Just relax and have fun.

Post # 8
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Make sure you wear undergarments that will be ok being seen in!  The bridal consultant will be in room with you to help get you in/out of the dresses.  Have fun..and be willing to try on stuff you wouldn’t normally lean towards!  I ended up buying the first dress I tried on…that the bridal consultant picked out for me!  The only thing it had that I had on my “must have” list was lace! LOL  Not at all what I expected but I fell in love with it.  I even let my mom choose a frilly, ruffly dress (very much her taste, not at all mine) that I tried on. Its good to be open and as other bee’s mentioned…try on different materials and silhouettes to find what is perfect for you.  If you find “the one” you will know!  Have fuN!

Post # 9
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125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - The Cove Lakeside Resort

@hazyleyedbeauty:  I picked the first dress I tried on too! and it was my consultant that picked it as well! ha… I tried on a bunch of dresses after in different stores, but I kept going back to my first dress. 

Post # 10
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@shopaholic85:  i guess they know what they’re doing!  I def looked around, but when I realized no other dress was gonna be able to compare I said screw it…I’m buying it now! hahaha

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