Post # 1
So we’re doing our photos this summer… I’m trying to pick a couple different outfits. For our dressier photos, FI will be in dark jeans, a white button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up a bit, a skinny black tie and a dark suit vest…. I found this dress that I really liked, first time I’ve found one I actually thought I would like for these photos… except it’s $158 and I’d still have to get it altered bc it’s a natural waist but I’d pull it up to be about an inch higher bc natural waist looks AWFUL!! Here it is, tell me what you think
It’s iphone photos so disregard the colour… it’s not completely accurate – it’s a nice shade of purple which also happens to be one of our wedding colours!
Post # 3
If you have the money, then go for it. Value is subjective.
Post # 4
I agree, if you can afford it get it.
Post # 5
@MrsPhilly: It looks like a dress that you can use again after the pics and also, have you considered using a wide belt around the waist instead of getting it altered? That could save some money. For me personally, that’s quite a bit to spend on a dress (but I’m more of a bargain shopper) though if you get lots of use from it besides just the pics (shower maybe?) then maybe that can justify the cost for you…
Post # 6
I wouldn’t spend that much but as everyone else has said, if you have the money then great. I think the pattern is a little too small and busy for pictures. I would keep looking
Post # 7
@mrsztobee: yeah, if it were me, I would keep looking. I wouldnt want the pain of paying for something that wasnt exactly what I wanted. I’ve only had two things altered in my life and one of them was my wedding dress, so it wouldnt be worth it to me.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t have a dress altered just for the engagement photos; it isn’t worth all the trouble. It also seems a bit boobilicious IMO. Cute pattern though
Post # 9
Yeah I think you guys are all right… it’s a lot for me to spend. I would never spend that much on a dress normally… I think it’s just that i’ve had such a hard time finding something I like.
@Missy E: the alterations I was thinking would just be to get rid of some of the extra fabric around the chest since I’m wearing it with the waist about an inch higher than it’s supposed to sit. I could wear a belt, but even still I’d have a bunch of excess fabric at the top bc of wearing it slightly higher…
I think you’re all right and I should keep looking. If this dress was like $70 I’d be all over it… But i’m a broke supply teacher… really shouldn’t spend that much
Post # 10
have you considered rentals? here’s the dress I wore to my engagement shoot, I had it temporarily altered (they measured me and took it in on the day of), and though if I jumped around in it it’d slip off, for photos it was perfect. since it’s not the wedding, and just a shoot, I’d opt for a really nice-looking (not necessarily the most sensible) rental dress.
unless you’re going for more casual, then I wouldn’t get adjustments anyway and just wear something you’re used to (I changed into sweater and jeans for an outside shoot afterwards)! the happiness between you and your SO is what’s most important. 🙂
Post # 11
$158 for a dress you have to alter? No way! I’m sure you can find something similar/better for less.
Post # 12
It’s a really pretty dress, and like a PP said, one you will definitely be able to wear again. I’m such a bargain shopper though that I would probably keep looking for another couple of weeks to see if anything else measures up. If not, go forward with alterations :). It looks great on you and I love the pattern. I could see it looking fabulous in photos.
Post # 13
@Diamondgurl: lol I know, the girls are pretty on display in these photos!!! That’s the only part I’d alter, bc I’m hiking up the waistline an inch or two, i’d just have it pulled up at bit at the shoulders to get rid of the extra material and cover the girls a bit better.
But I’ll keep hunting and can always go back and get it if I can’t find anything
Post # 14
The dress is okay. For that amount of money, I’d consider getting something that fits better.
Post # 15
The dress is cute, but does not look like it costs that much money. For that much money you can do better and not have to pay for alterations. It looks like from that pic you have an beautiful shape to find a dress. Have you considered renting a designer dress for pics- you could spent like $60 and wear a designer dress. I promise this isn’t an ad for it but I eyeball and have heard fantastic things about rentherunway.com. Here’s a few purple ones from that site, all about $50-$75 for 3 days incl. shipping (they have a $25 off 1st order coupon too.) You also an order a second size for free and I think a second dress for $25 more.
Post # 16
IMO that dress does not look like is worth $158. It also shows a little too much cleavage for my taste. I would keep looking. Maybe try searching for some solid colored dresses. They tend to photograph better than busy prints. You can still give your outfits a little pop with some fun jewelry and shoes.