(Closed) Fell in love with a dress online BUT…

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Absolutely! Living in New Zealand there’s a very limited range of dresses around (I live in the largest city which is still only 1 million people, so less people = less shops = less dress options). I did a lot of research online and kept falling in love with styles from overseas only to realise that they weren’t available here.

In my case I just kept looking, because I know most styles look very different on different people. I just couldn’t risk buying something that would end up being a disappointment and costing me extra to replace.

If you do want to order a dress that they don’t have, first phone around all the stores you’re willing to drive to to double-check that they don’t have it (you never know what they have stored out the back). Then, if you’re willing to order without trying it on, ask if they can order it in for you. You could otherwise buy it online – plenty of online stores sell genuine Maggie Sottero dresses, or you could even find it second-hand. Just make sure you’ve tried on something in a similar shape so you know it will flatter your figure.

Post # 4
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There was a Watters dress that I saw on the Watters website that I absolutely loved and I searched everywhere for a bridal shop that carried a sample.  I even called shops in different states where my parents lived, and I couldn’t find a single place that had it so that I could try it on.  I tetered on the idea of purchasing the dress without being able to see it or try it on, but ultimately decided that it wasn’t a good idea.  Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t do it…I think it’s very risky.  A month ago I found some pics of it on a real bride that was trying to sell hers online, and I wasn’t really digging the dress anymore.  Goes to show that models can make anything look good, but it’s usually best to try the dress on yourself.  It’s a gamble.

Post # 5
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think many bridal shops can get in a specific dress if its a designer they already carry.  There is typically a fee that goes with this but I also think they wil lusually credit the fee towards a dress purchase from their shop.

I’d check with the bridal shops near you and see if any of them have this option.  Then you aren’t forced to order sight-unseen.

Post # 6
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I drove 3 hours to see my dress!

Honestly call all the stores that carry maggies and ask if they carry that sample in the vicinity you are willing to drive!

Dresses look different in their bags than they do on a person so also recall all the stores you already checked just in case!

Good Luck!

Post # 7
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Same way…i fell in love with a dress and looked around for it, saw it on other brides, but never could find a sample to try on.

Post # 8
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is what I’m scared of. 🙁 I have fallen in LOVE with the dress “Adorae” by Sottero & Midgley.. I can’t stop thinking about this dress as crazy as it sounds, and I just hope that the bridal shops around me carry it!

Post # 9
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm that I knew I couldn’t have because it was way over budget!  I just carried the picture around with me and was on the lookout for anything that resembled it.  I actually got one at a much more affordable price that was pretty similar!  I suggest calling around,it may cost you extra. 

Post # 10
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Why not try on other Maggies with similar features to the dress you want.  If all the things about the dress you like look good on you and none of the ones you try on are quite right.. I say go for it!

Post # 11
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I called every bridal store in my area until I finally found a single one who carried a sample of my dress. Don’t give up! Go on yelp and look up every single store in your state if you have to! There’s also the possibility of finding a dress with a similar style to yours and trying that on, and deciding from there

Post # 12
21 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I emailed ALL the stockists in my country and asked them. Thats faster than calling all of them 1 by 1…You can find all the stockists in Sottero Midgley website. I know its hard work, but at least you know where to go to actually see it….

In my case non of the stockists does carry a sample of the Adoare (Sottero Midgley), so I really have to order it thru a stockist in another country…I live in the Netherlands and will order it in UK! I know its risky. I have tried similar dresses before……so keep my fingers crossed…..

Post # 13
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This happened to me with a Fall 2010 dress that isn’t available yet.  I called a store that carried the line.  They could get a manufacturer’s sample sent in.  It would cost me $75 but they would give me a $50 credit toward any dress in their store, not just that manufacturer.  Try on other Maggies and dresses that are a similar style.  If you are still pretty sure you want to go with that dress, maybe you could work out a similar deal.  There are also lots of Maggie samples and re-sales out there.

Post # 14
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

 There are not too many shops in my area that carry the line to begin with, and then, NONE of them carried a sample of this one. It’s funny because I am probably going to buy my dress online without trying it on, but I refused to buy this one without trying it for some reason. I am just worried that the lace will not look as nice in person or that the fit will not work on me. It’s not a universally flattering A-line and it’s $900 so I didn’t want to risk it. I am excited for what I am probably getting, but I still get little pangs of “what if this were IT”?

Trying to get a manufacturers sample in is a good idea. Good luck!

Post # 15
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

This is happening to me, right now! I’ve tried various places across Canada that I’d be willing t venutre to, but no one carries it. In my province there is no one who even carries the designer… I’m holding out hope that I can find one just like it in a different designer, because I absolutely Love it!!!!!

Post # 16
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I might have the solution! Same thing  happened to me when I saw my gown by “Moonlight” Designers. To make matters worse, my gown had been discontinued in the fall of 2008 so it would be near impossible to find it. I phoned every bridal shop I could think of to no avail. I also realized that many of the employees I spoke with from the various gown shops didn’t really know their stuff or appeared to be too lazy to help out. My solution was the following; I called the designer’s corporate location (in my case, moonlight headquarters in California) and I asked them to email me a list of the gown shops that purchased that model in the state of arizona. Luckily, I found my dress at a shop which is 4-5 miles from my house!!!!

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