First time dress shopping

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

The first dress I tried on is the dress that I bought.  I went home to sleep on it and knew I wanted it.  I had my very best friend meet me there the next day to see it on me before I bought it to make sure take pictures from different angles so I could be sure I like it 100% front and back.  No regrets.


I didn’t have the length of my dress altered as it was perfect with my heels.  I swore I’d wear my heels all night, but the weather was awful right before the wedding and taking pictures in wet ground made them hit my feet at odd angles and I started to get blisters.  I wish I had used a slightly shorter heel for the wedding/when trying on dresses because the dress looks long in a couple of pictures where I was hiding flip flops under after. I would recommend a low heel for that reason.

Bring your shapewear and a couple different options for shapewear if you have them available.

Make sure you’re going to a shop that carries petite dresses, not all do. 

Bring a camera and take pictures from different angles.

Don’t order unless you can cancel within 24 hours or something similar just incase you have regret after you leave the store.

After you buy your dress, don’t try on others unless you’re ready to torture yourself and your grandmother with the whole process.  It might be worth it if there is an absolutely amazing dress, but it also might just drive you and her crazy.

Post # 3
48 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am a little different (read: stressed out by too many opinions) so I went alone the first time to just get a feel for the shapes and textures I liked before being bombarded by the yays and nays of my parents. 

I also think it is important to keep in mind- most dresses will be pretty on the hanger but they may not be flattering. Don’t take this personally. You may have to go through 20 dresses before you find one that makes you feel pretty. You may not even love it. Eventually you will find the best one, and you’ll know… I didn’t have an Aha! moment, but I kept comparing all the other dresses to the one I liked most. 


Good luck!

Post # 4
716 posts
Busy bee

The dress that I am going to purchase is a dress that I first tried on on dressing shopping Day 1 (this was about a month ago now).  I have since tried on the dress 3 more times on different days and am sitting on my decision before purchasing it 1 month from now.  My advice is not to rush.  Maybe you don’t quite have to sit on your decision for 8 weeks, but try on a lot and think before you purchase…best way to avoid dress regret is research and thoughful reflection.

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