Post # 1
I’m new to dress-shopping and i have a list of dresses i really like from different designers (casablanca, allure, provonias, etc). I have no idea what to do to find specific dresses–do you have to go to like a hundred different boutiques to find a hundred different dresses? Or do companies like Allure have any stores that are striclty ALL allure dresses (which would make things easier)
If you have any advice about dress-shopping and how to look for individual dresses by different designers, its so much appreciated! Thank you!!
Post # 3
I would suggest going in without knowing what you want. You may be surprised at what you like or dont like or what flatters you or doesn’t. Try on ALL silhouettes first to narrow down what looks best or doesn’t. You wont find your dress if you dont come into the store with an open mind.
Post # 4
@MrsBtoBe14: I’ve only been dress shopping once. It was awkward. BUT you should bring some inspirational pictures to your dress appointment. Let the assistant take care of it, show her what you like, what you normally wear, what your general style is. it’s pretty common that you won’t get to try on all your favourite dresses. Not all the gowns will be in stock. If after your first appointment you know what style works for you and which one doesn’t, you could start narrowing your online search down to a few dresses you absolutely love. Then you can call shops to see if they got those dresses and try them on. I think it is pretty common that you might end up getting a completely different dress from what you originally thought you’d want. The one I liked most on my first appointment was something I’d never imagined wearing. I didn’t get it yet, because I will have another appointment at a different shop. We will see, maybe I’ll go back to it. Good luck with your dress journey!
Post # 5
@MrsBtoBe14: I loved all of Maggie Sottero and I had a few styles in mind. I called a lot of the bridal stores to ask if they carried the certain dresses. None of them did (of course) but the one consultatnt where I got my dress did email me similar ones to try on and had them pulled when I got there.
Post # 6
I would find a store that carries the designer you like and just go try some on. Casablance and Allure are very popular brands. They may not have the very EXACT dress but many of them are extremely similar.
Post # 7
I called around to see what dresses the store had and what the sample size was. Keep in mind that wedding dress sizes are not always the same as street sizes – it depends on the brand.
I’d suggest keeping a fairly open mind about silhouette, try several to see what you like. I found that the dresses looked completely different on me than on a model, and on the hanger.
Enjoy the process and don’t feel rushed to make a decision. I don’t know where you are in PA but if you are near Philly there are several wonderful stores. Best of luck!
Post # 8
@lindseyl06: +1 Looking online is semi-useless. You have to know what looks good on your body. Also, quality of fabrics, construction, etc don’t come across online.
Just make appointments at a few shops and try things on.
Post # 9
If you have specific designers you want to try, their websites will usually have a store locator and you can find stores near you that carry their dresses. And as PPs have said, keep an open mind! Try on every shape and style even if you thought you might not like it. Trust the consultants, they do it every day and have a good idea what works on different body types.