Post # 1
I’m new, and recently engaged. My partner and I are getting married next October on a farm. We will have an outdoor ceremony under a little birch tree on top of a hill and a reception in a big barn. I’ve started my hunt for “the dress.” So far, I’ve probably tried on about 12 dresses, and I’ve narrowed it down to two thus far (although I may go try on more). Initially I wanted something with a really lacey back and an illusion neckline or sleeves of some sort, a simple tulle skirt, and a vintage vibe – but I wanted it to be pretty simple and classic. I had my heart set on the Allure 2716 (http://www.allurebridals.com/products/2716), but when I tried it on, it did nothing for me. I still love the back and the skirt, but the body an the deep V neckline looked terrible on my small chest and upper-body. I never pictured myself in a strapless dress, but after only being able to try on mostly strapless dresses, I started to warm up to the idea, particularly since I could always add cap sleeves or lace backing down the line.
I had a lot of trouble finding any sort of alternative that still felt like what I was going for, but I did come across two that I liked a lot. The problem is that they are very different, and the one I am leaning towards is not what any would expect me to wear (and most family and friends have been “voting” for the other). I am sharing some pictures of the two below: One is an Oleg Cassani Strapless Ruffle Organza Ballgown (CWG568) and the other is David’s Bridal’s Strapless Ruched Bodice Tulle Ballgown (MK3576). The one thing I love about the Oleg Cassani dress is that the bodice in Champagne, which makes it feel more vintage to me and goes well with my skintone and hair color. Everyone says the MK3576 is more classic and timeless and more “me”, but it also feels a little less unique to me (which I can’t decide is a good or a bad thing). Ah, so torn! How do you ladies choose? Any advice or thoughts is very welcome!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Honest? Neither gets my vote. They are not bad by any means. Either one would work fine. They just are not amazing.
Post # 3
Definitely number 2. The first one looks odd, maybe it’s your stance but it makes you look like you’re pushing your pelvis out and you just get really wide in the lower stomach area. also not a fan of the skirt.
The second is way more flattering and simpler.
Post # 4
Well I will say you have at least nailed the shilouette you like which is a dropped waist ballgown. I like both but if your not sure I would try on some more, if anything you will find something you really love or it will make you feel better about these two. I work in a boutique and thought I migth recommend a few sticking with the same shilouette and keeping your vintage theme in mind.
Mori Lee 2674
Mori Lee 2677
Mori Lee 5276 (Similar to the David’s Bridal but in the champagne color you like)
Essense of Australia D1412
(kind of a mixture of your two favorites also comes with an oyster color liner so it will have a champagne undertone)
Post # 5
I don’t love either option, but definitely 2 over 1. I feel like the first one isn’t really doing anything for ya and think you can do better!
Post # 6
I like dress 2 over 1 as well but like other PPs, I think you could definitely do better. Both of those dresses sort of cut you off at the widest point of your waist, which draws your attention straight there. Try to go for something with a slightly higher waist/shorter bodice that stops at the smallest point of your waist (basically like all of the dresses llussier posted).
If you are head over heels for either of these dresses, you could also add a belt to the smallest part of your waist to draw the eye back up. Don’t get me wrong though, you will look gorgeous in any dress you choose!
Post # 7
you have a great figure but #1 is not doing you any justice. please dont get that dress. #2 is really nice! 😀 but, girl, if I had your figure, I would keep looking.
Post # 8
I’m going with the majority in saying keep looking. It sounds like you have some time since your newly engaged. try on a few more dresses if you can!
Post # 9
They’re both beautiful, but I think I prefer the second. Neither strikes me as particularly vintage. The bodice of the first one is gorgeous and vintagy, but the ruffles pull it right back to today. I do love the bustled back! The second one looks more classic and kind of gives of a 50s-ish vibe. I could picture Jackie Kennedy in it. I think this one is more figure-flattering.
Post # 10
If I had to choose, then I vote #2, but I think you should keep looking.
Post # 11
Thanks, bees! At least that reaffirms my feelings that neither were “the one” (sometimes I think perhaps I am too particular and maybe that moment won’t exist for me). I will keep looking! I’m pretty clueless as to what kind of dress I should wear, so feel free to shoot any additional suggestions my way.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2015 - Miami, Fl
intothevertigo: Don’t feel discouraged! I had a similar shopping experience! Just know that when you find “the one” you won’t give a hoot about anyone elses opinion but your own!
Post # 13
intothevertigo: You look beautiful in both, but I agree with PP that there’s something better out there. I feel like an empire-waist ball gown would look spectacular on you! I may be biased (as that is the silhouette my dress is), but I love that this look cinches the tiniest part of your waist, but still has the drama at the bottom! Good luck 🙂
Post # 14
Interesting, @ToBeMrsT … I tried on one that was more like an empire waist. I liked it…it didn’t have the tulle I wanted, but the material was nice, and it had pockets! Plus we could easily add a lace jacket that could give me the detail on the back I liked. But the consensus was it made me look poofy and was why the next few dresses I tried had slightly lower waists. The sample size was a bit big on me, though, maybe if it fit better it wouldn’t have that feeling. Is this the waist height you were thinking?
Post # 15
I also tried one of DBs Vera Wang’s on, which was different but I wasn’t sure about the bodice and the straight neckline.