Post # 1
I have gone dress shopping several times and have tried in around 30 dresses. I can not find anything I like. I know what I don’t like but can’t seem to figure out what exactly I like. I don’t like full skirts, mermaid, strapless, full lace, trumpet, ruched details, shiny fabrics like taffeta, and dresses that have a real “bridal” feel. with that being said I don’t want a plain dress either and I want something more form fitting. I am having a black tie wedding in NYC so it has to be formal too.
Any designer need suggestions would be so helpful! I am starting to feel hopeless!
Post # 3
Are there any dresses you tried on that were “almost” perfect? Like, they would have been perfect if just 1 or 2 things were different? Can you post those to start with and what you didn’t like about them?
Post # 4
It would sort of be easier to also list what you ARE looking for in a dress – is there some vision you have in your head that you can’t find in person? Also, what is your budget?
Based off your list of things you don’t want, I think what you’re looking for is the following:
A-line/Sheath, with straps, with lace or beading (or not), but not full lace, no ruching, no shiny fabrics.
What fabric do you like?
Do you like something like this:
Post # 5
I have tried on a few silk/satin sheath dresses that I really liked but a lot of people I have shown say they look like nightgowns. I am 5’8 and skinny and thought this was a look a could pull off and I liked the elegance and classic feel. I have tried this on and liked it.
Also, I have tried on this christos and I loved the detail on the sleeves and thought it was a flattering style on me but the sample was so big that the area that goes out at the bottom was HUGE and hard to imagine any other way.
I haven’t tried this on but I think it is beautiful
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@Lbward6: Nicole Miller has some non poofy type gowns, that are sleek and form fitting, like these two:
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@Lbward6: Those dresses are both mermaid, which you stated you didn’t like.
I really like the nicole miller lauren gown that @BisBeanBrien posted.
When you go to the salons, what do you tell them you’re looking for? Perhaps you’re not really explaining it properly? I would say you want a “simple, classic slimline a-line, sheath or fit-and-flare or non-poofy mermaid with simple beading or lace detailing” and show them some of the ones you’ve liked but have been ruled out and tell them why (looks like a nightgown, was too poofy on the bottom, etc).
Also, you’re probably having a hard time envisioning yourself in the dresses and what they’re going to look like in your size or with alterations. De-poofing the bottom of a skirt is pretty simple to do.
Post # 10
How about Chiffon? When done right it doesn’t look like a nightie, especially if you have it in an Aline. That way you can have a really tight bodice and then flare at the natural waist, and with these sorts of dresses you don’t need a lot of details for it to be beauitful. I can’t think of any specific designers but if you go into a bridal salon and describe that they will be able to show you lots of different options! Hang in there, I was like you, I didn’t like most dresses I saw but I ended up finding one!
Post # 11
These are all pretty. Thought you might also like this one
Post # 12
@missbeanbrien thank you so much for the nicole miller suggestion they are exactly what I am looking for!
@thefuturemrsjrd I was actuallyin love with the ortensia, it was my top dress but when I tried it on it looked HORRIBLE on me it looked like I was about 30lbs heavier haha such a disappointment! Such a beautiful dress though!
I also found I really love sarah janks and many of her styles are sheath and form fitting. I am going to a unique bridal shop this weekend that carries her deisgns so hopefully I will find THE dress! WIsh me luck!