Post # 1
I’m pretty much in love with Maggie Sottero’s dresses and was told that on average they run between $1,500-$2,000. I have yet to see these dresses in person, or to be told their actual prices (I’d see myself paying more because they look STUNNING), but my older sister said that Maggie dresses were low-end, and cheap “budget” dresses, and that it showed. She said that she went with Mori Lee, who is a far better designer and is more top-of-the-line without spending a small fortune. She also said that Maggie was more mainstream (her words “more David’s Bridal”) than Mori Lee too.
I guess I’m a little confused now because I thought Maggie Sottero dresses were pretty good, and I know many gals have beautiful Maggies dressses (heck I am in love with her designs) and, while I don’t know much about Mori Lee (I haven’t really looked at her dresses) from what I did see, I assumed her dresses were in the same category as Maggie Sottero dresses, and was told that Mori Lee dresses run about the same as Maggie Sottero gowns. I didn’t really think of either designer as “Mainstream” (i.e. you don’t see their ads on TV and you don’t sing “You’ll Love Maggie Sottero”) but I don’t think “mainstream” is bad either. (mainstream might not be the right word, I just mean that everyone – even non-brides, have heard of David’s Bridal) My friend had a STUNNING gown from David’s Bridal, and she wore it like a $20,000 gown. If you love the dress it shouldn’t really matter if a group of mice, birds, and forest animals made it for you or if it is the most popular dress around.
This phone conversation just happened while my sister and I were talking about my upcoming dress shopping appointment, so I’m a little shocked. I’ll say it again, I LOVE Maggie Sottero dresses and never in a million years did I think I would hear anyone call them “cheap”. I’m not meaning to offend anyone, and I personally think Maggie is an AMAZING designer, but I would like feed back… like why would anyone say these things? The only “cheap” dresses I can think of are knockoffs…(I bought a knockoff prom dress and eek, it’s lace up back was actually YARN).
Post # 3
I don’t think it really matters as long as you like the dress, think it is good quality and it’s within your budget.
I didn’t really look at Mori Lee or Maggie Sottero, so I’m not really sure where they fall price wise.
Post # 4
I’m no dress expert but I tried on both brands and thought they were pretty similar in terms of quality. They were pretty similar price-wise too if I recall correctly.
Post # 5
Their quality is certainly not the best….but then again, who can tell that except the person wearing the gown?
EDIT: My dress was a replica, so obviously being super high quality was not important to me. That said, my tailor told me that my knock-off was the same level of quality as some popular designers like Maggie.
Post # 6
I think your sis is trying to be a brand snob. Mori Lee happened to be my prom dress designer. But, I’ve seen real MS dresses in person and they by no way look cheap or “david’s bridal” or whatever. MS’s dresses are gorgeous and very well made with really good material. I don’t think Mori Lee or MS are better than the other. I think for that price point, MS and Mori Lee are the same. Also, MS has what looks to be (though I could be mistaken) a “higher end” line – Sottero and Midgley.
You’ll also be surprised with the good quality you can get from the cheap knockoff dresses. It depends where you purchase it from, by dressilyme has had amazingly good reviews on here (and on project wedding), as well as Landy Bridal and some other places.
I suggest that the thing you do is go look at the dresses for yourself and decide what you think on your own. And, tell your sister to keep her negative comments to herself. Unless the dress looks bad on you, she shouldn’t say anything. She hasn’t even seen you in it!
Post # 7
For the price rance Maggie’s are great dresses. Most of there dresses are in the $1200-$1500 range. They are a better quality than the dresses you will find at David’s Bridal but are pretty popular due to price point, I would not call a Mori Lee a better quality gown. Do your on research and go with what you love!!!
Post # 8
Wow that’s kind of messed up for your sister to say that. While I dont think that they use the highest quality, they’re dresses are extremely popular and loved by many so if you want to join those ladies in the ranks then you go for it!
All the Mori Lee dresses I saw were cheaper than any MS dresses I tried on, so ask your sister who’s more of a “budget bride” now.
Post # 9
I think your sister is a little biased. I think both brands are actually pretty good quality. Also, sometimes you pay more for a lower quality item and less for higher quality item. One of my favorite quotes from Warren Buffet is “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”
I wouldn’t buy something just because of the name brand, I buy whatever looks the best and feels high quality.
Post # 10
I tried on a few maggies and a couple mori lees. Both good designers, although neither were my final choice.
Post # 11
I thought the Maggies I tried on were nice. They seemed to have nice fabric and all. The Davids Bridal dresses, though, were obviously cheaper, felt cheaper, etc.
Sorry but 2k for a dress isn’t a cheap dress by any means. Go with whatever looks best on you because that’s what really matters!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I’m a bit of a stickler on this one since I love bridal fashion. There is no Maggie Sottero. She is not a designer.
Maggie Sottero is the name of a manufacturer. There are designers behind the brand and I believe one got mention this year at bridal market. But Maggie herself doesn’t exist.
They are in the same range as Mori Lee dresses. Most dresses made in China are coming from the same city, so they probably come from the same place. I wouldn’t consider either to be “top of the line” after seeing them in person and comparing them to designer gowns.
But designer gows are out of reach for many if you aren’t interested in a sample or preowned gown, so the Maggie Sottero dresses are a great option.
Post # 13
I purchased a Maggie, and this is after trying on dresses in multiple price ranges. (Davids to Ravini ($6000))
I found that the Maggies fit me better than any other designer. They aren’t very high end, but they are higher end than most. The construction was right up there with the more expensive lines and while the materials were not as soft/luxurious as the higher lines, it was infinately better than the lower ones. I needed Zero alterations to my Maggie, but if I chose an AA, Davids, or Ravini I would have had to have the dress completely altered. The first time I tried on Maggie…I knew that was who I was going to go with, the dresses just fit perfectly.
I also tried on a few mori lees, and I was not as impressed. For me they were not as well constructed, and the dresses had much longer torsos then what I needed, so alterations would have been an issue here as well. But if you have a longer torso then me (I border on Petite tops, have a high waist and extremely long legs) than Mori Lee may be the perfect fit for you.
I think it is all going to come down to who FITS you better and what you are looking for in a gown. But I didn’t feel under any circumstances that MS gowns were “lesser” quality then any other gown.
Hope this helps!
Post # 14
How important is quality if you are only going to wear it for one day? Are you planning on making your daughter wear it down the road?
I’d say if you like a unique design, go for it!
Post # 15
I’m probably biased because I bought a Maggie dress but I think her designs are beautiful and the quality is just fine.
Also, as far as price point goes…at the shop I went to, their Maggie gowns range from $700-$2300 (not including Sottero and Midgley gowns, which are more expensive), and the Mori Lee gowns are $300-$1400.
Post # 16
I tried on dresses from both lines, and the quality is very similar between Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero. The Mori Lee’s that I found were actually less expensive than most Maggie’s ($400-1000 for Mori Lee vs. $800-1400 for Maggie) so I thought Mori Lee was a better value, and I liked that they seem less common, as in I don’t know every Mori Lee by sight from seeing them on the bee. But I think they are both decent quality lines and you should just go with the dress you love!