Lyla by Maggie Sottero

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I never seen this dress before, so I can’t help you but, WOW! I love the back… So elegant and sophisticated, but with a little bit of sexiness too!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

i had my eye on this one too!! i think it’s beautiful but no one in 100 miles of me had it for me to try on. 🙁

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sigh. This is my dream dress too! It is absolutely gorgeous and very romantic. I finally found a store that carried it and made an appointment for next Saturday. I am crossing my fingers for it to be THE one!

 

 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mazzybee:  I saw this dress online today and also fell in love with it. Did you end up being able to try it on? Any photos or thoughts on it to share? I emailed a boutique about an hour away from me to ask if they have a sample to try (found a pic on their website) but no word yet! 

Any feedback on the dress would be appreciated! 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@vhan26:  Sigh. My experience was so disappointing, but it had nothing to do with the dress itself! The shop carried Lyla in a sample size 10 and I wasn’t even able to fit into it. Boy, did I try! I’m a size 12 with curvy hips and the entire dress bunched up around my waist. I couldn’t even pull it down.

From what I could tell, it looked beautiful, but I wasn’t able to truly visualize how it would look since it did not fit properly. I was crushed, however, I wound up in the good ol’ Adorae. Thank goodness for corsets! lol

Best of luck to you with your search! 🙂

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a friend who tried that dress on. The photo you posted is realistic in how it will end up looking on most people. especially if you have hips!

 

It is so beautiful and flows very nicely. It also isn’t too expensive, relative to other dresses.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I LOVE this dress too and thought I’d post this for anyone who is curious how it looks on a real bride, because I’ve been stalking this thread hoping someone would post their pics. This is someone’s pre-owned wedding dress listing http://www.stillwhite.com.au/14996-maggie-sottero–midgely-size-8 with her pictures of her in the dress – hope that’s okay to post. I just love the short sleeves on this. The newer Veda looks similar too.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

my dress! Sample is way too big so doesn’t fit quite right but gives you an idea. It’s very comfortable and flattering (I think)

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I just tried dresses on for the first time today (eee!) and this was the one dress I went in knowing they had and knowing I really wanted to try on. There was another girl finishing up her appointment when I arrived and she had it on and I flipped out because she looked so beautiful in it and I was even more excited to try it myself.

 

Sadly, I had rather mixed feelings about it BUT I think a huge part of that is because like an earlier poster said the sample size was too small for me. I was able to get it on and get a basic idea, but the back couldn’t even begin to close and the bodice was SUPER ill fitting, digging into my armpits and hovering an inch off my boobs. I can’t let myself dismiss it though, because it’s a gorgeous and sophisticated dress and so affordable compared to most. I have another appointment at a different boutique later this week. I’m hoping I’ll have an undeniable connection with another dress, because if I don’t I’ll have the difficult decision of whether or not to order Lyla assuming having it my size would make all the difference. I also tried on and loved Sottero & Midgley Isabella which is COMPLTETELY different, a ball gown, which I did not think I would like. But I did. Oy!

 

I’m clenching my fists in the first photo and saying, “I WANT to love this dress!”

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@christina-joy:  I had the same issue but the sample was too large on me, which also makes it really difficult to tell how it will look – it made the neckline look more narrow, my shoulders big and my boobs look way bustier than they really are. I still chose the dress though because it felt really good and I was looking for a dress with sleeves, which was hard to find. Actually none of the dresses I tried on really fit and I think most people aren’t a perfect sample size so I imagine a lot of people take a risk! The way I figured it was if I liked how it looked even when it wasn’t in my size then it could only get better from there, when I got my real dress. I also like how this dress can be dressed up or down and can look more bohemian or classic/vintage depending on the accessories you use.

Have you tried on any similar dresses with sleeves that you thought looked good on? It might help you visualize what this one will look like. For the record I think the dress looks really beautiful on you and fits pretty closely to how it really will in your size. Do you have any photos of the other ball gown dress?

I had a lot of trouble deciding on a dress and ultimately it came down to how I wanted to “feel” on the day. Some other dresses might have looked better on me or as good as the one I chose, but I knew if I picked a super fancy poofy dress or a mermaid or another style that didn’t suit my style I would regret it. Like you said, Lyla is so reasonably priced too – so I think if the dress is flattering, makes you happy, is in your budget and fits the style you’re looking for, that’s when it’s right!

 

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

another piece of advice – I think the whole magical “the one” idea about the dress puts way too much pressure on the decision. There are many dresses that you could be happy in so it’s just about choosing one that fits the criteria I said before – budget, how you feel etc. I did feel really happy and relieved when I put this dress on but there weren’t cherubs flying around or anything

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@secretbee33:  Thanks for all the advice! You know it was weird because in some places the sample felt too small (obviously it wouldn’t close all the way in the back) but in others it felt too large. Like I mentioned the bodice seemed too tall and big for my boobs. I also really hope I end up with a dress with sleeves. I know they say that if a sleeveless dress is tailored to you perfectly you won’t have to worry about it falling down, but I still would like to have that added security and comfort.

It’s definitely true that most girls have to take a risk and order a dress without seeing it on them in their size. Although all of the other dresses I tried on did fit me better than Lyla, of course. Or at least it was possible to manipulate them to get a better idea.

There were a couple other sleeved dresses that I tried on. I honestly didn’t make a point to note how I felt about the sleeves on those ones. If I don’t remember it being bad it must have been okay. 🙂 I will hopefully be able to try more on at my appointment Thursday to further hone my search.

Thank you for the encouragement. I also realized that I need to figure out what “feel” I want for my dress. There’s a big stylistic difference between a sleek A-line and a poofy ball gown. I’m getting married at a B&B on old farmland… which makes me think a ball gown might be a little out of place. Honestly though I’m going to get whatever makes me feel best. 🙂

You’re totally right about the magical “the one” idea. Fortunately I’ve been able to be pretty rational about that. If I was married to the idea of finding “the one” that would just immediately make me break down in tears, I would have thrown both Lyla and the ball gown out the window already. I got my girly emotions but I’m also a pretty pragmatic gal. 🙂

Here’s the ball gown I liked, Sottero & Midgley Isabella. As the salelady said, “It’s not an obnoxious ball gown.” Haha. It was real hard to walk around in, but I’m sure a large part of that was because I am average hight but with shorter than average legs. I would definitely need it made or altered to be shorter. This dress also looked better with the necklace I have. I don’t have to wear that necklace though.

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@christina-joy:  So tough – I really like them both on you! They are just very different styles. I feel like Lyla shows off your figure more but the ball gown is very romantic as well. I am leaning toward Lyla on you because it gives you such a slim line but of course I am a little bit biased. Maybe you could try on more dresses in the sheath/a-line style and ball gown and see which ones you feel better in? I agree with not worrying about if the dress fits the venue. 

I know what you mean about feeling like the dress was too small in places and too large in others – I think because it is fitted, if you don’t have perfectly proportioned measurements (which most people don’t!) then the sample won’t fit right. I had to make the decision to buy it in a larger size and get it altered rather than hope that I could lose an inch or two, because it is so fitted in the hips. The bodice was kind of tall for me too but they said they could take it in so hopefully that’s true. Is it possible that there is a store that carries a sample closer to your size?

Have you tried on a lot of dresses? People told me I tried on too many and I think I did, but only because I was trying on the wrong styles -beading, strapless, all-over lace etc. Once I started trying on ones that suited my style it was much easier. But at one point I got so overwhelmed and just sick of it!  From the beginning I knew I wanted sleeves but I kept trying on strapless because people say you always end up with something different than you expected. which wasn’t true for me haha. 

I think going to try on more dresses is a good idea – it might make things more clear. If not you could wait a few weeks/months and take a break, because you have a long time until your wedding! 

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@secretbee33:  Thanks! And yes, they are very different styles. I agree that Lyla flatters my figure more. I definitely plan to try on more of both A-lines and ball gowns. Unfortunately the boutique I went to is the only one in town that carries Sottero & Midgley. There is another store about an hour away from me that carries it. If it comes down to it and I’m really leaning towards Lyla I will call to see if that store has it in a better size for me.

I haven’t tried on very many dresses yet. At least I don’t think I have, haha. This was my first time and I think I tried on 7 dresses? A couple of those were easy no’s that I probably shouldn’t have bothered with. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I end up trying on “too many”. Heck, when I go regular clothes shopping I tend to try on a lot of stuff. I like to see all my options! And I also don’t like to assume I won’t like something because it’s unfamiliar to me or because of preconceived notions.

The only reason I’m going to try dresses again so soon is because I wanted to do this while my sister is in town. She lives out of state and only gets here once or twice a year. She and I are very close so I’m glad she can at least be there for these first two appointments. 🙂 I will probably take a break after Thursday’s appointment.

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