Post # 1
I have MANY of the JCrew Sophia dresses at home. I love the fit, works well for my frame, they look great on me and comfy! So that’s why I opted to get the JCrew Sophia Gown (the long version) in ivory for my wedding dress. I got it on eBay NWT.
It needs altering.
- It’s waaaaaay to long (will repurpose chiffon into a flower belt and hair piece)
- The boobage area is too loose (the dresses fit my A cup fine however)
- The shoulders could be taken up to help with boobage drooping
So, would you spend the money to get it fitted and then dress is up with a flowerhair piece and maybe a pretty flower sash, etc?
My wedding is casual & outdoors; I want to be able to move around easily.
I saw a real wedding online with this dress (one and only so far!) and it didn’t look the best on her. She was a pretty bride, but her boobage area was loose as well, it crinkled at the waist (although mine hasn’t yet), and she looks like she wore the shoulders too far inward. Probably unaltered. Made me reconsider my dress actually.
A) Get it altered, accessorize, it’ll look great – afterall the dresses fit so nicely.
B) Get a different gown, resell this one on eBay NWT to recoup some costs?
The dress on JCrew’s website – I LOVE floaty chiffon:
Me in the dress, unaltered – my model pose:
Me in the dress, unaltered – frumpy dump pose:
The real wedding online:
Post # 3
I’d look elsewhere. That seems to be a lot of alterations for a dress that you are no longer loving.
*You may want to add a poll.
Post # 4
I don’t like how it fit on the lady in the wedding link. Her’s looked off the shelf.
The Sophia dresses look good on me, so just not sure if after alterations that my gown will look as good as my dresses. KWIM?
Post # 5
I think it will be fine with the alterations and really nice jewelry and maybe a sash. I love it on you… really easy and beautiful. Somtimes simple is stunning and I think this will be after adjusting the fit.
Post # 6
Like EsqBailey: I love it on you too. I bought one similar to that for myself, but then I thought, I’d better try to sell it, because I bought it in a 16 (largest size they had) and I probably wear a 26 right now. Although, I have nearly 1 yr. to lose the weight. -so I have another dress that I only have to lose 3 dress sizes for. lol. If I do end up losing so much weight /inches that I can wear the 16, (and if it doesn’t sell) then I will keep it for a reception dress and wear the other (with lots of alterations, or sell the 2nd one.
Post # 7
The dress is simple but it’s pretty. I liked it on the webpage. 🙂
I think if you do up your hair and have nice accessories, it will dress up nicely. A sash or belt would go a long way as well. Readjusting the shoulders and hemming the dress seem to be easy alterations. You can even add some type of decoration on the shoulder straps.
As for the chest area, I think the cut of the dress is supposed to be a little loose and not like a corset or sweetheart… I don’t think it looks bad at all, but I suppose it’s more modest than va va voom. A push up bra or brasier might help.
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies so far!
I’m going to take it in to an alteration shop tomorrow to see how much it costs. I think it might be worth getting it properly fit (last alteration I had was $20 4 years ago!). I do love the JCrew photo of it so much.
I was kind of arching my back to prevent peeking out at the chest, but if I don’t you can see everything.
I think this is the Sohpia dress but maybe in silk tricotine, she looks good!
Post # 9
let me just say that I worked at a jcrew that had the bridal gowns in store for people to try on, and LOTS of people bought the sophia. Even if you can’t find many photos of it, it does’t mean it isn’t popular. I have seen the dress with thin and wide sparkly sashes, as well as much wider flower sashes done in cumberbund style. I have seen a decent amount of girls wear birdcage veils and big chunky necklaces. I wouldn’t think about it as “the dress it too plain, what should I do with it?” but instead that since it is simple, you have the opportunity to really dress it up.
Post # 10
How fun! That is encouraging! It seems to be one of the most affordable dresses.
I have been looking at the wider flower sashes done in cumberbund style on Etsy with a matching hair flower.
Post # 11
I think with alterations it will be perfect and lovely! Have you tried any other dresses on? If not, I’d try others on and see how I feel about it after that. It sounds like a popular dress that could probably be easy to resell NWT.
Post # 12
It’s a very pretty dress, and it can be a great blank canvas if you want to dress it up. A sparkly sash, or a sash with a flower on the side… maybe even something non-white? If you are wearing a veil, you can pull off a fancy/glam one without worrying if it’ll compete with the dress.
Post # 13
I love your dress. I would definitely try and just alter it to fit a little better. I think once it fits better you’ll be able to have a better idea and be able to accessorize more. 🙂
Post # 14
Today I took this gown and one of the well fitting Sophia dresses with the intentions of going to an alteration shop.
Well instead, I stopped by 3 bridal stores (we only have 3 here), because I had never tried on any official wedding dresses. I was so pleasantly surprised with what was out there for cheap! They were quality wedding dresses.
In fact, I loved this dress (which really resembles the JCrew Augusta which is much more):
I am going back next week to take a friend and photos. It was absolutely perfect on me. It was $600 (a bit too much for me) so I will watch it to see if they have sales. There were others that were about $300.
Post # 15
Did you say you have a few of the Sophia dresses at home in diff colours, perhaps for your wedding day it might be nice to wear something different, I would either get it in the silk…or I love the last dress you posted (the Augusta) so much more!
Post # 16
@simpleandchic: Thanks! This last one “looks” like the JCrew Augusta but this is Allure Bridal actually. Cheaper than JCrew surprisingly.
I know! I keep starting at this one last one online!