Post # 1
So I broke the cardinal rule of wedding dress shopping – I kept looking after I’d bought my dress! I am not 100% happy with it (it is a bit heavy and hot, and I don’t think the dress does anything for my figure). I was shopping for a (non-wedding) dress at a store that had a small rack of discontinued wedding dresses, and tried the below dress on and well…it was only $150 AUD (down from $700), so I bought it with the idea I’d sell one of them…
So now, help me choose! (apologies for the bad photos – I took most of them myself with a phone)
Dress One;(new dress) No-name brand, white lace with straps and a padded bust…
Dress Two (original dress) Designer (Elizabeth De Varga Australia), strapless heavy lace/beading over silk with a long train..gorgeous! ( i wasn’t wearing shoes in these pics, I promise it’s not too long)
Post # 3
You look beautiful in both, but I’m not a huge fan of the slit in the new dress, and I love the unique bottom of the original dress. I also think strapless is very flattering on you. Good luck!
Post # 4
@Cammeraybride: I love the original dress on you! I actually find it more flattering than the first one. Add a pair of killer shoes and I think it’ll be fab! It also looks more decadent than the first one which doesn’t look all that special to me. If you do end up with #1 I think you would have to add a blingy belt or something.
Post # 5
My vote for the NEW dress ( 1st picture) , it’s soo pretty, elegant and looks Great on you
Post # 6
The new dress fits you like a glove and looks like its made for you. The “original” is also pretty , but it almost looks heavy on you
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Personally not a fan of either dress. I don’t like the slit in the first one and the bottom of the second one looks odd. It looks a bit like the top layer of fabric is missing from the very bottom. I do prefer the main body of dress two, maybe alterations could improve the drape of the bottom so it doesn’t look so cut off short.
If it was up to me I would look for something else unless you really love either of the dresses.
Post # 8
@Cammeraybride: I prefer the new dress on you. I’m not a huge fan of the slit, but that’s just my personal taste – it could be fine for you depending on your style and venue.
I feel the new dress is sexier and more form fitting – it hugs your body better and makes your boobs look bigger. I think I’d like the neckline to be a little lower though – as you don’t have a ginormous rack you could get away with that.
I feel like the second dress looks matronly in comparison with its more conservative neckline. It makes you look flat chested in comparison. I also feel it looks a bit too heavy for your frame, like it’s overwhelming you.
Post # 9
Thankyou all so much for the advice/opinions so far… keep it coming! I love the unbiased opinions
I think the fact I have literally no boobs is a major part of it. I know I could probably get padded shapewear to help with the original dress, but I also feel like the straps/built in cups of the first dress help a lot. I also feel it shows off my butt a bit more, which is the one part of me that is not like a 12 yo boy!
But… I have this stupid thought in my head that people will think I am stupid/weird for picking a clearly less expensive looking/feelinhg dress. Like, they might think I look cheap? Ugh
for those that asked, our wedding is a casual outdoor bush affair, in late March in Australia… so it is liable to be very warm!
Post # 10
@Cammeraybride: Whereabouts in Australia, just out of interest?
The thing is, if you only pick one dress, only a small number of people will ever know about the other dress, so they will have nothing to compare it with. There probably are people out there who will judge you for not having a big expensive ballgown, but if you’re anything like me, the people you have invited are your friends because they get you as a person, and will understand your choice so long as it’s true to who you are.
For what it’s worth, if you do choose the new dress I would see if you could lower the back as well as the front – let as much air in as possible to keep you cool. I would also think about narrowing the straps a bit (but still keeping all the scalloped edging bits).
Post # 11
Out of the two, I think the first dress (the new dress, with the straps), is so much more flattering on you. It gives you a lovely shape, and I think would be really nice with the sort of setting you’re describing. I’m not too fond of the front slit, but even still – I’d pick this dress over the strapless one.
The second dress, your first purchase, just does nothing for your figure. Perhaps a sash would help accentuate your shape more, but right now it makes you look very straight up and down, and the frill detail also seems to drag the eye downwards.
Post # 12
@Cammeraybride: I personally don’t like either, but the new dress is the better one of the two.
Post # 13
The strapless one is absolutely gorgeous on you, it fits you like a glove and you look like a princess. Very flattering as well. PS I love you kept dress shopping after you found one hehe gold!
Post # 15
I really like your original dress.
The new one is pretty, but the first one has the details that give it a little oomph that makes a wedding dress feel special and unique.
They both look great on you though!
Post # 16
I dont really like either of them, honestly. =/
But if I had to pick one, I’d go with the new dress.
I just think you could find something that flatters you a whole lot better.