(Closed) Opinions Wanted

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Go try on dresses.  You’ll be suprised at how things look on you.  Its so much different that looking at dresses online.

Post # 4
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Get an idea of what fabric you like, too.  Do you like lace? Chiffon? Satin?  Do you want something with a lot of beading or “bling” or something more simple? Are you open to strapless? 

Keep looking online and keep in mind that styles look different on.  The dropped waist style of the dress you posted can be really unflattering on certain builds.

Post # 5
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That dress does sort of have a “roman” feel to it, but it’s cute!

Asparagus, do a little bit of research before you go dress shopping, and it will save you money and a possible entry in the “two dress bride” section of this website :-p

May I suggest (from my own experience, for what it’s worth):

1) Know your body type and what styles tend to look good on you. Easy to find this in most wedding mags or online articles. More importantly, if you know you don’t care for a particular style (I already knew I didn’t want “mermaid” or “sheath” dresses when I went shopping, but that’s just me), then don’t be afraid to tell the salesperson you’d rather not try those styles on. It will save you lots of wriggling time. For me, this meant finding a style that accentuated my bustline. Some styles will actually flatten you out, or can make you look taller if you want that.

2) Know your budget and don’t let the salesperson “woo you” in to spending more than you can afford. If you can, try to deal with them like you would a car salesman. Offer a little less or ask for free alterations. Most salons will work with you because it means selling a dress. That equals commission$$$ to a salesperson.

3) Take a person with you who will be honest with you about what looks good on you and who’s opinion you trust.

4) Once you think you’ve found the dress, leave it at the store and sleep on it (unless you’re at a trunk sale and they are leaving that afternoon tee hee). Most stores will hold a dress for you for a day or two without charging you. You want to be sure – this is not a cheap adventure, right?

Have a blast!


Post # 6
2386 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with lisalew5472 on most counts. 

a) Just look online and find dresses you like. While doing so I realized I liked a certain style (A-line, empire waist). Bring photos with you so the consultant can better help you. 

b) Be very stern in your budget. I lucked out that the dress I loved was below my budget. But I would have been devastated if I tried one one, loved it only to find out that I couldn’t afford it.

c) Definitely bring people whose opinions you trust, opinions that are in your best interest. I wanted people who made their decisions based on how I looked, not on what they liked.

I bought my dress that day (after only trying on five!) and have no regrets. Usually I am very indecisive but I felt fully comfortable making the decision that day. So I knew it was the right choice. I haven’t had any second thoughts. 


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