Post # 1
Hi wedding ladies,
I would like some advice on the dress I’ve chosen for my 65-person, low-key (no bridal party, no bouquet-throwing) wedding aboard a vintage boat this summer.
I’ve never been taken with the idea of a traditional white dress, though for some reason I LOVE shopping for them online – but in reality I just can’t see myself in one. Besides, because we’ll be partying aboard a three-level boat with narrow stairs, I want something I can move around in.
I found this dress on a site called Modcloth and think it has the exact cute, dreamy, playful vibe I’m looking for. And it fits pretty well. Please tell me your thoughts! Specifically I’m wondering:
– The dress is good quality, but not perfect – it was $139. Obviously it needs to be pressed, but does it scream “cheap dress” to you?
– The skirt has three layers, a tulle underlayer, a silky skirt layer, and a tulle overlayer with the polka dots. I have a nice athletic body but you can’t tell with the skirt poofing out like that – do you think I should have the bottom tulle layer removed so it’s a little less fluffy?
– The waist gathering is not that great but it actually fits pretty well. Is there a kind of alteration that can make it lie a little flatter though?
– Do you notice any fitting problems? Again, I think it fits well but not perfectly ($139).
Please ignore the state of the bedroom – the dress came in the mail after a really long day at work but of course I had to try it on and take pics in that very moment.
Post # 3
@ohnatto: I actually like it as is! I love the back! Great price, and you will definitely be able to move about. It doesn’t look cheap to me. Nice pick 🙂
Post # 4
It looks nice and the only thing that stands out to me is the length. What kind of shoes might you wear?
I wouldn’t remove any of the layers as it will then have no shape at all and look like lingerie.
Post # 5
@ohnatto: Love! Although if it’s in your budget, I would maybe take it to a seamstress and get it altered to fit you perfectly 🙂 Also wondering about length/shoes?
Post # 6
@ohnatto: That dress is lovely, and it certainly doesn’t look cheap in the photos. If you’ve got fit/alterations questions, you may be able to take it to a local tailor and ask. Local people tend to be cheaper. I’ve never had any quality problems with ModCloth, so I think it should handle being altered pretty well.
Post # 7
I like it!! Its one of those cool dresses that I could never pull off, but I think it looks great on you and its different (in a good way!). What type of shoes would you wear with it?
I like the way it poofs so I wouldnt remove any layers.
Post # 8
I think it’s beautiful. I also went with a non-traditional dress and was really happy with it.
I have the same question as PP’s – what shoes are you considering? For the waist, I’m not sure you can do much to make it lie flatter unless you get it altered to be a bit tighter or potentially try a sash to really cinch it in. The reason I’m not sure is because of the multiple layers attached to it, I feel lit it might be meant to fit that way (e.g. not cinching).
Finally I don’t know if remove the tulle underlayer would show your figure that much more although it’s hard to tell from the pictures. I think if you removed it you’d have to get the middle (silk) layer sewn to fit tighter and then it might show off your figure better. If you want it to be clingy but still have movement I think you’d need to consider getting a slit sewn into it.
Post # 9
I like it, but I think you’d also look great in an Empire dress, so the ‘waist’ of the dress is raised to under the bust and then you could add another sheer fabric on top (starting there under the bust) that goes to the floor.
Post # 10
It’s beautiful and definitely does not look cheap. My only suggestion would be to have it sit at your natural waist. But if you like it the way it is, then it’s perfect!
Post # 11
Thanks guys! I think I will take it to a local tailor to see if the waist can be made a little flatter – can’t hurt to try.
As for shoes, I was actually going to wear the nude flats in the photo? Definitely not sandals, but another idea I had was a funky-colored pair of ballet flats. Like red (and maybe wearing really red lipstick, but other make up pretty toned-down), or turquoise.
I know the dress is a bit on the short side, but I can’t wear heels anyway so flats were always the plan.
Post # 12
I LOVE it! I think it has a sweet and vintage-y vibe. I LOVE non traditional. I’m not sure (personally) about bright shoes, I feel like people’s eyes would just zone in on them instead of you in your pretty dress. Especially love the little polka dots and neckline detail.
Post # 13
@ohnatto: it’s gorgeous! Does not look cheap at all & sounds like it fits your vibe perfectly.
Post # 14
@ohnatto: love your dress! It looks amazing on you! Colored shoes are awesome and would be so fun!!
Post # 15
@ohnatto: I really love the overall feel of this dress. But, I’d have a couple of fit concerns. The length is awkward, also you are very petite & to me the bodice looks a little big on you. I would definitely wear different shoes.
Post # 16
I think its perfect for your venue and you look beautiful in it.
I would suggest wearing more special shoes, though. I like the idea of turquoise flats, or maybe navy (?)– blue will fit with being on a boat and would look nice with the color of the dress. I don’t know if red would go, but maybe a dark mauvey-pink if you decide against a shade of blue.