Post # 1
My BF and I have agreed on getting ‘officially’ engaged next May – in the meantime I have to admit I’m already scoping out dresses. I have a question about how it all works though. Some of the sites have several lines displayed on their page – Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2008, etc.
My question – what should I expect to be available in stores when I go shopping? Only that season’s line? Anything within the past year? Anything still on the website? Luck of the draw? Do you just call the store and ask if they have such-and-such style?
Thanks in advance for any insight!
Post # 3
I’m no expert, but I found dresses from collections that were introduced a few years ago. My guess is that whatever is on their websites you should be able to find in stores. But remember – it will take some of the stores a while to get the 2010 lines in. And not every store will have every style. You may have to call around to find the ones you want to try on. Good luck!
Post # 4
i would totally call if there’s a certain dress you want. The dress I’m in love with (maggie sottero sabelle) I could only find a sample at 1 store in the denver area. I was pretty shocked actually, but i would have been pissed if i went somewhere else and they didn’t have it.
Post # 5
I would be prepared that the shoppes may not have the particular dress you like, even if they carry the designers line. I found 3 dresses online that I really liked, and scoped out shoppes that carried that designer… well when I got to the shoppe (an HOUR drive away, ugh) they said "oh we don’t have that particular dress". If you love it, you can order it, but I’m hesitant about ordering a $1000 dress, I’ve never actually tried on. We all know, some things can look GREAT on the model, and horrible on your own body haha.
I think it’s really luck of the draw, what the store has/ doesn’t have. But it’s always good to just go in blindly and start trying things on! You never know what you might end up falling in love with :).
Post # 6
Some shops will call the designer and get the dress in stock for you to try on if they don’t already have it.
Post # 7
In my experience, no ONE store has every dress from a particular designer. For example, if a store states on their website that they carry Pronovias gowns, they will carry a good number of them, but not all of them (and many don’t have the newest lines either). If you happen to fall in love with a dress you see online and have to try it on, I would advise you to call the store to check that they have the dress as a sample for you to try on. If not, they can always refer you to other stores. Otherwise, like @MrsT2Bee says, it’s sometimes nice to go blindly and try on various gowns– you just never know! 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the info! I am not dress shopping now (will do that after it’s ‘official’) but was wondering if there is any point in my earmarking dresses that I like now or if they will be long gone by next spring. From what I’m hearing it sounds like those lines stick around for awhile!