Post # 1
Bees- I’m so confused! If you’ve followed my posts, you know that I bought a dress from DB that I absolutely hate. So here I am trying to pick another. I’m slowly narrowing down my choices, but now I’m stuck in a tight spot. I found two dresses I love: one in store and another that has been discontinued, so I can only buy it used.
Here’s the 1st Maggie, “Camden”. It’s softer in person and has the exact fit I’ve been looking for. I like the mix of soft lace and beading. I would buy a sation embellished bet to go with it. The salon wouldn’t let me take any pictures in it :/
Maggie #2, Shaylyn. I LOVE this dress also! It has the exact same fit I’m looking for. I found it used size 4 (same as what I need). The girl who wore it altered it to fit a 6, so I would need the waist and chest re-altered to my size. (how would that work out??) I can’t try it on before I buy it. I do love that it has the soft lace but it doesn’t have beading like the first. Instead, it has a sparkly thread weaved in it. Which I think I really like. P.S. This isn’t me in the dress.
Post # 3
Oops! Can a hostess move this to “dress” please?
Post # 4
The used one is STUNNING! Definitely get that! 🙂 Altering from a 6 to a 4 shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Post # 5
I actually love the used dress more: what a beautiful dress! I agree that the alteration shouldn’t be that difficult for a professional seamstress (my mom is a seamstress and she does things like that all the time; taking in the chest will be the trickiest part but is definitely doable for a pro!). Although they both are gorgeous so whatever one you pick will be great!!
Post # 6
I like the new dress better…
Post # 7
Used dress because it’s cheaper and also prettier (in my opinion, obviously).
Post # 8
I would absolutely choose the used one. It is beautiful.
Post # 9
You already have one dress that you decided you do not love and do not want to wear. Given that, I think it’s far too risky to purchase a dress that you have not yet had on your body to see how you look and feel in the dress. Even if the majority of bees votes for the used Maggie based on how these two dresses compare in pictures, that still may not mean that you’re going to love the way you look in the gown. At this point, I would not purchase another gown unless or until I tried it on in person and absolutely loved it. That said, if you think you prefer the Shaylyn, and it is still available new, is there a salon where you could go to see it and try it on to find out how you feel about it?
Post # 10
I actually wanted camden to but was over my budget!! i just bought my dress! the sample I bought which was discountined and REALLY got A GREAT DEAL!!!! LIKE AMAZING. so if you can buy the used one go for it. just make sure it can be altered 🙂 GOOD luck!! 🙂
Post # 11
“The girl who wore it altered it to fit a 6, so I would need the waist and chest re-altered to my size.”
First you’d need to find out what size the gown was before she altered it to a 6. Then find the exact measurements for a 6 in that brand and the other size. Each brand has different measurements.
So if that is all ago and matches your measurements (even if you have to go smaller an inch), I’d go with the used gown.
I have purchased 4 gowns – all from the internet, never tried on! That is more because there are few gowns of my liking for me to try on where I live.
Post # 12
So, my dress was taken from a size 12 to a size 2, which is much crazier then a 6-4 but it was almost $2,000 dollars! I would ask a seamstress exactly how much they think it would cost. May be more then you think? And that might change the equation? Is there a dress you are learning towards? Would you regret it if you got a used dress? I do agree with @Brielle: that I wouldn’t buy another dress without trying it on first to make sure you really really love it.
Post # 13
the shape /cut of it seems similar except the top pic has a halter..which i don’t like..i remember you look good with strapless…so if the first you could take the halter part out, i would pick that…
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I’d be really hesitant to buy a replacement dress that you can’t try on before you buy it. It might look completely different than you imagine on your body. What if you end up hating this one too? Then you’ll have bought two dresses and be on to number three!
If you’ve tried on and love the new Maggie dress and can see yourself getting married in it, then to me that’s your dress. Personally, I think the new Maggie gown is drop dead gorgeous and knocks the used dress out of the park. But that’s just my opinion. Good luck!
Post # 15
Bees, thank you SO much for your advice. Maybe I’m starting to actually make a decision.
@Brielle: You’re exactly right, the one thing holding me back is that I can’t try it on in person. It was discontinued. Not only can’t I try it on.. I can’t even see it! I’m nervous that I will be stuck with 3.
@cre2013: You’re the first person who has mentioned trying it on! Did you take any pictures? I absolutely adore it. Did you think it was too sparkly/over the top? Or did you think it was more soft? I would also LOVE to see your dress!! Congrats on finding the one for you!
@sienna76: It was originally a 4, so it should definitely go back to my size! She sent me photos that showed what looked like major puckering from the boning in the front. Now I’m not really sure if I should do the used one.
@lanipapillon: Wow! 12 – 2 is major!! I’m honestly completely torn between the two. The camden costs more, but I can SEE it and TRY it on. Ugh. Why is this so tough?
@bump: I hate the halter too. It’s removable. In fact, I never even saw it when I tried it on in store!
@Christy42213: I think I may be starting to lean toward the the new one. I can’t see myself ending up with dress #3! Although, I may try to hunt down a shaylyn in a store somewhere so I can try it on.
Post # 16
@OnceUponATime: you should go with the top pic dress..it’s gorgeous…and it looks way better quality than the used one 🙂 sneak in a pic or two the next time you try it or find a bridal salon that allows pix!