Post # 1
Hello fellow bees,
I need some advice and/or reassurance. I just bought a dress and I am having second thoughts. I bought this dress at the very first salon I went to. I went with my mom and sister and they convinced me that I wouldn’t find any other dresses I’d like as much or at the price point I was considering. My decision came down to two dresses: Allure Bridals style 9000 or Essence of Australia D1598. Pictures below for reference:
Allure Bridals style 9000:
Link if you want more views: http://www.allurebridals.com/products/9000
Essence of Australia D1598:
Essence of Australia D1598, back view:
I fell in love both dresses, though I felt like the Allure dress had a lot more drama to it. However, if I went with the Allure dress, I probably wouldn’t be able to lift my arms the day of my wedding and the deep V in the back of the dress means that my my skin would have to be flawless the day of the wedding (I am already breaking out in stress and my wedding isn’t for months). Additionally, the Essence of Australia dress is about $300 cheaper than the Allure, dress and considering my family was going to pay for the dress I wanted to be mindful of keeping the cost of the dress under budget. I was genuinely excited when I left the store. Now, a week later, the reality of my decision has started to set in: my only issue with the Essence of Australia dress is that I think I look big in the dress and I don’t feel like it flatters my shape the way the Allure gown did.
Here is the dress on me:
I am totally in love with the gown from the back
I feel like from the front the dress doesn’t do anything for me. I am very tall (almost 6’0″) and have a slim figure, yet I think that my body looks shapeless in this dress. Am I just being paranoid because of the fit of the sample dress or is this really unflattering? I am considering having the dress altered to be more fitted through the hips, maybe give it more of a mermaid look but I worry that I’d lose the beautiful shape in the back. Thoughts? Any success stories regarding alterations you’d be willing to share?
Post # 3
I think the shapelessness can be fixed by having a dress long enough for you to wear crinoline underneath. On the model, the skirt is fuller. I thinl once you have that, you’ll get the shape you want!
Post # 4
@lilybrambles: They both are lovely gowns, but I like the Allure better. We have similar shapes and I’m pretty tall as well. My gown has the shape of the allure so maybe I’m biased. Maybe the Seamstress could make the sleeves of the allure removable so that you can take then off after the ceremony.
Post # 5
@lilybrambles: I think the Essense dress is much more beautiful! I agree with Sally G above, just make it a little fuller and you’ll have the shape you want.
Post # 6
My dress is incredibly similar to the allure dress so I’m partial to that one. However, I think you look great in the essence dress and alterations will fix the shape.
Post # 7
Yes, you are being paranoid. That dress is fantastic.
Post # 8
I like the sexy look of the allure. The Essence of Australia dress is beautiful. I think that no matter which dress you would’ve chose would’ve been a great choice. The back is to die for on the Essence dress…however, I feel that from the front, like you said, it’s rather shapeless. With your thin & tall frame, I would have that baby altered to a fitted mermaid shape like the Allure dress & then you will have the ultimate dress! You will have combined the sexy feel of the Allure dress with the beautiful look of the Essence dress! I don’t know what kind of hair you have, nor what type of style you are looking to do for your wedding. ..but I think you should try & mock the look from the Essence model. It looks so good with the dress.
Post # 9
@lilybrambles: this dress is really beautiful! The front is groegous and everyone will see you walking down the aisle and gasp and then once you are past they will see the amazing back and the jaws will drop! Once the dress is long enough and tailored to fit it will have that pop you are looking for. Have you thought about maybe making the sleeves a thinner? That might also help with the front. By the way, I tried on the same Allure dress I loved it from pictures too but not being able to lift my arms was not ok with me, I’m a total hands in the air dancer plus the dress you got is so much more unique I think you made a great decision!
Post # 10
Thank all you ladies for your feedback!
@Lbward6 I think your comment hit the nail on the head. I think I was just overwhelmed with finality of my decision. I think I just need to step back, take a breather, and wait for the dress to arrive in my size before I contemplate doing anything drastic to it.
Post # 10
Hi @lilybrambles, by now you’ve had your big day and I hope it was amazing. I’m just starting the dress search for my Sept 2016 wedding and I love EoA D1598. Would you mind sharing how much it cost? Thanks!