(Closed) would you buy a dress without trying it on???

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i was going to say “nope, no can do, would never do it”.  then i read your post and i might consider it.   in the end, i don’t think i would.  they are different designers, so you never know about differences in size, material, overall quality, feel, so many little things that put together the whole package.  i personally would need to see the dress on ME and not on a model to decide if i could wear it or not. i mean i tried on 2 VERY similar dresses and i had trouble deciding. in the end, one of them was the ONE and the other was not. i can’t even explain why, i just knew from trying them on.  and there is another dress out there i lusted after and i still think could have been the one, but i never got to try it on, so it was not an option.

Post # 4
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

IMO I wouldn’t. Because dresses may look similiar, but can be CUT completly different. And I always think it is best to try something on. I thought I would LOVE this one dress and once I tried it on it did nothing for me. It made me look bigger than I was and didn’t fit properly in the bust.

Every designers patterns are made different too. Example I know the top/bust of one label can fit one way meaning higher and more snug or some have a bigger shelf/cup and others don’t. I found this out by tyring on about 20 or so dresses and talking with the bridal consultants. I think it is always better to try it on.

It MAY work out great, but then what happens if it doesn’t and you could be stuck with a dress that just wasn’t suited for you/your body and then what happens? Just my thoughts, I hope it helped?

Post # 5
11289 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also was going to say no, no way but given your situation where the dresses are similar and you can’t get to try one of them on, i’d be seriously tempted, though it maybe very different in the flesh. Sorry that doesn’t help but then again if you’ve got no way of trying it on, you may just have to take the plunge.

Post # 6
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would not it’s not worth the risk.

Post # 7
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Nope. The dress that I loved, I couldn’t try on. I then tried on another design from the same designer, it was a Maggie as well. The other dress I tried on fit perfect, so I assumed I would have no issues if I ordered the other style. However, I was hesitant. I continued to look and eventually found another salon that had my dream dress and I hated it when I put it on and it didn’t fit the same in the bust and made me “spill over” the top.

Post # 8
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

At first when I read your heading, like most of the other bees, I would have said definitely don’t do it.  I tried on my “dream dress” and hated it.  It looked fantastic on the model and terrible on me.  But possibly in your situation you could.  But I think I would worry because of some of the factors the other bees mentioned. 

Post # 9
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Its so hard to determine how the designers dress would look and fit your body I say dont do it.

Post # 10
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did this! lol I fell in love with a dress and knew that the shape would look the best on me but they only had a size 8 in the salon and I’m a size 18 so it wouldn’t fit. I just ordered it without trying it on! However, I am not indecisive and I know exactly what I want and I wanted that dress!! It is a little risky and I am just waiting for it to come in but I have hope!! Either way, I will have to make my body look good in that dress haha Good luck! It is a major investment so just make SURE you love it!!

Post # 11
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Same here.  I knew what I wanted out of a dress.  I found this one online that I loved.  I kept coming back to it again and again.  I went to the salon and tried on some similar styles to get an idea of how it would look.  I took the leap of faith and made the purchase.  I love it as much in person!!

Post # 12
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with PPs that you can’t tell what the cut and quality will be…even if the styles seem similar, they may not flatter you in the same way. Personally I don’t think I could order online unless it was something I’d already tried on; I like to try things on in person and see how they look. It might be a big risk if you don’t like it. That is a pretty popular sillouhette right now, so maybe try looking at more local bridal shops for something similar!

Post # 13
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

No. Because you can never really tell what a dress will look like on your particular figure, complexion, stature, etc. without trying it on. Same goes for dresses that you wouldn’t normally buy but if you try it, you may change your mind because of how it flatters you.

Post # 14
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well I practically did this. I am so much smaller than all sample sizes that it was really hard to know how a dress would actually look on me, even though I was able to ‘try them on’ technically. I tried on as many dresses as I could and ultimately made my decision based on the ‘look’ and basic shape of the dress.

Post # 15
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did, I couldn’t find the dress I likes so I ordered it online, I am still waiting for it so… be careful of Taxes which will be added, if you don’t have a US address it can be shipped to first.

Post # 16
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No, but I know many people who never tried on their dress and had a great success. 

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