(Closed) Would you buy a highstreet dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you buy a wedding dress from the high street?
    Yes. : (9 votes)
    36 %
    No. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Depends on the dress. : (15 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 3
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    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m all for it! I was looking extensively at stores like J. Crew and Ann Taylor that have wedding dresses, and other department stores that have some options, but I didn’t find anything that quite suited the shape I wanted. For me, the whole wedding dress shopping experience was pretty frustrating and weird, I just didn’t connect with any of it, so finding something like this would have been awesome for me.

    For U.S. bees, I believe high street stores to us would be like off the rack, normal stores- we don’t usually have shopping areas that are the same as U.K. high streets.

    Post # 5
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    2282 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I found the salon experience excessive, and if my mother hadn’t insisted that I do my dress shopping with her, I probably would have just gone to a mall and tried on dresses in the department stores. Don’t misunderstand, because I did enjoy the experience with my mom, but none of it was necessary. In fact, she and the consultant talked me into one of those blingy sashes everyone has now, that I didn’t want and which we can’t return (I’m not going to wear it, and can sell it online, but who needs the frustration?). 

    I love Monsoon, and that’s a terrific dress. I think people get this idea that if you buy a high street dress (or department store dress, in US terms) that it will be less unique, that it’s a dress anyone could have, or whatever. But have you seen the threads on here with dozens of women talking about the designer dress they all have? If everyone in the world can go to a salon and order the same designer gown, and then spend months having it fitted, how is that different from buying off the rack and having it fitted?

    Get the dress you want. Wherever you find it.

    Post # 6
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    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @anahappilyeverafter:  I’m very much like you in terms of shopping habits- shopping makes me grumpy, so I usually do it alone anyway! My mom and I did some of the whole salon shopping thing, but it wasn’t all that helpful. I wound up ordering online, a kind of lower-end wedding dress designer. I’m sure some people can be snobbish about anything they decide to be that way about, wedding attire included… for me, I can’t say that I intend to discuss my wedding dress’s origin with anyone in particular. Actually, some of my close friends are kind of surprised that I ordered an actual “wedding dress”. People just have opinions, it’s part of being human, and isn’t your problem unless you make it your problem, you know?

    Oh, I spent a semester in Spain several years ago and I still miss Zara. I now have an H&M near me again, but somehow it isn’t the same as walking by it on the way to class every day!

    Post # 7
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    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hi

    Here’s the thoughts of a fellow English girl!

    I’m getting married for the 1st time at age of 41 and the thought of going into a bridal shop filled me with fear, so I was definately going to buy from High St. We’re having a low key 4pm ceremony, no formal meal, just straight into evening reception.

    I love shopping by the way, but I don’t need a team of people with me, I know what I like aand I know what suits me (and what doesn’t).

    So, I bought a great dress from Damsel in a Dress for £350 .. loved it, it fit and was quite happy for several months. Then I started thinking I’ve missed out on the whole experience so I nervously ventured into a bridal shop (alone of course!). I think I picked the wrong shop because I hated everything and felt stupid, just like I thought I would.

    I then got quite brave and tried another couple of shops and loved the experience and of course, i fell in love with another dress, a proper bridal gown. That said, I bought an identical one off Ebay in the end for £500 so it was still a bargain. So I’m left with one to sell.

    Sorry for the waffle, but my conclusion is this .. Monsoon do fab dresses and I did try some on, but they all felt more suitable for a beach wedding as they were all chiffon. I’m getting married in a hotel in winter. So before you commit, I would suggest you at least brave one experience in a bridal shop .. alone is fine, I’ve seen several girls all doing it alone while I was doing it.

    You do get what you pay for .. I found in bridal shops you can get some great dresses for around £500, If you pay around £1000 you probably are getting more detail / lace / bling etc. If they were over £1000, they were no better quality, you’re just paying for the name.

    Hope this helps ..do check out Damsel in a Dress … if you like the “Kate” dress, please message me as mine is for sale!

    Post # 10
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    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2023

    I adore the Monsoon dresses (and the pricetag!)

    I would have absolutely gone for one of their dresses if they suited me (however they were all very long and ‘clingy’, and I’m very short and curvy – so they looked DAFT on me.)

    If you love the dress, I say go for it. Debenhams have some very beautiful dresses too! Especially if you like sleeves. (The Elizabeth dress is amazing – I just wish I could grow an extra foot!)

    Post # 11
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    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2023

    Forgot to mention, Debenhams also does veils – so you don’t even have to step foot in a bridal store!

    Post # 13
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    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hi

    I didn’t wear the kate dress but hadn’t planned to wear a veil as it feels a bit over top for me. I’ve attached a pic of the comb and headband I was thinking of wearing. Both of these go with my new dress so will be trying to decide between them.

    I haven’t got any pics of me in the dress as its now boxed away with a view to sell. Its size 10 but quite generous / stretchy. It has a vintage glamour feel to it .. very “marilyn”! I am selling it for less than the retail price of £350 so if you’re interested, please let me know!

    If you really want a pic of me in it, I’ll unwrap it!

    Also, if you’re still thinking high street,, have you looked at Coast? They do a great range.

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