Post # 1
My weddings in less than 7 months and I have only tried on wedding dresses at good will bins that are never my size. Its time I go shopping! I just can’t get myself to make an appt because I feel terrible knowing that I am going there with the intention to only figure out which of the dresses i’ve picked online and not actually buy a gown while i’m there. I have it narrowed down between 3 dresses, but have never tried any of them on. I know I can’t try on the exact dress, but I can at least get an idea how i look in a mermaid, princess, or sheer gown, etc.
Any advice on how I should approach the sitatuation? Or what you did when you got your dress offline to know it looked good on you? Any advice would be greatly appreciated***********
Post # 3
Why would you prefer to buy online?
If you feel bad maybe say it’s your first appointment so you’re not planning to buy?
Post # 4
@AlwaysSunny: because i only have enough money for knock off 🙂 haha!!!
Post # 5
@bridedaisybreeze: I think it’s OK, but there are good ways and bad ways to go about it.
I don’t think it’s appropriate going to say Vera Wang and trying on the dress you want replicated if there is no chance you would ever buy it. I’m sure the higher end stores have plenty of “dress tourists” as it is and I don’t think it’s particularlly fair on the sales staff who would lose out on their commission.
But I do think it’s okay to try on dresses with the same sort of structure and shape as what you’re planning to get replicated to see what suits you. And you can do that from going to stores closer to your price range. By that I mean – if you want a Vera Wang flanged mermaid, try on a similar dress by Maggie Sottero instead, or a David’s Bridal version. Since the VW replica would not fit or look exactly the same as the authenthic dress anyway, there’s no need to try on the actual one.
I also think that – unless your budget is so small that all you can afford is a replica – when trying on dresses you should not rule out actually buying the dress you try on if you love it. You’ll probably enjoy the experience more if you approach it with an open mind, and if you absolutely fall in love with an authentic dress there’s always the danger the replica won’t match your high expectations.
Full disclosure: I tried on dresses myself knowing that I would probably not buy any of them as I didn’t really want a typical bridal dress and was planning to get my dress made (by a dressmaker, not a replica). So I told the sales girl that I was just trying things on to see what suited, but if something really worked for me I would buy it. And that was the truth – I would have bought one of the dresses if I’d really liked them.
Post # 6
I think you should do it… You may even find a dress in your price range that you like?!
Post # 7
I just always said we weren’t there to buy that day, but to just look and see what I liked. That’s all they need to know!