Post # 1
I just bought my dress a couple of weeks ago. I know he likes the other dress better.
I took him dress shopping with me and he picked out the first dress I ever tried on. He absolutely LOVED it. I did a lot of dress shopping after that, but nothing compared so I thought it was the ONE, but I was hesitant to commit.
The designer was having a trunk show, offering discounts…I decided to buy that dress if I didnt find anything at the show I liked better….that’s when I found it!!It had more of the fit I was going for and I thought it was a little less trendy.
I bought it and now I hope I made the right decision. I havent been sized or ordered it yet, so I can still change my mind. The look Im going for is:modern, unique, fun, sexy, DRAMATIC yet CLASSIC. I dont want to regret my dress choice in 10 years.
dress shopping was a challenge because im in the wedding industry and I wanted a dress that was unlike anything I had seen before.
What is your opinion of the two dresses? which do you prefer? which do you think hits the dramatic yet classic note?
Post # 3
Both dresses are dramatic. I’m not sure if I feel either is more classic. I voted for the one on the right.
Post # 4
I think anything with that heavily ruffled skirt style is going to look dated eventually. It’s still beautiful, but it is not at all what I would call classic. They both hit the dramatic mark, but I voted for the one on the right because I like the ruching on the bodice. However, ultimately I’d have to see it on.
Also — what are you truly looking for? Your list of adjectives is modern, unique, fun, and sexy, and I think either of these dresses hit those marks. This sort of feels like you know what you want (and this is it) but maybe there is an outside influence forcing the word “classic” on you. I mean, classic and modern/unique are practically antonyms when used to describe wedding dresses, so don’t worry that you have to find the one dress that can fill all the roles everyone wants it to. As long as YOU love it, that’s what matters.
Post # 5
The one on the Left is the Runway photo. Im wearing the one on the Right.
LOL- it looks like neither dress has a classic look! I guess I thought Left dress was more classic down to the knee 🙂
So he LOVES the one on the right with the rose skirt. I loved it too, but I always wanted a mermaid fit that was tight to the knee. ANd the top of the rose dress reminded me of clubbin’ shirts with the plunging neckline and triangular shape/spaghetti straps (showed too much cleavage from some angles). Whereas, the other dress seemed more bridal with the higher sweetheart neckline.
I purchased the mermaid one (left) with a sparkly sequin sash that goes around the waist in place of the flower sash pictured. I think I just wish that he liked it as much as the rose bottom one.
Post # 6
I actually bought shoes to match the rose bottom dress already! I really thought that was my dress, until I tried the mermaid one on. I was attached to the idea of the rose dress for about 2 months so it was hard to switch gears. I made him go to the bridal salon with me to help me narrow it down. The only way I knew that I liked the mermaid one better was that when I stepped out of the dressing room, I couldnt stop smiling, and I had a feeling of anticipation of stepping out in it for him to see.
He wouldnt give me a straight answer. He kept saying it was up to me…BUT his face just lit up when he saw me in the rose bottom dress. I didnt get quite the same reaction with the mermaid one. He told me he liked both. Ugh!
Post # 7
I love the one on the right — I think it has more of the classic element than the mermaid dress but it’s still dramatic and just gorgeous!
Post # 8
I really like the dress on the right. The mermaid dress is pretty, but the top looks very stiff and artificial to me.
Post # 9
I can totally see what you are saying about the sweetheart neckline on the left dress feeling more bridal. And I think a sparkly sash would accent it really nicely. If you already bought it and obviously already love it, you need to stop dwelling on the other one. And as for his reaction, let me tell you my story — I had the exact opposite happen! I bought a dress, HATED IT (felt pressured into buying it, immediate dress regret, etc etc), and while trying to confirm for sure that I should sell it, I showed pics to FI of me in it. Now, I really want to be fairly traditional in that he shouldn’t see me in it until the wedding day, but I was really certain I would sell it. Well, his face LIT UP. He absolutely loved it, loved it on me, and couldn’t understand what I didn’t like. Ouch. That made me so confused for a while. But in my heart and gut, I knew that I just couldn’t see myself getting married in it, so I sold it after all. And I am 100% confident that when I walk down the aisle in whatever dress I ultimately end up with, his face will light up again because we’ll be getting married, and I’ll look amazing no matter what. So while I completely think it is important to consider your FI’s tastes (like if he was deadset on seeing you in a princess ball gown, there might be more of an issue here), I think that when it comes to choosing the dress, only YOU know which is right.
Post # 10
I love the one on the left, its much more classic than the rose one. I’m not really a fan of the spanish dancer look myself. I think you like the one on the left more anyways.
Post # 11
I don’t really care for either, personally, because there’s no way I could pull them off. BUT, if you have the body, I think #1 is really quite sleek and striking.
Post # 12
im a little surprised that everyone overwhelmingly prefers the one on the Right. Wow, so far 86%! I wonder if it would be closer if I had a real pic of the other dress with sequin sash. Maybe runway pic isnt the best…or maybe I’m just looking for a way to justify my pick! 🙂
Amaryllis- I did a lot of dress shopping alone to avoid being pressured by friends/family. I can see how you could easily pick a dress because everyone else is so enthusiastic about it…their voices can drown out the way you feel about a dress. I see it all the tiime on SYTTD!
For me, it’s just hard to stop dwelling on whether or not I made the right decision. I love both dresses so it was a tough call! I think one more thing that sold me on the mermaid was that I’m petite and I thought the fuller dress would overwhelm me. I really wish they had let me take a pic in the mermaid so I could compare them side by side and feel 100% about my decision! The dress was traveling in a trunk show so they dont even have it in the store any more.
Another problem i had when shopping was that I knew exactly what I wanted – mermaid fit with dramatic bottom….well, most stores only had 1-2 dresses (some had ZERO) that fit that description so when I finally found something that came close….I was like this is it!! Although if every store had a ton of options that fit what I was looking for, I may have walked away with something completely different. I live in the south- it seems like traditional A-lines and ball gowns are more popular here so stores here carry mostly more traditional styles.
Post # 13
i actually like the mermaid dress more and that’s what i voted for.
i feel that the dress on the right has too much going on: the straps, beading, ruching, “flowers” on the skirt.
the mermaid dress looks more clean and simple to me.
why not post a photo of you in the mermaid dress?
Post # 14
I love the dress on the left and think it hits all your requirements. the overall silhouette is classic, (like classic Barbie), but the ruffles modern it up. I think it’s sexy without being too overt. Judging from the other picture, you have a great body so I’m sure it looks stunning on you.
I really do not like the top on the right rose dress. The straps and cut of the bust is very casual in my opinion and looks like a going out dress. I also don’t like the beading under the bust, (it’s just my personal pet peeve. it looks like a shelf for boobs).
Just remember that no matter what your FI said at the beginning, once he sees you in the dress on your wedding day, he won’t be seeing the dress, he’ll be seeing a gorgeous you. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t even notice the dress initially.
Post # 15
Girl, with your figure you’d make a potato sack look gorgeous! I voted for Dress #1, the mermaid, because it looks more elegant and bridal in my opinion (plus I’m not a fan of spaghetti straps). Good luck!
Post # 16
TingTing– I wish I had a pic of me in the mermaid one. They wouldnt allow pics of it because it’s a new release that’s still in the testing phase (whatever that means!?)They are showing it at trunk shows only for now.
Meowkers– the cut of the top of the dress was my main concern with the rose dress! You totally hit the nail on the head, when you said it looks too casual! When I used to go out dancing, I would often wear shirts that were cut exactly the same way and I just want to feel more bridal on the wedding day.