(Closed) Anyone else buy a dress WITHOUT trying it on…

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you/did you buy a dress without trying it on first?
    Yes, if i loved it : (19 votes)
    28 %
    Depends on the situation : (15 votes)
    22 %
    No way! : (33 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m considering it. My mom and I actually went this morning to try on dresses. I went to the salon with one dress in mind and they didn’t have it. The consultant pulled a dress that was very similar to it and I absolutely loved it. It looked fabulous on and for me to say that (a street size 24 who doesn’t think she looks good in anything) means something. I would have bought the dress then and there if it wasn’t almost $900. I just can’t justify spending that much money on something that I’m going to wear for 6 hours. If I can’t find the original dress that I went there hoping to try on in any local salons, I may just buy it and hope for the best. 

    One of my best friends (and bridesmaids) bought her wedding dress without ever trying it on. She tried on one that was similar but she didn’t actually try on her wedding dress until 3 weeks before her wedding. The dress looked amazing and she had no regrets. 

    Post # 4
    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Love the straps; what a gorgeous dress! It is so similar in shape (and from the same company) to the one that you tried on that I am sure it will flatter you just as much.

    I bought my dress online without ever even trying it on. It was, uh, sort of kind of almost similar to some others that I’d had on? I need to lose a few lbs., but I love it, so I definitely think you did the right thing — you tried others on and knew what you wanted, so why not go for it when you found the right one!? Congrats on your pick. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I ordered my gown off of ebay for a steal after falling in love with it on the maggie sottero website. I never tried it on before buying it and don’t regret it for a second. It was perfect!


    Post # 7
    42 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I bought my dress off the Aria Dress website (before they upped the prices) without trying it on, or seeing it in person, and it was a huge success. No regrets at all! 

    The waiting for it to arrive feeling is pretty bittersweet isn’t it?! Good luck!

    Post # 8
    674 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I bought my dress without ever having tried it on. I received it recently and all I can say is that the gamble paid off. It’s perfect!

    Post # 9
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I bought mine without trying it on.  I tried on several in similar styles, but none of them remotely fit me which made it very hard to tell.  

    I found mine online (a discontinued Maggie sample) and I love it.  

    Post # 10
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I would never do that unless I saw it on me. I thought I knew what dress I wanted, went straight to the store and tried it on. I hate it on me! It was beautiful but not for me. But it was a good idea for your mom to try it on. Hopefully that made up for you not being able to get it on ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i voted no way! because i thought your post was going to be about buying it online or something. in what you described, i *might* do that.  you got it on halfway after all, so i would think from there you get an idea of how it would fit had it been the right size and you saw it on your mom whose body type i am sure you can compare to your own. if i found i dress i loved that much, i might do it.  i would not buy a dress without seeing it in person i guess is what i would say.

    Post # 12
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I also bought mine on line.  I had tried on enough dresses of a similar style to know that was OK.  They also had a return policy so that cushioned the blow a little bit.  I had to lose weight to fit in it (which was not a bad thing) but it worked out perfectly!

    Post # 13
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    i am thinking about doing this…. very nervous though.

    Post # 14
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

    i definitely did. bought a dress on a whim mere weeks after engagement, guessing at my measurements… needless to say it was not the right style. thank god it was only $85. however, after that i ordered another dress online, this time after measuring myself, trying on similar dress styles – and voila – it fit really nicely and was what i was looking for. ๐Ÿ™‚ think it all depends on the person, the situation, and the price

    Post # 15
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I did and it worked out perfectly!  My dress was an online only style, and I made sure I could return it if I didn’t like it.  But, I fell in love and kept it.

    From what you described, I think you won’t have any problems!!  Good luck!  Post pics when you get it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 16
    22 posts
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I did *almost* the same thing!  I took my Maid/Matron of Honor with me and she has the perfect body for those pesky sample sizes.  i’m about a 14 street size so anything 12 or smaller wouldn’t fit me at all.  I was able to get my actual dress kind of on, but wouldn’t zip, was bunching at the stomach, etc.  So, I had her put it on!  If you really know what looks good on you, and the style you’re looking for, do not hesitate to have someone else try it on to see how it would look when it fits correctly.  Again I stress, you really have to know what looks good on your body type!

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