(Closed) are designer dresses worth the $ ?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Can you tell the difference?
    Yes, they are vastly different in quality. : (25 votes)
    37 %
    Yes, but the difference is not worth the extra $ : (11 votes)
    16 %
    Maybe, it varies between designers. : (15 votes)
    22 %
    No, there isn't much of a difference. : (5 votes)
    7 %
    No, it's all a scam/ after a few drinks nobody can tell the difference :p : (12 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d guess that there are probably differences in quality, but not enough to explain the entire increase in price from a non-designer gowns. I’m sure you pay for the name also.

    Post # 4
    2232 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes, absolutely I can tell the difference. First, the fabrics used with designer gowns are much higher quality (natural fibers vs. synthetic) and the craftmanship is much, much better.

    I went and tried on a bunch of designer gowns (Lhuillier, Ravini etc.) after I had already tried on some gowns. The designer gowns were just so well constructed, so light and so easy to wear.

    Are you able to tell the difference in quality between regular every day clothing? I definitely can see a huge difference between something from Wal-mart, something from the Bay, and a designer piece.

    Post # 5
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My skin could definately tell the difference of different price points. The dresses under $1000 tulle was scratchy and the fabric felt like a prom dress. Over that price point fabric quality increased immensely.

    Post # 6
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    Yes, you can tell the difference up close, and definitely when you touch them.

    Post # 7
    1094 posts
    Bumble bee

    IMO I would say that besibes the quality that may be better (not in every case but in most), I find there is a wider variety of styles. On my wedding day, I don’t want to wear a dress i’ve seen a million times, I want to wear something uniquely me. Whether I find that dress in the designer section or not, that combination of uniqueness and quality is what i’m paying for.

    Post # 8
    3120 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I absolutely can tell a difference. Side-by-side, I bet you’d be able to, as well.

    ETA:  taking the jump in price is completely personal, though.  The fact is, you will be only wearing it for one day.  For me, it was worth it.

    Post # 9
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I mean, I can tell the difference, but I keep reminding myself that it’s just one day.  If it’s not the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on and it doesn’t look amazing under a microscope, does it matter that much?  I think it’s kind of a diminishing returns situation.  Yeah, it’s prettier/nicer/higher quality…but is it 10x better?  I don’t think so, especially since it’s not like you’re going to wear it again and again.

    Post # 10
    786 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    There is definitely a massive difference that is visible both from far away and up close, and in pictures especially.

    Additionally, its worth nothing the service that you will get (generally speaking) is vastly different, and that is something you pay for as well (and if you walk into a high end salon, and the service isn’t impeccable and 100% reassuring, then the dresses aren’t worth the price tag IMO…service is worth a lot). I know that the owner of my salon would go to the ends of the earth to ensure that everything is absolutely perfect with my dress on my wedding day. She is personally invested in my happiness and I have every confidence that everything will be perfect with my gown and accessories on my day. I’m sure there are people that have had some good experiences in places like DB (or other chains), but how many can say that their consultant (who was probably working with at least 1 other bride at the time of the appointment) is personally invested in their wedding? To me, that is where a lot of the price of the gown is going.

    Post # 11
    2447 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I can tell the difference between designer and non-designer. I’m an apparel buyer for a living so I pick apart things at every store in the mall to examine stitching and check for fabric defects. It’s a terrible obsession and every single person I know hates shopping with me unless I’m not buying anything. You’re paying extra to have it made in a qualified factory (not going to go into couture, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame) which is likely paying its workers better than the factory down the street churning out non-designer stuff. This is not true for all designers, but most of the high-end ones that make things like gowns. Then you’re paying for the quality of materials. Then there’s the markup for the brand name and the retail markup. All in all, the industry runs on about 50-75% markup. For things that can be mass-produced in huge quantities, the markup is around 40%.

    Post # 12
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    You can ABSOLUTELY tell the difference! No question!

    Post # 13
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think you can definitely tell in some cases, depends on the dresses. However, a good chunk of that price difference can also be the value of the designer name. 

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