Post # 1
I went dress shopping and found a dress I loved. Even had my “moment” in this dress with my mother. Placed a deposit and off I went. I got home and realized after looking through my computer file folder, that my dress is almost and EXACT duplicate of a Maggie Sottero dress!!!
I even found people selling theirs online for LESS than I paid for this “replica” at the boutique? I don’t know how I feel. I love the dress, but I don’t know if I am feeling ripped off in a fake. =( I called the boutique and they will be returning my call. I don’t know what to do. I tried convincing myself that it doesn’t bother me… but it kind of does. But I don’t love the dress any less. ARRRGH!
I feel a mix of emotions right now and really don’t know what to do. … Should I stick with this more expensive replica? They’re asking me what I want to do? What should I ask for? What do I do?!
The Real Dress
My dress (identical minus the corset back and scalloped lace bottom)
Post # 3
If you were to cancel the order, would you get your deposit back? That’s the first thing my mind goes to. Would losing your deposit and ordering the Maggie gown still be less than what you owe on the dress?
I would talk to the boutique and see if they can negotiate on the price or use your deposit on accessories instead of the dress so you can get it somewhere else for less.
Edited to add: The pics didn’t load for me before I posted, but the Maggie dress actually looks higher quality and has more detail so I find it hard to believe that they’re charging MORE for the dress on you in the pic, especially without disclosing that it is a replica. That sucks. I would talk to them about it and see if they can lower the price on it or something. I would be beyond mad if I were you. I’m sorry they did that to you!
Post # 4
@mrsbruff2b: did the boutique offer you any suggestions or ask if you rather have th Maggie?!
Post # 5
It doesn’t look the same to me. They are similar but lots of wedding dresses are. I think you look beautiful in it and the fact that you loved it is all that matters.
Post # 6
There was a recent thread about designers knocking off other designers. It happens in the industry (and in others too). The dress looks great on you. I personally like yours better than the Maggie. The neckline is more flattering, and I prefer the appliques on the skirt better.
Post # 7
if you love it, does it really matter if its a replica? will anyone attending your wedding start whispering behind your back? return if you feel uncomfortable now… but if you love it, then keep it!! its just some pretty white fabric covering your body 🙂
Post # 8
Do you mind saying how much it was? If you got a good deal on it I would just keep it, but if not I would cancel if possible.
Post # 9
@DeadUtopia: They just called back. They can transfer my deposit over to another dress which isn’t a problem. However, I did fall in love with THIS dress.
@CupCakeMeg: They said I can come back and find another dress. OR, what they’re trying to do now, is to try and get their hands on an ACTUAL Isadora for me. No word on if I will be paying the difference. =(
This was what I was TRYING to avoid in the first place. I was always very strict and clear about my budget… I didn’t want to fall in love with a dress outside my budget. That said, if they do get the actual Isadora for me, I’d still have to try it on and see how it looks on me. We’re coming down to crunch time (almost 6 months to the wedding).
@FreckledFox: That’s the questions I’ve been trying to ask myself. I’ve been telling myself that I am ok with it, but somehow… uncontrolably, I find myself being bothered about paying more for this replica despite how much I love it…
Post # 10
If the dress that you already reserved is actually LESS than the Maggie one, then I think you should keep it. It is similar enough and if you love the one you tried on, then that’s all that matters.
I would be upset if they charged you MORE for the replica than the actual thing. I would be upset not so much about it being a replica (I dont’ care what the name on my label is) but I would be more upset about the price being more than just buying the actual dress.
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People are selling their used dresses for less than your brand new replica, am I reading that right? Because that makes sense to me… I would pay more for a brand new dress than I would for a preowned dress, brand name or not. But that’s just me. FWIW, I can clearly see the differences in your dress and the Maggie, and I like yours better.
Post # 13
I second that if it is less, then keep it. You can probably get it used for less but you will have a used dress. No one goes looking at labels to see if its a Maggie. It is definately insprired by the Isadora and when I saw your first post the other day i thought it was the real deal too. You look incredible in the dress you are in. I would keep it and don’t let the lack of a label sway you.
I’ve tried on the real isadora when I was looking and the only thing I can add is different is more sparly lace along the hemline and a corset, othewise looks just like yours.
If you want to splurge for the actual Isadora, then do it. I think you want to have the label anyways and there is nothing wrong with that.. We can all be picky brides and this type of thing can eat at any of us.
Post # 14
I like your dress a lot more the the MAggie. I like the neckline better and the lace at the bottome is just too much. Your dress is beautifull on you, stick with it and quit looking at dresses!
Post # 15
Maggie Sottero actually is notorious for sometimes copying styles from the higher-end designers (and then her designs get knocked off by DB and AA), so it is possible that your dress is actually the original ones. If you already put down a deposit, the dress shop should be willing to tell you the designer.
Post # 16
i think your dress is beautiful! who needs a name brand anyway? no one will know, unless all your guests are as wedding obsessed as we are – id save yourself the headache and move on, it looks great on you!