Buying a dress without trying it on…? Really bad idea?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Wellllll… it is a risk. I can’t tell you how many times I loved a dress in pictures but hated it on me. Have you tried on enough in the exact same silhouette that you’re confident that it’s flattering and you like that shape?

Post # 4
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

the first gown Poppy is available in a few color options:  see link you posted 


Ivory, Diamond White, White

You can order the dress you tried on and LOVE in a “all white color”  I would go that route!  I was in same boat with my dress, the samples all came in pearl/silver and I wanted all ivory. It turned out amazingly well considering I never saw the ivory prior to ordering (not even website)

Post # 5
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

oops sorry I just read the line about how all white loses something .  I’ tired, should’t be posting!  I think black and white is stunning but I can understand wanting the all white. have you seen corinne by maggie sottero?  I just love it!

Post # 6
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wouldnt take the risk, honestly…all of the dresses I’ve loved online have looked so different in person. I would call around your local shops to see if any of them could get a “loaner” dress for you to try on. Usually there’s a fee for that, but its probably worth the peace of mind.  Or maybe if a store is having a trunk show soon, they will get that dress in for it?

Post # 7
4429 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Karenina:  i think its a huge risk. things can go really good or really bad.

I feel this way cuz when i was looking at dresses online i fell in love with a dress and tracked this dress down 2 hours away to try it on. i was sure this dress was going to look fantastic on me and be flattering. i put the dress on and it did nothing for me at all ; ( i feel everyone should try the dress on. you never know what’s going to be flattering or unflattering till you try it on.

Post # 8
2144 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Have you tried on other dresses with such a steeply dropped waist before? That’s what I would be more concerned about before taking the plunge

I bought my dress without trying it on, and I’m totally happy with it. But it could really go either way, so with no time to get a new dress if you don’t like it, I’d be really hesitant to do so.

Post # 9
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve seen some girls buy replicas of a dress they loved and didn’t try it on.  When they received it, they still loved it.  I guess if you find that one dress you have to absolutley have and keep going back to, then I think you’ll do fine.  I went to DB a long time ago and tried on various different styles to discover mermaid style fit me best.  But my wedding being 1920 themed, Im afraid a mermaid gown won’t fit in with the theme.  I do plan on going and trying on some of the original designs I like before ordering offline though.  And it requires me to travel across the state to do so.  But road trips are fun.  So I’m all in.

Post # 9
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Hi! What did you end up deciding on? I’m leaning toward ordering the poppy in white but have only seen it in black and white and am nervous!


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