Buying a used dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

krystak :  not sure if this will help, but I saw no one else has replied yet so I’ll chime in. I got my dress of Craigslist. I didn’t want to deal with shipping and things not being what they seemed. It was just easier to see it and try it on in person. There are so many wedding Facebook buy and sell groups too so that would be a good place to look! 

Post # 3
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1108 posts
Bumble bee

POshmark, eBay, tent the runway all have designer dresses at reduced prices. Just look for a good return policy if you order a dress online. 

Post # 4
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66 posts
Worker bee

I bought my dress off StillWhite and I 100% recommend it. As soon as I got engaged I looked into second hand dresses, but I still wanted the in store experience. Long story short, I ended up going shopping with my mum and buying a dress. After I got it home I experienced massive dress regret. Under the lights in the shop it looked lovely, but the dress was cheap and in natural light it showed. The fabric was bright white, it only had 2 layers of tulle and the lace was tacky. I ended up buying a second dress (my dream dress) from StillWhite. The owner was local to my area so I tried it on first (and immediately fell in love). It is pre-worn and pre-loved so the lady was selling it for $500!!! So it was cheaper than my store bought one, even though it would have cost me thousands to buy it new. I wish I stuck with my instinct from the beginning so I didn’t have to go through all the dress regret and wasted money. But erything happens for a reason and maybe I wouldn’t have ended up with the dress I have now. Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I bought three preowned dresses (I know, I know). I hadn’t tried any on before doing so. They were all from eBay though advertised on StillWhite too. The first was amazing and the seller was a sweetheart. Unfortunately I bought it way too early and later decided it didn’t suit me. The second was the most difficult – it had damage the seller didn’t disclose and I wouldn’t have bought if I’d known. Because it was eBay/PayPal the seller had to accept the return even though she didn’t want to (the dress had holes, for goodness sake). The third was the charm – it was a dress I’d admired for years but I never thought I’d pull it off. Fell in love with it again when I tried it on. Was £1600 new (plus alterations) and I paid £260. The seller even dry cleaned it for me (at my expense, but there’s nowhere local to me that does it) and the dress looks brand new. 

It was a learning experience, and I definitely refined what worked for my body over the dresses, so I’d suggest trying on wedding dresses before you start shopping online. All in all, it was so worth it for me though! 

Post # 6
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

krystak :  my sister bought a dress off of preownedweddingdresses & it was beautiful in the pics the seller posted. There were no flaws and nothing stated in the description of anything wrong with the dress. I guess you have to pay through PayPal but her account was locked. She said she chose to just write the seller a check for the dress (at that point you just have to hope it’s the right dress since the website won’t help if transaction is not made through paypal). 

We opened the dress together and it was the same, beautiful dress but there was a stain on it… Not listed on website… There was nothing to be done to return the dress. She ended up paying close to $1k for alterations & to get rid of the stain, and cleaned. Seller didn’t clean the dress before selling it (EW). 

So, basically, I think the website is legit, but make sure you only go through PayPal. They will give you your money back for a defective dress, or if there’s anything that’s not listed by the seller 

Post # 7
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167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I bought mine through preloved.com I agree that if you can find second hand ones local to you its best to be able to try it on. Failing that, check the returns policy.  My dress was 20% of the original cost (paid £200 for a £3000 dress!). 

I personally love the thought that the dress made someone else very happy and is having a second outing, its more environmental, cost effective and so on. Also I did go along to several wedding dress shops as my mum wanted that experience and it was good to see what was out there and check I wasn’t ‘settling’.

Pretty much all of the dresses I tried were >£1,200 and honestly the quality was so average, I can’t believe they can charge that much for polyester! So many of them look really cheap up close and are scratchy or uncomfortable to wear.  My dress is several layers of 100% silk with amazing handbeading – the workmanship is BEAUTIFUL.  I would have paid £3,000 for it but I’m so glad I have my second hand one and have saved the dosh.  I might put it towards jewellry for something that can be worn again and again.

I would totally recommend second hand dresses BUT I do think its a personal thing and some people are just completely opposed to the thought and just envisage themselves in “their dress” brand new and made for them.  

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