(Closed) Buying gown offline without trying it on?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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170 posts
Blushing bee

Well it looks like you can return the dress with a 15% restocking fee.  It is a bit pricy considering what these dresses cost but maybe cheaper than flying somewhere to try on dresses?  Also to see how the dresses look on "real" people maybe you could browse the knot? There definitely is a Maggie bio.

Post # 4
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I fell in love with a dress that I couldn’t find in any salons.  I eventually just went to a bunch of places and tried on many different types of dresses to see what would work with for me. After trying on about 30 dresses I knew I wanted a mermaid lace gown.  This happened to be the same style that my "dream" dress was so I knew it would look good on me. I ordered the dress online and have had to make a few alterations.

In the end the dress I oringinally wanted was the one I ended up buying.  Although, I’m really happy I went out and gave other styles and fabrics a chance. I should add that I ‘m 5’10" and have hips so not everything out there fit me right. 

Post # 5
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

If I were you, I wouldn’t do it.

You seem very indecisive, and there’s too much chance you won’t like the fabric, color, quality if you haven’t seen it in person. Have you tried on dresses with similiar shapes, colors to make sure you’re certain on the style if not the exact dress?

Also, I wouldn’t buy a dress I hadn’t photographed myself in. I bought a dress that was gorgeous in person (silk, understated elegance) but was unflattering, shiny & drab in pics.

Post # 6
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’ve heard people say that you can order a sample from Maggie to try on, it’s only $50 or so.  They could send it to the store close to you and you can try it on.

Post # 7
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I wouldn’t order it either. Part of your indecision may be that you have more than a year until your wedding, and there have been many tales around here of brides buying their dresses very early and then regretting their decision. Why don’t you just put dress shopping away for awhile and come back in a few months. Things may have coalesced by then. Also that gives time for the shops near you to get samples back in of the gowns you are interested in.

Post # 8
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103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I would try on some maggies in whatever styles available just to get a feel for how they fit, as well as dresses with similar shapes and elements by whatever designer to see how those suit you.  bonus if you can find maggies with similar cuts.  after that, I think I’d feel reasonably safe buying the dress without trying it on.

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