Post # 1
My dress saga continues, but fortunately, I feel that all the searching is bringing me back to my original dress choice. In retrospect, I bought my dress in a bit of haste, but going dress shopping again has instilled a little confidence in me that I might have made a good choice after all.
To all the bees who experience a little dress indecision (not full-on regret but a bit of uncertainty or doubt) and have the luxury of time, I personally have found that additional shopping – alone, minus entourage – helps to clear the head. It helped me get you back to what I want, what I think looks good on me, and what *is* me. Granted, you should do all this with the attitude of looking – no rash moves or purchases. Try on some dresses, take and scrutinize the photos, maybe post here, and see how you feel after *at least* a few days. You may be surprised that the dresses that you drool over in magazines or online fall flat. And you may be surprised to realize that, with new dresses, after some initial excitement in store, after a few days, you realize that the love fades fast and your original choice bubbles back to #1.
I haven’t fallen for another dress, despite having tried on a slew of dresses from low to high end. I’ve shared some photos as I’ve gone along, but not all. Below are some recent tries, including some Vera Wang stunners that sadly did not deliver. I thought they were beautiful dresses but not for me. I thought I’d post them because I know there are several bees who are also pining for VW gowns. It’s always so helpful to see these dresses on real people, so here’s my contribution.
For reference, I lusted after Georgina for days and was totally disappointed that the dress did not look good on me at all. Didn’t even warrant a photo and frankly I cannot even remember what it looked like on me! Esther was my favorite but still, it wasn’t it. It was a bit too much dress and didn’t flatter me as much as other dresses have.
Of this batch, the Augusta Jones Elaine is by far my runaway favorite… But does it best the one I have already ordered??? Not so sure…
‘Til next time… and as always, I welcome your thoughts/comments!!!
Post # 3
Which one is which I like the last one best
Post # 4
I like the first dress best it fits you beautifully 🙂
Post # 5
@nativedesires: me too but I like her first one also. I just cant see enough of it.
Post # 6
I actually love the Esther on you. Strangely, it looks like less dress than I was expecting from it (on Ivanka Trump, Blair from GG etc it looks more voluminous, yours looks rather sleek in comparison!)
I am really concerned about what you say about the Georgina. I am very close to buying it sight unseen (I won’t get a chance to try it on beforehand. What was it that didn’t work for you? I’ve tried other trumpet/soft mermaids that suit me…I was hoping that was close enough. Did you take any photos at all?
Post # 7
@chateau2013: Which one did you already order? Can you add a poll?
Between the first dress (August Jones Elaine), the second dress (???), and the third dress (Vera Wang Esther), I like the third one the best. The second dress is my least favorite because I dislike the dropped waist.
Post # 8
the first one is so pretty!
Post # 9
Oooo first one for sure! And, this is coming from a huge fan of lace dresses, but the first one is gorgeous on you! The lace dress is pretty, but seems like a looked-nice-on-the-hanger kind of dress. And to be honest, I just am not impressed by the second dress at all.
The first dress!
Post # 10
I’m having a hard time deciding over here – I love 1 and 3!
Post # 11
@peonyinparis: trying on the georgina in person gave me *real pause* about buying a dress preowned sight unseen. i also was scouring the internet looking for that dress and did find a seller whose size matches mine. but something about buying a dress without trying it on really bothered me, so i made an appointment at a local VW store and fortunately, they carried the georgina.
i really should have taken a photo but it was the first dress i tried on, and before the consultant even zipped it up, i knew i wasn’t going to like it. the neckline did nothing for me, and (i think, because i can barely remember my feelings about it – that’s how unremarkable it was to me) it felt a bit plain. Which is crazy because VW gowns are anything but plain!!!
so another BIG learning for me through this process is – though it may seem self-evident to many, it took experience for me to fully understand it – what looks good on others may not look good on you. believe it.
how you feel in a dress >> how you look in a dress >> how others look in a dress
Post # 12
@peonyinparis: oh, and i also really like the trumpet/fit-and-flare silhouette. i gravitate toward ballgowns all the time, but when i try them on, without fail i find that they don’t look nearly as good on me as the trumpet/fit-and-flare styles. which is why, like you, i was so drawn to the georgina.
i don’t mean to scare you off. if you feel in your heart of hearts that this is your dress, go for it! and getting it preowned is SUCH a better deal than buying it in store at retail price. plus you can get it altered however you want. if it doesn’t wow at first, you can always alter it so it will! 🙂
Post # 13
I’m stuck between 1 & 3. Go with your heart and pick the one you love!
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@chateau2013: Thanks for your thoughtful analysis, as usual! It really does help. Your post has actually reignited my love for Esther, I didn’t realise it actually looks closer to a modified A-line/almost a slight trumpet rather than a big ballgown (which how it appears in other photos I’ve seen). Did you try on the lace bolero?
I think the front of the Georgina is quite plain, I would definitely add a bejewelled sash. I was hoping the back of it, with that fabulous train, would make up for the front! And if I got the Georgina, I am also considering the Audrey lace veil (which I think you’re wearing with the second Vera?) to make it a bit more fancy, rather than just a raw edged plain veil.
I have another question you may be able to help me with – any thoughts about the internal construction of the Vera dresses? Is there an internal corset? As in, sometimes I feel the Georgina looks a little flimsy through the bodice compared to other trumpet dresses that look like they have more boning through the upper body. I just don’t want to end up with a dress that isn’t sufficiently supportive, or one that doesn’t nip me in enough through the body!
By the way, I still really like your Lhuillier. How do you feel about that dress now?
Post # 16
@chateau2013: Oh, I remember your posts! We have similar body types.
Honestly, I really do like your original dress. The pleated bodice on the Augusta Jones is beautiful and fits you so well, but I prefer the lace on the original. The only thing I’m not wild about on the ML is the seam across the hips.
I just don’t think the AJ is sooo much better to warrant buying a whole new dress.