Post # 1
I already have a wedding dress but I’ve decided that it’s not the dress that I love. I found the dress that I LOVE in a magazine and have called ever bridal shop within a 100 miles (I’ve called many places) and I can’t find this dress anywhere! I wanted to at least try on the dress before I purchased it but since I can’t seem to find it anywhere, I’m tempted to just purchase it online. Is it crazy to purchase a dress online without trying it on first?
Post # 3
I did, and everything worked out fine. Make sure it will fit before you buy it, though! And it might help to try on similar styles by the same designer.
What dress is it?
Post # 4
i bought mine without ever trying it on and i am thrilled with it!! it’s probably best if you are aware of your size and don’t have an issue fitting into things though. dresses are easier to take in than the be let out…
Post # 5
The same thing happened to me. Saw a dress I loved online, called all shops within 50 miles, and no one had it. I decided to go to a salon and try on dresses with similar shapes and by the same designer. I loved the style on me and the desginers dresses, so I went ahead and ordered and am so happy I did!
Post # 6
I did, although there was a return policy. Definitely try on similar styles, preferably from the same manufacturer. Also, check if your local salons can “borrow” the sample from the manufacturer. Your local store could also order the dress, even if they don’t carry that particular sample.
Post # 7
I did…but I made sure the return policy was very, very reasonable. Also, from past experience, I knew what style elements would look good on my body.
Post # 8
I did. Actually purchased a sample dress. The return policy was awesome which allowed me 3 days to decide to keep or return. I agree w/ the other Bees, try on similar styles by the designer. If it works, go for it.
Post # 9
I would if the return policy was good. But you should go out and try on a bunch of other dresses first, in case you change your mind.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t, because too many dresses that I loved in pictures, even on other real brides, turned out to not be as flattering on me.
Post # 11
I did and it was perfect! 🙂 Just triple check all the messurments and even order it a size or two bigger so you know it will fit and get it altered!
Post # 12
It’s very reassuring to read this thread. Even though I have tried on my dream dress… I’ll need to decide to order it from the US (I live in Australia) without trying it on again and after losing a LOT of weight. I tried on the sample which barely squished over my body, much less being able to give me a clear picture of how it would really look if it fitted.
It’s really wonderful to hear that so many people have had a positive experience when taking a gamble on the dress they love, without the chance to spend a day trying it on in person first!
Post # 13
Thanks for everyone’s input! This is the dress that I want to buy.
I’ll take everyone’s advice and try on similar dresses by the same designer.
Post # 14
@u_c2moore: It’s beautiful! Yeah, with a dress like that, you definitely want to try on similar dresses. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 15
Would I personally buy a dress that I’d never tried on? After my experience in trying on dresses- never. I loved so many dresses online and in magazines that I was sure would look great on me that made me look huge in person.
Is there any way you can at least try on a similar style to what you want to buy online to be safe?
Post # 16
If you’ve tried on enough dresses and really know the style that looks best on you, everything about the cut, from top to bottom, as well as fabrics, ornamentation, etc., then definitely go for it! I was nuts about wedding dresses — loved them… and almost became a 3-dress bride by buying one two weeks before our wedding last June from preowned. I knocked some sense into myself, but it wasn’t easy!