(Closed) Designer Doubles

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: I can tell when a dress is expensive!
    I can ALWAYS tell! : (11 votes)
    32 %
    Sometimes its noticeable... : (20 votes)
    59 %
    I really cant see a diffrence! : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Hello! Thats why I by the expensive version, so you can notice!! ;) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    What a fun thread! Lots of brides always looking for deals and replicas. 🙂

    Post # 5
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I tried on the 4800 Anne Barge dress and it was gorgeous. The fabric was just beautiful. It might have been my dress if it weren’t so over my budget! I also couldn’t walk in it.

    Post # 6
    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I clicked on “can always tell” and then I saw that first pick thinking….”Whoa, I was wrong.  That dress looks rich!”  LOL…It was the Carolina Herrera real deal.

    In person, especially, the difference is in the fabric.  Heavy, well lined, carefully fitted silks with handmade trims don’t look, feel, move, or even sound like nylon, poly, etc. even if the exact dress pattern is the same.

    Post # 8
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The fabric is how I usually tell, but more than that it’s the quality of the stitching that screams “high” or “low” to me. As the daughter of generations of sewing geniuses, I’ve been well-trained in the art of spotting seam defects and other issues. I also think that non-seamstresses can tell when the quality is good or poor, but they don’t always know why they feel that way. 

    That said, my gown is from Maggie Sottero. Her line fit into my standards for fabric/lining, stitching, and overall cut, but still fit the budget. I would have loved a Monique (personal favorite designer) but it just wasn’t possible.

    @Miss Sardine: fit definitely goes along with the quality, which I tend to think comes from the quality of stitching as I said above. 

    Post # 9
    2126 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yeah, the fabric is usually the tip off for me…when it has that manufactured look.

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