Post # 1
This might be a bit of a strange request… Can you help me ‘analyse’ this dress with its features?
I am going dress shopping next week and I have my heart set on the Maggie Sottero Jessica (a remake from the Bernadette with less beading). I have called every single store in my country, none carry it. I found one store with a similar dress, the Elliana but the sample is too small. I’ll try it on but am not having illusions of having a wow moment with a dress that’s too small.
So now my idea is to at least try a lot of other dresses in similar styles to see if if would look good on me, and if so, order the dress without having tried it on (I’ve read loads of posts from bees who were successful in that after trying on similar styles).
So…. Similar styles… What are similar styles? let’s see the dress first:
This is the Jessica, the dress I love.
The most obvious characteristic is of course the keyhole back. Check, it’s got that amazing keyhole that I love. But since there’s only one other keyhole dress available in the bridal salon that’s probably too small, I won’t have much chance on trying on other keyholes.
So could you girls please help me identify other characterics of the dress that i need to take into account when trying on similar styles? I could, for instance, try on a strapless dress with a low back. Would that help? I also notice scalloped lace. Any other features that are important to keep in mind and try dresses that are similar? Is this an a line or fit&flare? I’ll definitely see if there are Maggie dresses that are similar so at least the brand is the same but any other tip to ‘analyse’ the characteristics of this dress would be great! What would be important to try on as an alternative to get an idea of it would fit me?
Thanks so much!!
Post # 2
The consultants should be able to help you with this as well, if you show them the pictures. I think the most important thing is to try on a dress with a similar overall shape (fitted across the hips and starting to flare out gradually from the thighs). You should also try on dresses with different fabrics to make sure you still love all the lace (which is gorgeous, as a lace dress owner myself!). Then try on something with a similar neckline. I loved lace straps on dresses when I was looking online but when I actually tried one on I didn’t like it at all.
Just beware that dresses often look different on you compared to how they look on the model. I hate my dress on the model but love it on me. Be open minded and trust your consultant to pull something you might not have considered, if this is your first time shopping. Good luck!
Post # 3
copperbird90: thanks so much for your feedback! Let’s hope the consultant can help me in this process too. How would you define this neck line? What if I can’t find a dress that’s too similar, can I ask for a V neck to try and would that be slightly similar? I know the fit might not look good on me at all, that’s why I want to try similar styles so that I can get an idea. Let’s hope it works!
Post # 4
I guess all you can do is show them the picture and see if they have something similar. They might be able to use a dress with a different kind of lace straps and hold it so that it looks more like your photo. If that dress has the wrong bodice/skirt though, but there is another dress there with the right one, then they can do this thing where, while wearing the dress with the straps, they hold up the other dress in front of you with the top folded down, so you can get an idea of the mashup of the two dresses by looking in the mirror.
Post # 5
The neckline is basically a sweetheart with wide straps…some call it “Queen Anne.” Maggie’s website calls the silhouette A-line but it looks like fit and flare to me. It must not be super fitted at the hips. It is definitely a figure-hugging dress so you have to be really happy with your shape to pull it off. Maggie has some very similar styles–Bronwyn and Carolina–that you may be able to track down. I also found an Allure dress that is almost identical (although I can warn you their quality of lace doesn’t match Maggie’s, they are a very popular brand and many bridal salons will have this one):
If there’s a David’s Bridal in your area you might try this one:
Marisa is another brand with gorgeous lace dresses, but they might be pricey and hard to find.
Post # 6
amyleannej: Thanks for your suggestions Amy! Unfortunately none of those brands are available in my country. They’re really pretty though!<br /><br />
I’ve heard good stories about Maggie’s perfect fits so I’m hoping I can try on lots of her dresses so that I can get a good idea of how her dresses fit me. There are several stores in my country where Maggie’s can be found, just not this particular one, but they’re always willing to orderit for me. (Upon purchase of course, so that’s why I need to be sure of the fit first).
Queen Anne is a good suggestion too, although I doubt there will be many dresses with the exact same neckline 😉
copperbird90: I like the idea of trying different lace straps and mixing two dresses to get a general idea. Let’s hope it works! Only 8 days until my appointment!
I’m getting more and more excited. I was so bummed that this dress can’t be found anywhere, but now at least I have some hope:
– I might be able to find a similar style that looks good and I can purchase above dress based on that
– I might find a strapless dress on sale that I can alter into a keyhole
– I might find a different style altogether 😉
Post # 7
How about the Allure 8923
Post # 8
clairebbbear: thanks for the suggestions but we don’t have those brands in my country. We have Maggie Sottero, all of the Pronovias Group, Justin Alexander, enzoani etc but no Allure etc. so too bad. I might find a keyhole on another dress but so far no luck in finding a store that carries it. But I can always create one or other this dress above if I’ve tried similar styles.
Post # 9
sfp: Justin Alexander has quite a few similar dresses with the same wide sweetheart neckline with straps or cap sleeves – but most of them have open backs rather than a keyhole. They do vary in how tightly they fit – some are a-lines and some are mermaid, with variations in between. It may be worth trying them on because you’ll still get a good idea of whether those styles suit you even if the back is different.
The Jessica is probably a trumpet, which is a more subtle version of a mermaid, but it’s probably worth trying on full mermaids, a-lines and all the other variations as well, coz you never know which one is going to suit you.