(Closed) Dress pet peeves and dislikes…what are yours?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5777 posts
Bee Keeper

Have you actually tried any on that have any of those details, or are you eliminating them just from seeing them? Many times people end up with something completely different than what they thought they wanted, so its always suggested to try on every style just in case. The ugliest dress on the hanger may be the one that looks best on YOU!

Post # 4
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I actually started one appointment by telling the consultant what I didn’t like.  I think that’s valid. 

I’m subconscious about my hips, so I didn’t want any fit and flare or overly severe trumpet or mermaid skirts.   I can objectively say those dresses are gorgeous, but I knew that I wouldn’t feel beautiful in them.

Post # 5
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When the wedding dress looks like a slip I’m not a fan


Post # 6
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Pickups and ruching were my 2 nos. I did try on a couple just to see and yeah, hated them as much on me as I did in a picture or on a hanger. I wanted to look like a bride, not a frosted cupcake.

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

Strapless being the only choice

When sleeves are available for those who don’t want to be exposed or have religious restrictions that require coverage, the dresses are generally not flattering or attractive

Dresses that should not be worn in public due to low necklines which show off everything

Not a fan of poof (for most dresses it’s either lackluster or extreme with no middleground) for me because I am so small that it would eat me alive

Post # 8
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started my search against taffeta, pickup ballgown skirts, tulle, lots of beading, flower appliques, halter tops, basque waistlines, empire waistlines, sheaths andchiffon. It had to have at least a small train. I originally didn’t like ruching either and really wanted a lace gown.

My list of dislikes was so long and intricate, that there were hardly any options for me to try on. Once I actually tried on what I *thought* I wanted, it was a total let down. I ended up ordering a satin dress that has ruching, a drop waist and a ballgown skirt with slight pickups because it was what looked the best on me.

Be sure to keep an open mind when dress shopping! Dresses tend to look a LOT different on real people vs. the hanger or model you see them on!

Post # 9
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think the one for me is diamontee details, sometimes it just looks so tacky. Not keen on the heavier materials like satin or taffetta either *shudders*

Each bride to their own but I think the texture, look and even sound of it is wrong. People would never wear it any other day, so why for their wedding?

Post # 10
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

1)  Satin – I don’t dislike it, but it was too heavy when I tried on a big satin dress with a train.

2)  Sleeves – I wanted strapless and definitely no bolero or long sleeves (I’m getting married in the summer!)

3)  Trumpet/Mermaid – Because of the shape of my body it’s not really flattering, and I wanted a more romantic flowy look.

4)  Big ballgown 

5)  Excessive beading/shininess – Here is where I broke my “rules”.  My dress actually has a lot of details and beading to it!  Perhaps more than I would have liked, but at least it keeps the dress from looking too plain.  I was not impressed when I saw it on the hanger, and actually waited a long time to try it on.  It sounds weird, but up close there’s a lot going on, but in pictures it’s hardly noticeable and looks really nice!  It’s also a ballgown and I was pretty convinced I wanted an A line.

So there you have it.  Sometimes you’re not sure until you give it a go.  🙂  I didn’t have any real expectations… I went in with a pretty open minded and I think that made my search more difficult because there was not one dress that I hated and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for.

Post # 11
3261 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t particularly like satin, one-shoulder dresses, colored gowns, and halters. 

Also not too fond of “Vera blindness” meaning people get so caught up in the label that they don’t see how unflattering/weird the dress really is. 

Post # 12
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mink: I’m with you. I’m pretty self conscious about my hips + stomach area, so I knew something too harshly fit and flared or mermaid might look good to other people, but I wouldn’t love it.

I’ve only tried on one dress a few years ago, so we’ll see what happens when I go shopping! 🙂

Post # 13
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Satin and PICKUPS. Double ick if they’re on the same dress.

I love ruching and colored gowns. Organza is beautiful. And although my dress is taffetta, I hate how taffetta looks with a flash–too much like satin!

Post # 14
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

PSSHHH I had  a list of “nos” too.

-ballgowns, a-lines, taffetta, pickups, ruching, over embellishments, lace, halters, deep vnecks, one shoulders…i could keep going.

i did try on most of these to prove to myself that i didnt like them.  its not good to be so judgemental from the hanger.

Post # 15
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I found that a lot of dresses that I think are gorgeous on other brides I was like “EW” when I tried them on myself!  For me, I wouldn’t feel comfortable in anything shiny, and I’m not really into asymmetrical bustlines; I feel like they make one boob look bigger than the other.

Post # 16
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When the corset top looks too much like a ‘sexy bedroom corset’. I know dresses with corsets do amazing things for the waistline, but some can be a little too tight, too figure hugging and too low cut.

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