Post # 1
I need advice on what to do about my expensive dress regret! i purchased the Watters Norma at a trunk show in February, and having driven far out of town to attend the trunk show, I felt pressure to find a dress THAT DAY. Now that my dress has arrived, I’m not so sure the flowing layers at the bottom flatter my short 5″4″ petite frame. I know that if I try to consign, I’ll take a huge hit (possibly over $1,000 since my dress retailed at $2690). Any suggestions? Maybe I’ll feel different once I get it altered to fit perfectly, I just think that at that price point, I want to LOVE my dress and be excited to wear it, and right now I’m just having regrets for not shopping around longer for something more flattering. Help!!
Post # 3
A picture would help immensely! 🙂
Post # 5
It’s a lovely dress! You’ll feel better after it is altered to fit you.
Post # 6
Wow, the Watters Norma was always one of my favorite dresses! It’s such a lovely silhouette and it seems like a pretty universally flattering dress. If I were you I’d wait to pass judgment on it until you got it altered. Alterations can make a world of difference and when it’s tailored to your body, you’ll probably fall in love with it all over again.
If you’re still unhappy with it after you get it altered, there are lots of possibilites. I’d say to wait to cross that bridge until you come to it, though!
Post # 7
That’s a beautiful dress!
Post # 8
Thanks for the comments everyone. I’m posting some not so high quality selfies of me in the dress with and without the belt; I’m almost thinking I like it better without the belt since I’m not very tall, I think the belt just breaks it up more and makes it look shorter and wider. Maybe it’s just me. I think after trying it on again today I’m feeling better and once it is altered to fit perfectly, it will be even better.
Any votes on the belt?
Post # 10
This dress looks very beautiful on you.
I worked as a dressmaker to put myself through university, I would say that it does need a little tailoring, a couple of darts in the bodice, so that it fit better accross the chest area.
But also a really good steam press, to get rid of all those wrinkles.
It is so flowing, and beautiful- It is a beautiful choice for you!!!!
Post # 11
I think the dress is beautiful and I really love the layering. The dress definitely needs to be tailored but you look lovely in it.
Post # 12
I also think that thick belt is too much. But maybe a really thin belt would help. About a quarter inch.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@dec2013bride: I think you’re right on the belt – it looks a bit too thick, and doesn’t cinch you in the way it needs to to be worthwhile. Maybe a little belt, perhaps with a bigger central applique of some kind, might be better?
You look beautiful in it though, and that back view is so pretty, very delicate and airy and elegant. Once it’s altered to fit it will be perfect!
Post # 14
The dress itself is gorgeous & will look amazing after it’s altered to you! But the belt is def overwhelming. I’d go with a thin sparkly belt instead.
Post # 15
I agree with everyone else, it is a gorgeous dress! It definitely needs to be brought in a little bit in the waist, and a thinner belt would be a better fit.
Post # 16
@dec2013bride: Agree its beautiful but it def needs a belt of some sort or it looks a plain at least to me it does.