Post # 1
Bees, I need some advice. I recently bought a dress at a consignment shop and I loved it when I was wearing it…but looking back at the pictures, I feel kind of “blah” about it. I don’t get thrilled about it. I don’t want to run and tell everyone I know that I found this amazing dress. Now, I know that it still needs crinoline to make it “poof” out at the bottom, and the hips need to be taken out a smidge…but I am just wondering if there is anything I can add around the waist to give me more of a defined waist or to add something to the dress. Since it has all this beading at the top, I don’t think that a belt would look right. I don’t know…I feel like, from afar, its very plain. Maybe it was just the lighting in the store. Any suggestions?
Post # 2
here is a closer look at the top of the dress
Post # 3
I think it’s a beautiful dress! I see what you’re saying about from afar it looks plain, but it’s NOT! You also have to think of all the lights from cameras and whatnot at your wedding. They’ll make those beads sparkle and it’ll look fantastic. I love the more clear/iridescent beading. I have the same type on my dress.
Post # 4
You could totally do a sash. I’d personally do a wide satin one, maybe 6-8 inches, folded in half. I think it’s a gorgeous dress, but it could do with some improvements like you mentioned.
Post # 6
I think it looks great and compliments you very well.
Post # 7
I think it’s beautiful! The corset lacing is pretty and the shape is great on you. I guess the question is what would make you more excited about it? Do you want a different shape? More details? Lace?Because it is so simple, you could look into getting some appliques to add, maybe around the neckline, or add a pick up with an embellishment in the skirt…I’m not a seamstress, so I have no idea, but you could probably add something to it if that would make you happier, not that I think it needs anything (other than alterations and crinoline 🙂 )
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook
Do you have the dress at home? I find that pulling the dress out at loking at it in real life or trying it on helps me love my dress again. Cell phone photos really don’t do wedding gowns much justice.
Post # 9
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with that dress at all, it’s lovely. You could try a sash, or what about a statement necklace? Something to pop a wow factor?
Post # 11
I would accessorize, but now with a sash. Since the back is a corset, it would look weird to add a sash and cut it in half. Look for a statement necklace or a lace veil to add something extra. Like other bees said, with different lighting it will sparkle more. Good luck bee!
Post # 12
1) I think it’s just the way you’re standing in the first pic that’s not very flattering. The second and third pics have a very defined waist! As PP mentioned, you should try it on again in person. Pictures can really play tricks on us! No dress or sash will overcome bad posture, so start practicing for your pictures. 🙂 Has it been altered to fit you yet? That makes a huge difference too.
2) Just because there’s lots of beading, doesn’t mean you can’t have a sash. If it enhances the look to you, do it! It’s your one wedding dress! You don’t have to follow anyone else’s rules. I agree with PP that you might like a wide satin sash, but just try a few different ones and see if any work for you. My dress had a lot of beading and I saw lots of other brides choose to wear it with a sash. People cover beading all the time.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies! All your suggestions are making me feel better already. My dress isn’t at home, it’s back at my parents which is 4 hours away. I think that once I get the crinoline, get it altered, and start accessorizing, I will feel soooo much better. And it is true,I feel like these pics don’t do this dress justice.
Post # 14
i think the dress is amazing! you just need to get it altered a bit, and figure out hair, makeup, etc and you’ll feel much better!!
Post # 15
I really love all of the sparkle details. If I did suggest anything – and that is a big if – I would suggest adding trim ateither the top of the dress or maybe at the waist. A few shops told me that you would add a sash that could be sewn into the dress such that the sparkle would fit around the front and side of the dress and would not interfere with the beautiful corset back. Just a thought. Love it so much on you – very sparkly and beautiful!