(Closed) Dress shop etiquette?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

rachel85:  how did it go? did you find your dress? How many did you try? Did you wear the right underwear and most of all, did you have fun?!

Post # 18
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

rachel85:  ah that’s good! So maybe it just needs to sink in a bit more and its a bit of a process. Im sure you’ll find it! I’m really curious how I will react when shopping. 

Post # 20
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799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wore make-up and did my hair. I wanted the full experience of trying on dresses. All the other woman at the salon did the same (they only booked two other sessions near mine). I did not wear shapewear. I did wear a nice top, skinny jeans, and heels. I was allowed to take pictures because I purchased a dress, had I not made a purchase I would not have been able to take pictures. 

I did to my hair and make-up a little more dramatic when I went for my first fitting (including wearing my hair up). I wore shapewear and the heels for the wedding. 

 

Post # 21
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865 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m a bridal consultant, and I’ve seen it all! It’s best to ask the shop if they have a policy on pictures, makeup, etc… before you go. Most dresses have enough built in support that you won’t need shapewear or a bra, but I wore shapewear when trying on just because I am shy and it gave me more coverage ๐Ÿ™‚ But I have had girls show up without underwear or anything… (uh, that is not appreciated… we make them wear a slip or something that we can wash so they are not touching the dresses!). So just do what makes you comfortable (but please wear underwear; even thongs are ok!). Also, I brought red lipstick with me to try on, because I plan on wearing a bold lip on the day-of and so it was important to complete my vision… I put it on AFTER I was already in the dress (and only did so for my favorite dress) and took it off again before I changed, because I am paranoid like that. Typically our clients try on around 10 dresses in an appointment, but we also book 2 hour long appointments; your mileage may vary. Hopefully somebody finds this helpful! But I guess my main point would be don’t be nervous or self conscious, and have fun! I promise your consultant isn’t juding your cellulite or your tummy or even your uneven nipples, because seriously, that is the least of our concerns when we are trying to find you the perfect dress!

Post # 22
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Busy bee

MadameX:  Eeeek, the idea that someone would actually turn up without wearing underwear just boggles the mind. That just seems rude to me.

 

I wore a strapless bra for most of my appointments, just because I didn’t want to have to faff about with bra straps. I didn’t wear makeup (apart from a tiny bit of lipstick for my first one), as I didn’t want to make a mess of the dresses by accident, but then again, I don’t wear makeup most days.

 

Post # 23
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463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wore make up and had my hair in a sock bun because I knew I wanted to wear it up and wanted to be able to invision myself.  I’m really happy I went looking fresh.  I also bought new lingerie, which is reccomended. I try and dress up a little when I do bridal things.  I feel like it makes the experience more fun.

Post # 24
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

rachel85:  Haha I love your advice, especially the cocktail. 

MadameX:  Eeww no underwear! How rude! Thanks for the rest of the tips though! how fun that you tried on dresses as a wedding consultant yourself!

Post # 25
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1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did my makeup and got a blowout before trying on dresses. It’s hard for me to go shopping for any item when I don’t feel put together. 

as far as shape wear, I wore a nude thongs and a regular bra. I would bring a strapleas bra if you think you will need one on the big day. I am smaller chested so I do not. Also bring a pair of heels in a Similar height you would wear on your wedding day. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I got caught unprepared and just happened to go in one day, but I would recommend full-cheeked (no thong, note to self they may be comfortable but not recommended when the consultant comes in to help you!) underwear in a neutral colour and a neutral colour bra that you can just tuck the straps into it if you’re trying on a strapless dress. As previously mentioned, heels are a nice touch, but nothing too sky high, even a little wedge helps and most of the time they have something for you to wear anyway.

Personally, I wore my regular eye and face makeup but with a little extra blush (I barely wear any at all usually) because I knew when I was wearing the dress that I’d look more done-up than usual, so I wanted to get a feel for that. Also, some of the lights wash you out a lot, and I’m a very pale girl, so I needed some colour!

I just threw my hair up in a bun to kind of get an idea of what it would look like up.

The first fitting I went to I just went wearing a regular strapless bra, turns out that’s the one I’m going to have to wear (thank goodness it was skin toned!) because they made a little hook in the dress for the bra and needed the width of the band to do it. So it’s nice to come prepared in nude undies ๐Ÿ™‚

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