(Closed) Dress-Shopping Advice – First Trip to a Boutique

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Keep an openmind and resist the urge to buy anything on your first time out. It’s very good that you aren’t taking a bunch of people with you. Try on as many styles as possible just to get the feel for what you may or may not like. And most of all, have fun with it and post pics! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My advice is to have fun and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. You don’t have to make a choice that day and if you DO fall in love with a dress, that’s ok too 🙂

Post # 6
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1274 posts
Bumble bee

Have you headed out yet? I’m glad you’re going with a good friend who gets you and your taste. That will prove helpful! 🙂

My suggestion is really to be open minded. Dresses can look really different on your body than on a hanger. I brought with me pics of a handful of styles/silhouettes/dresses I liked and wanted to try on for my first appointment. So it’s helpful to have an idea of what you think you would like, but it may get thrown out the window once you start trying things on. 

Be hydrated and well fed when you go, get a snack on the way. It’s gonna get really hot trying dresses on and you don’t want to get cranky or ‘hangry’ lol. Take note of any styles you like, suited your body shape well and DON’T feel pressured to buy today! Take all the time you need. 🙂 

Post # 7
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288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a pear-shaped body too… and seriously, wedding dresses do massive, wonderful favors for our shape!! Going wedding-dress shopping was the best shopping experience of my life. Have fun!

Post # 8
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1307 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Stay tu to yourself while also being open minded! Haha sounds impossible, but when you geth there, you’ll know what I mean.

Tell the consultant your concerns, and what you like and dislike. If she has suggestions for your shape, try it. At the same time, if you want something more casual, don’t let anyone pressure you into a more formal dress.

Post # 10
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1274 posts
Bumble bee

Sooo how’d it go? 🙂

Post # 11
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yeah, how did it go?

Post # 13
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Try on lots of dresses, even the styles you would not have considered. I went in with an idea of what I wanted, but after trying that style on, I saw that it did not suit me at all!  In fact, I ended up buying the kind of dress that I had originally ruled out for myself.  Keep an open mind and be willing to try new things.  The sales associates can be very helpful in finding styles that are flattering for your body shape. 

Also, try and stick closely to your budget.  I ended up spending more than I had thought I would.  It’s easy to get carried away since there are so many beautiful things in the shops, but remind yourself of your dollar figure.  Remember that potential alterations are pricey too!  I would recommend a corset style gown, since that helps minimize the need for alterations.

Finally…do not immediately buy the first dress you try on.  Sleep on it and think about it some more.  Shop around and look at magazines to get a sense of what shapes and styles you really like.  I wish I had done more of this before buying.  I love my dress, but after I put a deposit on it, I found another dress that I loved even more and wish I had bought.  It had the skirt and train shape I was looking for, even though I didn’t even know I was looking for it!  It was something I didn’t know how to describe, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one.  It was too late for me to get my deposit back though.  Oh well.

Post # 14
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@TwinABee:  Whoops, I didn’t read thru the whole thread before I posted.  I’m so glad you found a dress you love!

Post # 15
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1274 posts
Bumble bee

@TwinABee:  YAAAAY! Smile I’m glad it went well! I’m excited for you! Are you going to post a pic?  The fit and flares are surprisingly AWESOME on a lot of body shapes, I was *this close* to  buying one before I found mine. 

 

 

Post # 16
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yayy!! Glad you had a good experience. Hope to see pics soon:)

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