Dress shopping alone?

posted 2 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@daxsymbiote:  I went alone and loved it. It was really nice to be able to take the time and look at/picture myself in each dress without any chatter or opinions in the background. I narrowed the dresses down to my top three, tried each on again, and had the consultant at the shop take a front and back photo of each. I then sent the photos to my three best friends and my mom. They all voted for the same dress, and I bought it on the spot. 

It was so low pressure and relaxing. As an introvert, I 100% appreciated the solo buying experience. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I would have no problem with this. I shop for everything else I wear alone. If you really want opinions you can send photos.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

If you watch Say Yes to the Dress, you will seen bringing a lot of people with you to try on dresses can be a nightmare.  I bought mine by myself.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

I bought my dress online, which was a great experience! I knew I didn’t want a white dress, so going to a bridal store wouldn’t have been a great option for me. And I got engaged last April, so the whole time I’ve been engaged had been during covid, and I also had concerns about the safety of shopping in person. I liked buying my dress by myself online because I didn’t have to listen to anyone else’s opinions, which I wasn’t planning on doing anyway! I just picked the dress I wanted and that was that, and if anyone doesn’t like it, I just don’t care. I imagine it would have been stressful buying with an audience and having to listen to people saying what they like or don’t like about each dress. Doing it by myself was not stressful at all, just fun!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I went shopping alone and chose my dress without anyone else’s input. I had no issues with it. I tend to be a pretty decisive person, so I wasn’t worried about needing outside opinion – I did my shopping in less than 2 days (one appt at David’s Bridal on a Tuesday, 2 appts at boutiques that Friday – dress ordered Friday evening from one of the boutiques). Easy peasy. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I went alone the first time I got married because honestly, I didn’t know it was such a thing to bring a bunch of people. I ended up going to another store where I did bring my mom, who hated everything I liked. I was right to go alone the first time 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I went to two shops with mom who lives out of state. I went to one when she left by myself. It went just fine and I sent pictures of myself in my favorite dresses to friends/fam for input. Ended up finding my dress at the shop alone. I did appreciate having someone there at the beginning to help guide me and know what I like, but that’s also the salesperson’s job anyway. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I prefer doing all my clothing shopping alone, and did some dress shopping alone. I personally much prefer it. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I went alone to a few shops, then when I had narrowed things down, I brought my laptop and Skyped with my sister who was in another state. I just called ahead to make sure the shop was ok with that. This was pre-COVID, but I’m sure this is even more common now!! So that could be an option for you too.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

I have no plans to shop with anyone else – maybe my mom once I’ve already shopped and narrowed it down and if I want an opinion.  I hate shopping with others anyway.

Most of my friends shopped alone or at most with their mom.  It wasn’t a big deal – no one flew in.  Just a “happen to be available and timing worked out” thing with their mom that they probably would have been hanging out with anyway because it’s what they do.

I think movies and reality shows make dress shopping seem like it’s supposed to be some momentous group event and really, it’s just trying on clothes, which at best is a dissheveling somewhat rushed experience (most dress salons don’t just let you meander and try on at your leisure), but it can also be frustrating, hot, sweaty, and demoralizing in some cases.

I really don’t think it’s as unusual as you think it is.

And as someone who was on the other end of it with the one friend who did want to make it an “occasion” – waiting around and watching other people try on clothes is boring AF after the first couple of dresses.  But I’m not big on shopping in the first place.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I bought my original dress when I was with one friend and she only joined me last minute because the shop was near her, she just happened to be free & it was a good chance to catch up with her (we don’t get to meet up very often).   But due to Covid, I then couldn’t get that dress in time for the wedding, so I had to buy a replacement online.  I bought that one by myself with no input from anyone else (the first person to see it was my fiance when he picked me up on the morning of our wedding to go to the church) and I actually loved it far more than the original one.

If it weren’t for the opportunity to spend time with my friend, I would 100% have been fine going on my own.  And I think it’s easier.  There’s less risk of being talked into something you’re not 100% sure of if you go alone!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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@daxsymbiote:  If you’re buying online, I’d suggest trying a few dresses on in person first, so that you know what silhouettes work well for you.  If ordering off Etsy, I’d also check the reviews (& look out for reviews that all sound very similar, especially if they’re posted close together – I suspect some reviews of being written by the same person under different names due to the similarity of language!)

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

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@daxsymbiote:  I was anxious about buying online, too, but it went great! I bought from Needle & Thread (a perfectly repulatable store), and made sure that wherever I ordered from allowed for returns and refunds (Needle & Thread does). I didn’t get professionally measured, but I eyeballed my size based on the fit of my other dresses and it turned out fine. I probably would have gotten measured if it wasn’t for covid, but when I ordered my dress (summer of 2020), I didn’t feel comfortable getting measured in person. Wherever you buy from, I would just make sure that they have a good return policy so you can send the dress back if you don’t like it or if it doesn’t fit. 

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