(Closed) Dress shopping depression?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@tristianelizabeth:  I had an awful time the first time I went dress shopping, I was so depressed that I was trying on dresses that were two sizes bigger than my normal size and they werent zipping!  I felt terrible about myself.  I also have super broad shoulders (I always joke I could be a linebackerSmile) so I only tried on dresses with straps and I wasn’t falling in love with any of them, so I gave in and tried on a few strapless dresses and they looked way better than the dresses with straps! I ended up buying a strapless mermaid gown!  I still don’t love my arms and shoulders but I do love how the sweetheart neckline makes my boobs look great and how tiny my waist looks in it. 

Just figure out what aspects of the dress you thought made you look good and try to keep them in mind for your next dress!

Good luck on your search I am sure you will find the perfect dress for you!

Post # 19
2374 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The other thing to consider might be an A line shape.  The problem with ball gowns is because they have SO much volume, they can sometimes make you look bigger than you are. 

The other thing to remember is that straps are easy to add.  I hate strapless dresses – I have an irrational fear that I’ll have a wardrobe malfunction, and there is no convincing me otherwise.  I’m starting the shopping process soon, and my mom (who was a dressmaker back in the day) was talking to one of the alterations ladies about their way of adding straps.  They explained that they keep fabric from the dresses when they have to alter them, so they have extra material that matches the dress to make straps out of.  If they don’t have the exact material, they have lace, chiffon, satin, flowers, etc. to make straps with. 

My suggestion would be to go to a department store with someone you trust and try on differently shaped prom dresses.  There’s no pressure, and you can really just look at what the shape of each dress does to you.  Take a picture of shapes that flatter your figure, and bring that into the bridal store. 

Post # 20
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i am sorry you’re having a hard time! The first few times I went dress shopping, I was on prednisone and had full blown moonface going on. It was REALLY hard to like anything. Like many pps said before, just power through it and keep at it, and I’m sure you’ll find a dress you love. By The Way, that silhouette looks great on you! I think if ballgown is what you want, the natural waist suits you very well!

Post # 21
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Dress shopping can be hard, but as everyone else said, well worth it!  Don’t be afraid to try on strapless gowns, though.  In fact, I wouldn’t rule anything out.  My dress consultant picked out stuff I never would have tried, and she got it right.  She explained that usually we don’t buy dresses that are made as well as weddig dresses are, so things that normally look bad on us work better, since they have better support and seams and everything.  Also, if your shoulders annoy you, a ballgown skirt is going to even it out and make them look smaller.  I wore the Watters Austin which is very flattering on lots of different shapes and sizes if you want to take a look.

Post # 22
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@tristianelizabeth:  Cool!  My cousin’s wife got her dress at one of their traveling events (I found this out way later after finding out about it on the bee).  Since you are traveling such a distance, don’t forget to hit up a bunch of other bridal stores in that area too!  If you find The One somewhere else, if you get the model # and style, you can always order it someplace closer to you!!  Good luck and chin up!! You’ll find it!!!

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