Post # 1
Epic thanks for those of you who commented on this post and helped me figure out how to make myself look more like a buff bride, less like a linebacker in lace. (I am such a sucker for alliteration). Oh, man, that advice about sweetheart necklines and lower backs was awesome.
Now I’m totally torn… my favorite in pictures wasn’t even one of my favorites in the store because I didn’t like the tafetta fabric.
I love the way the bodice looks, and the deep sweetheart neckline is AWESOME (even if I am making a face)
My favorite from that store was actually a much less drastic fit and flare:
The fabric is WAY nicer (satiny silk that flows really well vs. tafetta), but I love the extreme fit and flare look of the first one.
OR there’s the totally different lace option… would have to add a sweetheart neckline here… the back is higher though which I don’t like, but it’s a fantastically pretty lace.
Then there was another mermaid/trumpet option which was in a nicer fabric, but didn’t have the same flattering, ruched bodice. It looks a little bubble-hemmed because the sample was in bad shape.
Ack! I am pretty sure another big trip is in order since so many of these are close-but-no-cigar (tafetta on a great bodice, gorgeous lace but too high a back), but if you’ve read this far, please let me know your favorites.
Post # 3
I voted for the first one, I think it looks really nice on you. I also think your expression suggests that’s the one you like most.
Post # 4
I voted for the second one; I think it is very figure flattering but also looks like it’s easier to walk in! 🙂 I love the way the fabric is draped in the second dress as well.
Post # 5
@divergirl: Thanks – yeah I really love the way it looks on me. The look on my face is actually because my friend was giving me very specific instructions on how to stand, which I thought was hilarious. My concern with this one, and why I liked the other one better, is that it’s tafetta and I really don’t like that fabric… though part of why I want opinions is to see if I should try again / open my mind to tafetta / see if I can find something similar in a different fabric.
By The Way, I just saw your dress pic and it’s gorgeous. I love the beading and it looks great on you.
Post # 6
Girlfriend, that first one makes you look AH-MAZE-ING! Yes. Just like that. Face or not, you look hot! (Hello @Entangled’s mom/dad/gma. By hot I mean lovely and beautiful.) That dress was made for you.
The others look good as well. No matter what you choose, you are going to look great!
Post # 7
i agree with most PPs that the first looks the best. but if you don’t like the fabric then keep looking! now you can say you narrowed down the style, so it should be easier to find one that is perfect in every way!
Post # 8
@tarheelgrad98: I don’t recall the first one being hard to walk in though if I do go back to try it on again I will have to pay attention to that. But the drape was really nice on the second one.
@In the media: Aw, thanks! Hahahha, I am pretty sure my parents don’t read weddingbee and my grandma refuses to use a computer, so I think you’re good. 😉 I’m SO happy with the way that one looks on me, I’m just concerned because I don’t really like the fabric. And also my friend at work told me it was the most formal of the dresses… I see it as more fun than formal though.
Post # 9
@Entangled: I see it as fun, too. I’m sure you could find that dress in a different fabric. It’s a common sillhouette.
And if you ever felt the need to show this to your parents/grandparents, they would know that hot is bee code for lovely. Wink wink. 😀
Post # 10
OOOOO I absolutely LOVE the first one. Hopefully Im not being biased because thats almost exactly the dress I want for my wedding!! Simple yet stunning!! But it seems to me that you love that one also!
Post # 11
I vote for the first dress. It flatters your figure the most. I was in the same situation you are. I loved the dress, but wasn’t a fan of taffeta (I wanted a silkier feeling dress), but I traded the style I wanted and sacraficed the fabric. Besides, if you are going for a summer wedding taffeta will be cooler to wear. (Just a thought!)
Post # 12
I am a little biased because I bought the first dress!!! I think it looks amazing and it is so so flattering! Is the first dress 2be or paloma blanca or something differnet? Also, I know you can order it in silk. So that’s my choice!!!
Post # 13
i think the 2nd dress is the most flattering for you. it looks elegant and its modern but not to the point where you will look dated in pictures.
Post # 14
The first is super flattering and gives you a great shape, but I think the subtle flare is more classic/elegant and less trendy, kinda like what aprose said above. Also, I hate taffeta too! I hate the sound it makes and the plasticky shine, haha. I saw a ton of taffeta dresses on my shopping trips but held out and got a gown in tulle/organza like I wanted. So stick to what you like and go find that silky fabric you want. This is just one trip, so I’m sure you’ll find your dream dress out there! Good luck 🙂
Post # 15
I have to disagree with the majority because I think the second one is absolutely stunning on you!! The satin is gorgeous and really glows, which makes it look very glamorous and luxe, in my opinion.
I definitely prefer the satin one. It makes your figure look amazing, a perfect hourglass, without the super drastic silhouette of the first one. I would say that the satin one will age better; it’s a classic, timeless design.
Post # 16
Moderate success – a big success I think.
Glad my advice about the sweetheart neckline has worked out as I too found the same thing. Also like you the ruched effect really suits me. As tarheelgrad98 says mermaid can be difficult to walk in. I love 1, 2 and the front of the last one as I don’t like the look of the back on the last one it looks a bit unfinished to me. Your face does seem to love the first one so that’s the one i’ve voted for!
Well done for finding the style that suits you 😉