- 6 years ago
First day shopping with Mom and sister was a marathon. 3 shops and 35 dresses or more tried on. So tired now! I still dont 100% know my style, but there were a few that stood out. I am glad we didn’t narrow the search too much, as many dresses that looked great were meh on the hanger.
Stop 1: Davids Bridal. I was pretty certain I would not find “the dress” here, but I wanted mom and sis to see a variety of shapes, and I knew that might be harder at the next two shops which were sample shops. its also a great baseline for determining if higher prices are worth it (they are). My consultant was nice, but shop was crowded (as expected).
Dress A. Even though the dress was too big the cups were way small, so I would need to buy big and a lot of alterations would be needed.This dress was the nicest at Davids and had great detailing, but when comparing the fabric and fit to the designer samples it just isn’t worth its $1450 price tag. (every other dres I found was under $2,000)
Stop #2: Bridal Garden
A non-profit shop of donated dresses (mostly samples). No real consultant, you pull your own gowns and put them back. I’m a size 10/12 in bridal and there was an okay selection, only a few were above my price range ($2,000). I like this style of shopping, and I tried on at least 15 dresses in 1.5 hrs, including time spent shopping the racks. If you like shopping at TJMaxx you would enjoy it.
Dress B. The best bargain of the day and a perfect fit without clips. Modern Trousseau NYC (a custom shop), $795. Has some damage that needs repair but nothing majo, and the only alteration needed is hemmingr. A big negative is that it was only 400 a few weeks ago during a clearance sale so I would feel I was overpaying.
Dress C Jenny Yoo. Way too small and not worth the alteration risk at $1990, but I loved it.
Stop 3: The sample room. I was very impressed! The store is set up very nicely, you can browse and pull your own dresses but you also have a consultant to help you. They only do two appointments at a time, and I was last of the day and had the shop to myself. The girls working there were lovely. Great experience!
I managed to find 8 that were my size and close to my price range, and luckily my two favorites were below $2,000. Yes, I stretched my price range to fit the selection.
Dress D: Lian Carlo, $1900. A bit big but alterable. 100% silk!
Dress E: La Sposa. $1,600, very bridal.
Dress F: forgot to look at the designer, I liked the straps a lot but not as much overall as dresses D and E.
There are two that I am strongly considering, but I am pretty indecisive and might decide to shop more.
What do you think m of my shopping trip? What is your favorite?