(Closed) Dress that is most flattering or dress with character? Strapless angst

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think you’re being stupid!  You want a dress that has a memorable look, that you can look back and smile on.

Could you use the money you’re saving not buying a totally new dress, to get your mom’s dress altered in some way that would make it more flattering on you?

Post # 4
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have you considered shortening mom’s dress to make it a reception dress?

Personally I LOVE your mom’s dress. I think the skirt is a little poofy at the waist area for my tastes, but if you can have it altered it would be great.

Then again, I can totally understand wanting to find a dress that is the flattering silhouette from the start. You can could always buy a dress for the ceremony and make mom’s for the reception? I just LOVE the top of your mom’s dress.

ETA: I’m just personally over the whole strapless dress thing. As a wedding photographer, whenever I photograph a strapless dress I feel like I’m shooting the same dress over and over again. I’ve been loving the lace dresses, and dresses with straps, one shoulders, more details, etc. 


Post # 5
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would definitely check into a seamstress w/your moms dress to see what those options look like. It’s your special day, when else will you be wearing an amazing dress like this? you want to be gorgeous, flattering, stunning, and amazing, and in a dress you love and never want to take off. While its a nice thought to want your future children to like your dress or ‘wow’  at your dress, there is a pretty significant chance that this may not happen, change of times, etc. so I wouldnt necessarily base it on that. I would go with what makes you feel bridal, what makes you feel special, also, w/either of the dresses, you can accessorize w/jewelry or sash and make your hair amazing and add a veil or a flower and that may actually give you the ‘wow’ factor. good luck! 

Post # 7
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

just looked at your other post. Love ur mums dress.. Looks more of a 50’s style to me. 

Post some pics of u in it!

Post # 9
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you take your mom’s dress to a seamstress, you should be able to get a proper fit. Which means it should flatter you unless the cut is just simply all wrong for your body type.

Post # 11
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You totally have to go with what speaks to you.  The last thing you want is any regrets at your own wedding.

It’s my personal opinion that your mom’s dress is super classy and really has stood the test of time… it honestly doesn’t have much of a “dated” look to it and yet it’s unique enough to not look like every other dress that’s popular right now.  The dresses above are pretty, but compared to your mom’s dress, they look so average.  That’s just my opinion, though!

Imagine how you want to feel on your wedding day.  Do you want to feel sexy?  Trendy?  Classic?  Sentimental?  Is it important to you to have that nod to your mom?  Or would you rather branch out on your own and wear something totally different?  Maybe it’ll help to think of this: would you regret it more by not buying a new dress with the lines you want, or would you regret it more if you weren’t wearing your mom’s dress?  Only you can say which emotion speaks to you more, and how much that sentimental value is worth.  =o)  Good luck, and can’t wait to see pics no matter what you choose!

Post # 12
2278 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I love your mothers dress. Check out Allure if you want dresses with character. They have gorgeous lace keyhole back dresses that are stunning. 

Post # 14
4650 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wear your mom’s dress!!! It’s GORGEOUS. Get it altered to fit you perfectly (they can do it I swear) and rock it. It’s so much more awesome than those dresses!!


Post # 15
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Another vote for altering your mother’s dress.  You’ll be amazed at what a really talented seamstress can do and I think it would be so much more meaningful.  

Post # 16
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

With good alterations, I think your mom’s dress will fit you perect! Don’t give up on it!

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