I didn’t go in during a trunk show, so I am not sure of how different of an experience it is, but here are my tips . . .
Print out a list or pictures of your favorite dresses. I brought in 2 pictures of my all-time favorite dresses that I found online. Those 2 pictures helped my consultant find me the dress that I loved.
Keep an open mind. I tried on any and all dresses I was given, and it definitely helped me narrow my vision. I ended up buying a dress that was very different than what I went in wanting. If I had gone in with a closed mind, I don’t know if I would have found “the one”!
Don’t bring too many opinions with you! The more people, the more opinions, the more influence you have on your decision. I brought 3 women – my mom, aunt and best friend, none of whom are overbearing or too outspoken. I was so happy to have people who gave me genuine input but never questioned or doubted my vision and what I liked. They never tried to sway me to go with the dress that they all loved and I hated.
Try not to go in hungry, tired and stay hydrated! Dress shopping can make you hungry, tired and thirsty. Try to avoid it 🙂
I know since it’s a trunk show, your decision process might be rushed. But, if possible, sleep on it! I have heard a lot of brides regret their decision or second guess it. The piece of advice I heard from most brides was, if I found my dress, to not purchase it. I walked away from it and stayed away for a week. During that week, I looked at pictures of myself in my dress at least twice a day. I had already known it was the dress for me in that moment of trying it on, but that week time of thinking about it proved that it was definitely the dress for me.
As for what to wear . . . my store provided a a strapless bra and shoes, so if you don’t have them yet, don’t stress. I’d recommend decent underwear, especially if you might try on form fitting or slinky dresses. You don’t want to notice your panties digging into your sides while you’re trying to decide whether or not you love your dress. I threw on any old pair and got to hear my Maid/Matron of Honor ask me whether I had done laundry lately!
Ok, sorry for the novel . . . good luck and HAVE FUN!!!! Oh, and treat yourself to a drink and sweets afterwards. After dress shopping, every girl needs a reward!