(Closed) First Dress Shopping Experience – HELP

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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!

Post # 4
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Make a list of dresses that you think you like.  Remember that they may choose something else for you to try and that is OK.  I ended up getting a dress that the dress consultant picked out for me.

Do not feel pressured to buy just because it is a trunk show.  If you find a dress that you love go ahead and get it… or order it later.  Don’t forget that Maggie dresses take 4 months to come in.

Post # 5
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009


Now, keep in mind that during a trunk show there will probably be discounts offered and that they’ll only be for that weekend. If you have a Saturday appointment, don’t feel like you have to buy then and there.  If there is a dress that you really love, ask if you can come back on Sunday so that you can think about it. If they say no, it’s okay to leave. You can always go back without an appointment and get measured the next day, even if it’s with a different consultant.

Also, depending how tall you are, Maggie’s petite cut may be perfect for you if you are willing to adjust your heel height to match what you need.

Because it’s a trunk show, the consultants are probably being offered an incentive to sell as many Maggies as possible. Don’t be pushed into buying.

Remember, have fun! This will be a time for you to see how things fit and what you like, so relax as much as possible, and enjoy!!!

Post # 6
12 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

LadyGoodman has alot of great advice.  I would just add that when you bring in pictures of your favourites, add notes about what it is about each dress that you like.  Neckline, beading, lace, train, straps etc.  So many of us have found ‘the one’ to be a different style than what we went it looking for, while still containing some of the same elements.  Noting what you like about a dress can  help your consultant guide you to the one. 

I wore a strapless bra when I went, and white boy shorts.  And brought a big bottle of water!

Post # 7
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


I concur with everything everyone else said.  I also wore a nude strapless bra and nude boyshorts.  The consultant will probably be in the room with you when you taken on/off the dresses, so you probably don’t want your bum hanging out of a thong or anything.  Only one of the 8 salons I went to provided me with a strapless bra, so you might want to bring your own.

Also, you might want to bring a clip for your hair, especially if you think you want to wear it up at the wedding.

Try not to be pressured into buying it that day.  I found my tastes changed between the first day I went and when I bought my dress.  It REALLY helped to have pictures of myself in the dresses….there was one dress I loved in the store but hated once I saw the pics.

Good luck!

Post # 8
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with the PPs. I wore boy shorts and a strapless, but I would say Spanx might be a good choice as well.  Also, if you already have your shoes, bring them along.  It’s nice to see how they go with the dress, and it’s good practice to stand in them to see how they feel on your feet!

If you find a dress you really like, walk around in it.  Keep it on for a little while to make sure it’s not too heavy and that you feel comfortable. Take some pictures and have fun!

Post # 9
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If there is any way you can go to a Davids Bridal or something before that appointment, then GO! 


I had a printed out list of all my favorite dresses (and multiple copies for my mom and sister) but the trunk show ended up not having ANY on my list of like 20.  I guess the ones I picked were all new dresses, and they weren’t out yet.  So, if you can see if you can go by the salon and pick up a list of what MS dresses they will have there. 

Also, it gets really confusing, my favorite dress helper said this, treat it like an eye appointment, only compare 2 dresses at a time.  So, compare dress #1 to dress #2, which ever one you like best, is compared to dress #3 and so on.  NEVER LOOK back, once a dress “looses” put it back and forget it.  This really helped me decided between dresses. 

Also, make sure your mom and sister have some pen and paper to write down notes.  Write down the style number, color, and size that you tried the dress on, and take pictures if you can.  I would suggest only taking pictures of the ones you really love and not every single one.  It will only confuse you. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The boy shorts are a must. I wore a thong. Awesome idea. ugh. I ordered a Maggie in September and it isnt scheduled to arrive here in Boston until May. You’ll love her dresses though! good luck!

Post # 11
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yup, boy shorts are a lifesaver! I only wear thongs (sorry if TMI) from old volleyball days of living in spandex… so otherwise, I would have felt bad for the attendant. haha

Post # 12
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think relax, have fun! Def wear a strapless bra.

Don’t eat a big meal beforehand or you’ll feel fat! Hehe.

Have an idea of what you like but definitely keep your mind open. Hopefully you get a great sales consultant.

The dress I’m 90% getting is one that neither my Maid/Matron of Honor or I would’ve pulled off the rack. But the great sales consultant I got did and it did so much for my body!

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