(Closed) First time dress shopping – any advice?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d imagine others will be able to give good advice too, though just to add feedback on my experience…

I think it’s good going in with pics/budget in mind.  I did that and it was really pretty helpful–got some good options out of that.  Maybe more than advice, some things to keep in mind…your mom and Maid/Matron of Honor may have different styles than you…make sure that you have a clear picture of what YOU want, not what your companions like.  That way, you can pick out a dress that really fits your style.

Another thing that’s good to know, that I was told the day before shopping…maybe I should have realized it, but the women who helped me at the stores I went to helped me in the dressing room, meaning being partially unclothed in front of strangers.  I tend to be a bit modest, so I’m glad I had a day to mentally prepare for this. 

Something else to realize…it can be really overwhelming to go dress shopping.  Depending on the type of store you go to, it can influence how overwhelming the searching will be.  I went to two stores–the first the woman pulled 6 dresses…the second they had me pick out whatever I liked (my friends took over that task), and then the woman I worked with picked out styles based on that.  So, deep breaths are good.  πŸ™‚

And I think most important, realize that you may not find the right dress the first time, and that’s TOTALLY okay.  Try and focus on having fun, and getting a sense of what you like.  Don’t worry about finding it right away. 

I hope you have a great time!!!!!! 

Post # 5
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

TRY ON EVERYTHING, even if it looks ugly on the hanger/in the bag…they usually end up being the best gowns! and if it is actually ugly, then at least you’ll get a good laugh out of it! πŸ™‚

and don’t get too stuck with what you think you want, you may try it on and not be loving it, another style may be better. I went in thinking i wanted this simple lace dress, when i was trying them all, i was soo bored! something just wanted right.  Then i tried mine on, and omg it was awesome, the total opposite of what i THOUGHT i wanted.

another thing, don’t get frustrated if samples aren’t fitting the way they should, my gown was a size 10, but when i first started the store i was in only had like sizes 4 and 6, so i got SOO bummed, cause i left feeling like this huge balloon woman who would never find a dress.  So i told my other friends, to start with a dress that will definatly fit you that way you don’t get bummed right away.

and have fun! if it stops being fun, then leave!

hope that helps!!! let us know how it goes!

Post # 6
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I second TRY ON EVERYTHING! WHen i saw my dress on the hanger i was like ew im not going to like that im not sure if i should even try that on. But my good ole mom insisted and i LOVED it.. and bought it!

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

Definitely be open minded about shapes and accents.  I hated my dress on the hanger, but loved it on me πŸ™‚

Post # 9
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

yup! try on everything and maintain your sense of humor πŸ™‚

and have fun!

Post # 10
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I suggest wearing a good strapless bra. And undies that aren’t too revealing because you’ll basically be naked when the consultant helps you get dressed!

I also suggest to try on the ones you’ve had your eye on first because the appointment flies by and you may not even have enough time to try everything on!

Have funnnn! πŸ™‚

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