(Closed) First time trying on dresses

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The 3 best tips I would give are:

Take pictures even if they say you can’t (sneak it somehow).

Try on a variety of what you think you like and what the sales consultant thinks will work best on your body as you know your taste and they know what works.

Don’t buy a dress that you have to make a ton of changes too because it may not come together the way you think

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would say relax and enjoy the process!  A lot of brides (myself included) put a lot of pressure on themselves to feel a certain way when they are dress shopping.  We all have a lot of expectations on what “the one” is going to feel like.  Just enjoy it, don’t rush yourself, take time to think it over and pick a dress that you really love.  I think we tend to make it a bit more complicated than it needs to be. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

1) Go with energy (i.e. a good breakfast & coffee beforehand) it is TIRING

2) Keep an open mind. Try on anything the consultant thinks will look good on you. Step outside the box, you may be surprised

3) Bring a strapless bra. It’s hard to look objectively at a dress when bra straps are hanging out. Also, I wore Spanx, made it much easier to disrobe in front of the consultant (Also helped smooth things out).

4) Come out in EVERY dress and show your group.

5) Have fun! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find “the one”. Take your time and sleep on it. Don’t feel pressured to buy that day. Take pictures and look at them from home.

6) Make sure you are wearing the dress (rather than the dress wearing you) and that you still look like YOU in the dress, don’t try to be someone else.

7) Go looking nice. Wear some make up, have your hair nice.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1. Make sure you eat, and are ready to have a workout. Getting in and out of the dresses is a workout!

2. Take water! The dresses get really hot especially if you’ve had them on for a while.

3. Do your hair and makeup.

3. Wear some nice accessories (earing or necklace) It will give you a more complete look.

4. Tell your consultant what you like and dislike about every dress. They do this a lot! They are really good at finding your style and getting the type of dress you like. k

5. Take pictures, it’s overwhelming and hard to remember what all of the dresses look like, it gives you a chance to see what everyone else sees.

6. stick to your orginal feelings don’t let your entorage sway how you feel about the dress.

7. Have fun!!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

And if you think you found “the one” sleep on it.  It will be there tomorrow.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with everyone else – just let the experience be fun. I honestly didnt expect to find the dress the first day but it was the second dress that I tried on. Just relax and bring supportive and fun people with you!!!1 It will be great!

Have fun!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The shop I went to had me try on a few different shaped dresses first to determine what was best for my body type. So even if you don’t particularly like one dress it’s good to narrow down what styles (A-line, mermaid, ballgown, etc.) you like and what suits. You may be surprised. Then it will make it easier to choose from the dresses you do like.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Everyone offered some really great advice, and just some more thoughts to add. 

1.  If possible, bring people with you who you feel supported by, and get your style and personality.  When I went shopping, the 2nd place had us pick out dresses that I like, from which I guess they picked out style based on theme?  (It was a bit of a strange store, and this may not be the case for you).  I found this to be overwhelming, and luckily my two friends took over the job for me.  But also, it was helpful having people know my style, because they were able to give me feedback on whether the dress really did suit me. 

2.  More of a heads up thing–I hadn’t thought about it, but the consultant is in the dressing room with you while you are partially unclothed.  Granted they see how many people a day, so it’s not a big deal, though I appreciated finding this out in advance (I tend to be modest, so having this heads up allowed me to prepare myself).

3.  Kind of building on what others say, don’t limit yourself to a style.  But also maybe have SOME sense of what you like.  I brought in a bunch of magazine photos, and from there the consultant at the first place was able to get a sense of the style I wanted.  And, I guess also building on that, (or maybe just repeating myself), try things you may have not considered.  I was thinking I couldn’t do strapless, though it was what looked the best.

And as far as it being “the one”–I didn’t feel that like omg this is it moment.  I did stand there for a few minutes, and then was like yeah this feels right.  Sort of a slow acceptance after realizing it had almost all the qualities I was looking for, fit well, and the thing didn’t like could be easily changed.  (I feel like everything so far has just kind of been like, oh yeah this is good okay–no halleujah moments though).  And I definitely agree–sneak a picture if possible.  The dress that I’m going to buy, I didn’t get any pics of.  And I keep asking my friends to remind me that it is worth being the one.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

And yes, definitely have fun!  As much as possible have fun.  ๐Ÿ™‚  And ultimately, it is an important dress, and it is JUST a dress.  And if you feel beautiful in it, then that’s all that matters.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@HVAndrea: Yay… I’m sure you’ll have a blast – I had a ton of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of these have already been said, but here are my tips:

1. Make sure you eat something because those appointments feel surprisingly strenuous/long

2. Do your hair/makeup nicely so you can get a better idea of what you’ll look like later on 

3. Try on a variety of styles, as well as styles you never thought you would like – you might be surprised by what you end up liking

4. If you have a specific budget, DO NOT try on anything beyond that budget because you will most likely just upset yourself

5. Take pictures if possible, it’s overwhelming and hard to remember what all of the dresses look like and it gives you a chance to analyze them after the fact

6. Pay attention to how YOU feel in the dress and not just what others are saying about it

7. Try to take the same group of people with you each time. I took different groups to various appointments and ended up getting an overload of varying opinions for each specific dress. 

8. Have fun and stay positive, you will find THE dress at some point ๐Ÿ™‚

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