Post # 1
am I the only one who really doesn’t "get" vera wang or other dresses / fashion?…
I’m just wondering if there’s anyone else out there like me. don’t get me wrong – I have seen some Vera Wang and other high-fashion wedding gowns that are very pretty – but then I’ve seen some that I look at and think, "really? what’s so special about it…" and in fact there’s a few that I’ve seen and it’s like, "really? someone thinks THAT was a good idea?"
But I’m also not a "girly-girl" into fashion – shoes – makeup – anything like that.
I do wear skirts and I have a few sundresses as they are flattering on me, and I like LOOKING girly once in a while – and only when I go out do I wear make up…(definitely don’t wear it to work, and I have a sit-down office job where we have a lot of business/dress days per week when sponsors visit).
But I know, for example, I’ll be purchasing my dress from David’s bridal as (long story why) but my mom has a credit card from there so that’s where I’ll be getting it – and I think the dresses there are just as beautiful if NOT prettier…
I guess i’m just wondering if I’m the only bride out here that doesn’t fawn over high fashion wedding dresses…
same with shoes – i wear a size 11 shoe and DESPISE shoe shopping because it’s close to impossible to find COMFORTABLE shoes that fit – so i’ve never cared about shoes either…
just curious. 🙂 not that anyone who loves and can appreciate high fashion is bad by any means – I guess I just don’t get it.
Post # 3
Yes! You’re the only one. 😉 Kidding! I have grown into my love of high fashion, but I wasn’t always like that. I don’t fault people who aren’t and I know that there are people who are too into it. You can think I’m crazy for loving Vera, because I think it’s crazy that you think DB’s dresses are prettier than hers. LOL That’s what makes WB so great!
Post # 4
I’m not a huge fan of high fashion dresses either. Mainly because of the prices. Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty, but I’m just too stingy to allow myself to fawn over them.
Post # 5
I love looking at high fashion mags (not just for wedding dresses but in general) beause I love the models(who are never "pretty’ mostly quirky looking) , the make up, accessories…I have to look at boring regular people all day (myself included) and fashion is just a little escape from the Target business attire everyone wears here. Plus, there is a difference in fabrics, beading, ect..on the clothes. If you don’t care about those things you probably wouldn’t notice though. No one is right or wrong like you said-it’s just a matter of what you are interested in.
Post # 6
I feel just a b/c it falls under the category of being called "couture" or "high fashion"… it doesn’t mean it looks good. I think some of it is complete crap, but some of it is drop dead gorgeous… to each his/her own. We all have our own tastes and opinions which is what makes us unique individuals. So, its perfectly fine to "not get it"… maybe its just not your style and thats okay!
Maybe its so expensive b/c most people would never actually wear the stuff they make… lol…
Post # 7
A lot of those dresses just look ridiculous to me…or like underwear. The one commercially made dress I fell in love with was from Jasmine Bridal although that won’t be what I go with. We’re having a medieval/rennaissance wedding and I’m making my dress. I’ve gotten a lot of odd looks and comments when people find out I’m making my gown and I have to explain that I *am* a seamstress specializing in period/recreation clothing especially corsetry and anything to do with silk. I designed and made my baby sister’s gown for her wedding last November in all silk (including lining) and freshwater pearl bead embroidery…for about $200 in materials including a lot of left over silk for me to play with. My own dress will be a late Tudor (not the TV series) style that I will be able to wear to SCA events with a few minor tweaks so no disappearing into storage in a box for several decades.
Post # 8
No, you’re definitely not alone. I love fashion, Project Runway, NY Fashion week, etc, but I definitely don’t "get" it. One thing I’ve learned from watching shows and reading blogs is that high fashion is meant to be really showy. It isn’t meant to be worn every day, but it’s meant to influence everyday looks. So say there is a wedding dress with lots of ruffles and flowers and craziness, well a more mainstream designer will look at that dress and modify it for the "regular" buyer. Does that make sense? It’s very strange and I have a hard time seeing the "pretty" in high fashion, but I guess there is a method to their madness.
Post # 9
I also think there is a difference between high fashion and expensive wedding gowns. Couture fashion I don’t get a lot of it, but I appreciate the detail and quality of it. Now, expensive wedding gowns I get and love as I’ve said. I don’t consider Vera Wang to be "high fashion" really. I guess her regular line might be, but not really. When I think "high fashion" I think couture quality deisgners…Balmain, Lanvin, ODLR, Balenciaga, J Mendel, Gucci, etc.
Post # 10
Even though I worked as a model for two years, I do not "get" the draw of the couture dresses. I enjoy looking through the bridal mags & watching runway shows, but I could not justify spending that kinda of money on a wedding dress. I fell for an Alvina Valenta dress I saw in a magazine & for an Ines di Santo I tried on in a bridal salon, but those dresses practically cost more than my wedding! I always thought DB was the Walmart of wedding dress shops, but I found an amazing gown there. It was perfect for me & looks much more expensive than it actually was. Plus I didn’t have to deal with those horrible clips on a sample size; DB carried my size in store.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
I’m not girly either, nor do i now or "EVER" see myself as a BRIDE or princess. I never have. Many people say I "deserve" to feel like a bride… but uh… I just don’t. I’m a ton of other things but a bridey-bride just ain’t one of them. Maybe that’s why I’m having so many issues with my dress search. I’m happy now, but it’s been a long road to get there.
And shoes – I’m a ten. Don’t you just hate it when you find a really cute little shoe, and when the salesperson brings it out in your size it looks like a giant ugly clodhopper?!
Post # 12
I must say, making your own dress – that’s AWESOME!!!!! When I was in high school and for a year of college (majored in it for a year) I was in theatre and so I knew a few seamstresses and I also knew a few people who were into the medieval thing and soem of the costumes I’ve seen hand made are incredible! I will def. admit that i’ve a very classic/traditional sort of girl when it comes to my wedding – but I have always thought it’d be fun to do a "theme" wedding like that.
Best of luck to you!!!
Post # 13
don’t even get me STARTED on shoe shopping!!! lol.
that’s one thing i do actually wish i could be in to – but i just can’t – it’s close to impossible…i’ve even gone to higher end shoe stores to try and find the cute/fashionable shoes and it’s seriously painful and frustrating – so I pretty much refuse to shoe shop anymore (however I’ve found a few good online stores, but i prefer trying them on first)
I actually had one saleseperson follow me around their shoe department, scanning all shoes with their machine only to keep telling me, "sorry that doesn’t come in your size"… 🙁
Post # 14
Interesting post…and responses! I guess I’m of the opinion that runway fashion can be kind of fun to look at. In a way it’s a lot more like art in a museum. You probably wouldn’t hang it in your house, but it can challenge your aesthetic sensibilities by pushing the boundaries. And I do think much of it is not meant to be worn, but rather to influence other lines as EAQ219 says.
But I do get the appeal of some of the higher end commercial lines (like VW or OdR etc). I’m really, really picky about fit, and generally (not always) I think that the extra expense is driven by the fact that the top designers know how to cut dresses to be flattering. Also, from a manufacturing standpoint it can cost more to construct a better fitting gown. I also think that the more expensive fabrics they use drape better. For example, the difference between a t-shirt from say Banana Republic and Old Navy (both owned by the same company) is that the BR one might have an extra seam or dart, or be cut with a waist to make it more flattering. It might also have softer material. Both of those things cost extra in manufactring, so you end up with a $40 tshirt from BR and a $10 one from ON. There’s obviously some differential mark up as well, but it’s not all just hype.
One thing I do feel, though, is that a lot of the really elaborate fancy gowns end up wearing the bride than the other way around. I do think there are people who can pull them off, but not everyone. And I think the hype surrounding "the dress" that’s propagated by the WIC (wedding industrial complex…hehe, I read that recently and it cracked me up) makes brides feel compelled to show of a dress instead of finding a dress that shows them off.
Post # 15
I swear you must be my long lost twin!
I have huge feet too, and I hate shoe shopping. Nothing ever fits! As for my dress- it was on sale, half off, and I couldn’t tell you who designed it. I could care less about labels and all that. It’s just a label! Get what makes you happy! 🙂
Post # 16
The only thing I hate is when Amsale or Vera wang make something like this and charge THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars when you can get something this simple elsewhere for a couple hundred.