Post # 1
How did you get started picking out dresses?
Or in other words…
Did you like the same styles in person that you liked online?
Every time I see a picture of a flowing sheath cut, especially in chiffon, my jaw drops. But I don’t know whether to restrict my options when I go dress shopping this week – if not for that, I don’t really know where to start!
Edited to add: I’m an hourglass figure (37″, 26″, 38″) with a waist that looks really tiny if it’s hugged right. I do know that I really want to emphasize that waist. And my wedding isn’t going to be a big princess-y show – just a simple, romantic celebration. Are those guidelines enough to help me find a dress?
Post # 3
@gangqinjia: I looked at tons of pictures, and had an idea of what I liked…and then I just tried on a bunch of dresses. If you love one certain kind of dress, that’s great, but I would try to see the beauty in some other styles just in case the one doesn’t look the best on you.
Post # 4
By trying dresses on.
What I started out liking based on pictures was not what I ended up with for a dress. I thought I wanted a dress with color or a flowy chiffon. The dresses with color ended up not being the look I wanted and because of my size chiffon wasn’t my friend.
I think it’s best to start dress shopping with ideas of what you like, but to also keep an open mind and try on dresses that the consultant pulls for you–because ya just never know. 🙂
Post # 5
I am a petite girl (5’3″ 115lbs) so I wanted to show off my figure. I didn’t want to look like a princess on my wedding day, I wanted to look like a sexy woman! So, I went with mermaid, trumpet styles. (Maggie Sottero Divina)
Post # 6
I knew I wanted my dress to fit and flare. I knew I didn’t want lace and nothing poofy…lol. I ended up finding exactly what I wanted.
Post # 7
If you haven’t tried on any dresses I’d at least try a few different silhouettes before deciding what exact style you want. I loved the look of drop-waist gowns in pictures, but they don’t flatter my figure at all!
Post # 8
@Westwood: You’re probably right! Maybe I should try on at least one dress in every major silhouette category and go from there?
Post # 9
@gangqinjia: Yes, I think tryiing on one dress in each silhouette is the way to go… the kind I initially just loooooved in pictores looked horrible on me. But I found that out my first time trying dresses, found the shape I did like, and then felt like my browsing was much more productive from then on.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The ONLY way to know is by trying them on. What you think you like or what you like in normal semi-formal or formal wear will not be the same in bridal. Try on a few dresses in each silhouete and different fabric types and then you will start to understand what flatters you and what details you like. If you read through a lot pof previous posts about dress shopping, you’ll see that the norm is for people to buy dresses that are nothing like they originally thought they wanted.
ETA: try many dresses in eahc silhouette, not just one, because the fabric types and the amount of structure can make a huge difference. I looked terrible in fitted dresses without a lot of boning, but one of my good friends was the exact opposite.
Post # 11
i have let a lot of things influence my choices, original me and fi were to marry this winter, and the dress i had my heart set on fitted in with everything we loved for the wedding we were planning.
now the wedding has been moved to may and i have more freedom with length and material due to the warmer weather. my dress will be nothing like i planned previously.
i actually fell in love with a coloured dress and thought wow that will make a lovely bm dress, it is 50’s style and i do love 50’s dresses so i set upon matching my wedding to the 50’s dresses i had found.
Post # 12
I posted a thread a few days ago about if your “it” dress turned out the same as you envisioned. Surprisingly, a good portion said no. I say for your shopping trip, have a couple of dresses or styles that you want to try on, but also ask the consultant to bring you dresses that they think would fit you and your wedding. If my consultant didn’t bring my dress to have me try it on, I would have NEVER chosen it based on model pics or on the hanger.
Post # 13
Definitely try on everything, and be open. Let your consultant pull dresses for you because she knows a lot more than you. And don’t let model pics turn you off – I agree with Pps, some model pics are just atrocious!
Post # 14
@Bazingau: I’ll have to find that, thank you! I looked for a thread on this topic but must have missed yours. 🙂