Post # 1
I was feeling down about dresses today, so I went to a local salon to try some on. I wish I had not restricted myself to the two salons in my home area earlier because I would have been better off trying a lot more on in person and just buying one from a salon instead of trying to get a deal on the internet. Oh, well. I don’t know if I’d have enough time to actually order a dress in at this point.
First up, a dress that I am not seriously considering, but I had to try it because it just looked like a lot of fun. Allure 8801 if you’re curious. It IS a lot of fun, but not the dress for me. However, I never really liked myself in a dropped waist style before, and I think the cut is really good on this one. —
Next up, the perennial favorite, Allure 8634. Love it, though the sample was too big! Probably wouldn’t be able to order it in time for my wedding, though. It would take 10 weeks with a rush, which would literally be the week of my wedding, no wiggle room at all, and then, they’d have to work like crazy to do alterations in like three days, including hemming the lace. So probably not going to happen. —
And finally, the most realistic possibility, a discontinued sample that they are selling. I really love the bottom, but it did a weird bunching thing at the waist. The alterations woman said it could be fixed, but it makes me nervous. And I don’t love the top. I’d alter it to a sweetheart, but I am not thrilled with the beaded detail at the empire waist. But it’s only $250. And I do love the scalloped hem and vertical lace design. So perhaps it will stay a contender. —
I plan to visit salons and look for samples or anything that can be rushed at this point. I think my used online dress days are over. I need to see it in person at this point. After the overwhelming responses to my debating thread, I decided to sell my dresses and start over. Again.
Post # 3
That first dress looks incredible.
Post # 4
Love 8634 on you! And by your description, it doesn’t sound like the sample is a contender. Keep looking, sending good dress vibes your way 🙂
Post # 5
That first one is just faublous on you. It’ll happen soon enough, and we’re here to help when you need it!
Post # 6
As soon as I saw you I thought, “she looks amazing in that dress”!
I’m sorry you were feeling down about dresses today. I hope your spirits have lifted.
Post # 7
Not sure what size you’d be, but recycled bride has 8634 in size 4, used and altered.. But if you’re in LOVE, it might be worth checking!
Also, not sure where you are located, but if you were to try calling stores in LA, San Francisco, NYC you might be able to find a smaller sample size of 8634. When I tried on dresses back home in MN, standard sample was a 12 usually… Here, it was an 8, sometimes even smaller! (I think due to large asian population, but I could be wrong.)
Post # 8
I am touched that despite seeing those pictures, you think I could actually fit into a 4! The sample 8634 is a 12, and a 10 would probably be perfect. The first one is a 10.
You’re probably right. I do really love the bottom, though; it’s a shame about the top.
They have. I should have done this sooner. But I did try stuff on and nothing really clicked at the other salons. Maybe I was just stuck in a dress rut at those places.
I think I am talking myself out of how much I love the first one. The top and the bottom are both amazing; it’s just a lot of dress all at once. And I think I’d look back later and wonder what I was thinking and it would be very trendy/dated.
I do love the 8634. I feel like it fits the way I wish my JH8663 would have. I saw a few on OnceWed in my size that I messaged, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open. I am going to try some other salons, too, to see if anyone else has samples for sale. I am itching to try on some more dropped waist styles!
Post # 9
I love #3. I see what you mean about the weird bunching. But it looks like it’s an alteration away from awesomeness.
Post # 10
I tried on your first dress as well, and boy is it sparkly. I loved the fun contrast between the flowery ruffled like bottom and the simply beaded top (as in, there’s no real design there save a few hidden flowers, but even they’re hard to see amongst all the sparkle)… I kept it on a good long while but then realized that that dress was a little overwhelming because i’m really small. but i think it looks really fantastic on you! Keep searching, you’ll find the dress!
Post # 11
ohhh i love the second one on you…. even if it is a bit large… i hope you can find a pre-loved one 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks. I am going to keep it in the back of my mind if I don’t find anything else.
I know! I looked it up online, and the stock pics do not do it justice. It is fun in person, and I just wanted to swish and spin in it!
Thanks! I’m going to try!
Post # 14
$250?!? Amazing for that kind of detail! You look beautiful in it!
I’m positive I’ve seen that bunching happen on other dresses and it’s about the dress not being fitted just yet. I bet the weight of all that skirt is pullling the outer layer down while underneath part is trying to stay stiff.
How much can it cost to add the sweatheart, I wonder.
Post # 15
I’m curious about dress #2. Are you really getting married August 22? 10 weeks from today is June 10 which still leaves you 2 1/2 months to get alterations done.
Post # 16
@Jeannine @ Small Chic:
Yeah, I think my torso is too short for it. If I try to stretch out it goes away! Total alterations package including hem, smoothing the crease, and sweetheart — $150.
Sorry. I’ve mentioned before that my actual wedding is July 2. That’s a dummy date so if someone I know is skimming the site, they would have to really dig through posts to confirm the day and it’s not right there in my profile. I guess I would have a little time, but I’ve always seen that “anything within 2 weeks” is considered ‘on-time’ and I don’t want to be the one at the end of the 2 week window.