(Closed) Just Curious – a used gown by original designer or new knockoff

posted 10 years ago in Dress
  • poll: So you fall in love with a gown you cannot afford

    Look for it used

    Find a knockoff version new

    Find a knockoff version used (hey why spend more than you have to)

    other (like reverse mortgage the house to get the original) - explanation below

  • Post # 3
    726 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    With a knockoff you run the risk of the fabric not being what you had in mind. I’ve been hunting on preownedweddingdresses and other such sites, so I guess that explains what I’d do. But my vote goes to reverse mortgage the house, because that’s just a fun thing to vote for!

    Post # 4
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Wait for a sample sale and then pounce—I bought a Christos gown for a fraction of the original price. Just need to clean it and get it altered 🙂

    Post # 5
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I bought a knock-off and was really happy with my experience.  However, I’ve been on the Bee for a little while and I’ve noticed the people who are dissatisfied with their knock-off dresses are typically not happy with them for the following reasons:

    a)  The detailing is never as nice.  Instead of things being embroidered, it’ll usually be an applique.

    b)  Lace.  Lace is pricey and the lace that comes on the knock-off dresses isn’t the highest quality.

    c)  They’ve already looked at or tried on the original… and the knock-off just isn’t the same.

    Post # 6
    4883 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Very seldom do knock offs pass completely as the inspiration, so if I was obsessed with a couture gown I’d buy it pre-owned or on sample sale long before I’d go knock off.

    That being said, I’m not obsessed with designers, so I wouldn’t have a problem going knock off from the beginning 😉  I ended up buying a brand new dress that was a fraction of my budget, and I’m happy as a clam.

    Post # 7
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think a well made dress will survive more than one wearing.  A used, high quality gown would probably be more attractive to me than a knock off.

    Sometimes the speed with which those replica shops turn dresses around makes me nervous!

    Post # 8
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My ceremony dress was a Badgley Mischka sample dress while my reception dress was China made.   Since I’ve a perfectionist, I’m glad I purchased a sample dress because I wanted a silk dress and the details.  I love my reception dress and will alter it some so I can wear it again.

    I say go the Sample route and if you can’t go that route, have it made.  My reception gown is gorgeous but I’m thankful I have an Awesome Seamtress who was able to take care of the sewing mishaps.  Just the lack of QC.

    Post # 9
    3135 posts
    Sugar bee

    Original used. Hands down.  For the simple reason that the bs and stress of ordering a knockoff isn’t worth the money i would potentially save and then it might turn out that the product is unusable therefore you’ve thrown your money down the drain anyways.


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