Post # 1
I’ve had the chance to make an interesting trend observation.
I wore a lace and gazaar Oscar de la Renta gown a month ago for my wedding and promptly posted it for sale on preownedweddingdresses. It had very little in common with Kate’s dress other than being lace, slightly retro, designer, and on the simpler side.
The site shows your dress for one week on the “new this week” page and also picks some “dresses we love” to feature on the front page. They picked this one, and I’m sure it helped draw views. Anyway, the dress got more views after the royal wedding than it did when it was new to the site or added to the “dresses with love” page. I got 4 offers for it in one week!
This prompted me to see what else had been selling, and 6 of their 12 most recent sales are lace dresses. It’s not a very significant sample, but compared to the interest in my dress when it first went up and what was selling then, it looks like Kate might have inspired a lot of girls to embrace the lace!
Has Kate inspired you to consider or reconsider wearing lace?
Post # 3
Definitely – I’ve been looking for something with a bit of a sleeve since I’m not comfortable with my arms and hate the idea of them being bare. I love that Kate’s dress had the illusion of arms being covered while not completely hiding them – I imagine it’d be less stuffy to wear something like that during an outdoor summer wedding, too.
I think we’ll be seeing a LOT of lace in dresses inspired by hers, for sure.
Post # 4
My dress looks nothing like Kates. Nothing. It is lace.
I’ve had 3 people tell me how similar my dress is to her’s since. Silly. I have a lace mermaid w/ straps.
Post # 5
My first dress (victim of dress-regret) had a full lace overlay. I’ve been trying to sell it, but no takers yet. But here’s hoping! My new dress is taffeta btw.
Post # 6
I do no like lace dresses. I do not like lace period. I avoid it as much as possible.
Post # 7
I LOVE lace. HOWEVER, it’s not gonna be making a show at my wedding.
I love my dress and I’m not changing my mind for anything!!!! (ok, well, maybe if a Hollywood designer said they’d design a gown and I had my FI’s cousin sketch something…. but other than that, NO WAY! no changies, no take-backs 😉 lol)
Post # 8
I have a strapless dress with no lace. I’ve always admired some of the lace-sleeved dresses, but it was never my thing. I like the short sleeve laced dresses the best. But I wouldn’t dare buy one as my wedding dress. It’s just not me.
Post # 9
I love my dress- its not actually lace- its silk with lace cut outs embroidered on.
Post # 10
An interesting phenomenon, but it would not hold up as research data. There are confounding variables, and you cannot show causality. It is possible that the royal wedding just increased interest in dresses overall, not necessarily lace dresses. You would need to isolate interest in lace dresses over interest in all dresses.Further, lace is such a common element; you’d have to separate all lace dresses, dresses with sleeves, lace applique — especially considering that Kate’s dress had the silk skirt.
So basically I wouldn’t read too much into it, but hopefully it helps you sell your dress!
Post # 11
@Amaryllis: While I still wouldn’t say that any of this is vaguely significant or solid data, my observation was specifically that more lace dresses were selling after the royal wedding than before. They were already a hot trend, but in the very short term, it seems like they got hotter. I was just asking the bees, out of curiosity, to see if they felt swayed at all by her outfit.
FWIW, my dress sold to the first offer. 🙂 3 more offers came in while it was in escrow. It was the sudden swell of interest in my dress that prompted me to look at what else was selling vs. what had sold a month ago.