(Closed) Maggie Sottero dresses

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve been wondering this myself; then again, I don’t particularly like white wedding dresses in general (no offense to all the gorgeous brides on the Bee!).

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I honestly don’t understand it either.  There are soooo many amazing designers out there.  But like you, I am curious as to what it is about her dresses that has made them so popular.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When I was new to this board, I asked the same question, I had never heard of Maggie before! 🙂

First, I think you hear about Maggie more than other designers because of the sheer number of dresses she sells — someone told me that she is the top selling designer in the US. She has hundreds of styles from simple sheaths to big ballgowns in a wider size range than many other designers.  The price point is about 600-1500 — there are 3 lines to accommodate every price point.  Many of us on the bee love other designers like Priscilla of Boston or Monique Lhullier, for example, we’re just not lucky enough to be able to afford them 🙂

I personally like Maggie dresses over other brands primarily because of the (1) the price; and (2) the fit.  I’m not a typical size so fit was a huge factor.

Maggies often have an amazing built in corset, so even a dress that is 4 sizes too big can still look great on and can give you a great idea of what your own dress will look like.  The corset sucks you in beautifully and gets rid of any tummy you might have, helps to show off your figure, and allows for flexibility with fluctuations in size (thereby lowering the chances that you’ll need to alter the sides).  This was also a factor for me, because I don’t have a huge dress budget and didn’t want to spend more than $100 on alterations, and that basically only covers the hemming where I live.  For this reason, I knew I wanted a corset back.

I find that Allure and Casablanca dresses are also beautiful with a great fit and certainly reasonably priced. I haven’t tried any other “under-$1000” designers except for David’s Bridal, and I don’t think the DB fit or slimming factor comes close to Maggie (note: I’m not knocking DB, I also have a DB reception dress).  It seems that Mori Lee dresses are also priced in the same range (under 1000) and look great.

*** Note: my sister told me that she originally wanted a Maggie but couldn’t find many boutiques selling Maggies because a number of bridal stores in her area stopped selling Maggie dresses a couple of years ago, apparently due to a drop in quality.  I understand that the dresses are made in China (at least most of them).  So this may be something you want to take into consideration.  Personally, I don’t see any quality deficiencies, but I am by no means the bridal dress expert.

Good luck shopping!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tried one on just because it would need the least amount of altering due to the corset back.  you can loose or gain weight and not need the dress altered.

I didn’t buy one because I hated how heavy all of the wedding gowns were.  I’m more of a destination or white prom gown  girl.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

good to know

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

They come in all shades, not just white.

I think they are very popular because there is a huge variety of styles- shapes, details, colors, designs- that many brides find the “one”. Some are light and airy (for summer/destination) and they go all the way up to heavy beaded ballgowns.

They are also at a wide range in price points from 500-2,000+ so of course there is a difference in materials used, beading/lace, etc.

Not all Maggie dresses have corsets, but many brides seem to like they way they fit.

Stores that carry Maggie dresses (depending on their sales relationship with Maggie) have the opportunity to purchase 5 “couture” dresses from Maggie that aren’t commercially advertised. They make 5 per year and the stores don’t see them until they arrive so it’s a gamble. My local store took the plunge this year and did buy several of them and they are GORGEOUS. I’m very seriously considering buying one of them. The hand beading is amazing.

Although Maggie’s website has a ton of pictures, I’ve found they don’t do the dresses justice at all. I tried on a couple of the dresses and had trouble finding them on the website just because they look so different in person.

 

Just my personal experience thus far with Maggie 🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am a Maggie Bride and I have actually been asked this question before.  I did not only try on Maggie dresses, I tried on a wide variety of all types of dresses and I chose a Maggie because of how I felt when I was in it.  It wasn’t just “MY DRESS” that made me feel that way.  Ever single Maggie that I put on felt like it was made for my body and that it worked with my curves (and let me tell you, I am definately a curvy girl) Every time I put on a Maggie, I felt like there was such great quality and I just never felt the same in another designer which is how I knew I was a Maggie Bride. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it has to due with the large amount of styles and the price.   They are nice pretty dresses (something for everyone) that are a good price.  In my opinion, DB dresses are around $750 on average (maybe less if you factor in the $99 sale) and the MS dresses are just over $1000.  For that bit extra you get a lot more selection and a bit better quality.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I ended up with a Sottero & Midgley dress.  I went into the bridal store with NO idea what designer I wanted.  I just knew the approximate price point and the style I wanted.  The Sottero & Midgley dress just ended up being what fit my needs!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i like the look of maggie dresses but dont plan to buy one.. i see alot of bling and silky satin used in maggie dresses and i dont like that.. but i still do love browsing through their collection..

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with alot of the other Bees that her sheer volume of dresses and her signature corset back fit adds to her legacy. When a friend introduced me to Maggie, I was obsessed! I checked her website everyday to see new Maggie brides, and hunted down dresses hours away from me. However, the dresses really are different in real life. The ones I drooled over were a bit disappointing in real life, and the ones I wrote off online were excellent.

However, I ended up going with a lesser known designer. I felt skinny and gorgeous in alot of Maggie dresses but none of them were “the one”. I think it was because of a personal hang up that I felt like a “McBride” that was mass produced (though I know ALL dresses are mass produced to some degree). I still stalk the Maggie brides section on her website, and I recommend her to all my friends. She just didn’t end up being “me”.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it’s the corset top. I wore a Maggie to my first wedding 10 years ago. This time around I wasn’t too impressed with their quality (guess I got pickier with age) but still loved the fit. The cinched-in waist is a flattering look for most body types. I wish my dresses had a corset tops to allow for the difference between 25-inch waist and my 34D bust. Even after alterations they weren’t too snug on my waist and my reception dress was totally crushing my boobs.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I never heard of Maggie dresses and tried on random brands at my dress shopping.  I walked out with a Maggie.  It was $1300 and for the price (lots of lace and beading) I thought it was a great by.  Plus the corset top is amazing.  It makes you look so skinny and the alterations were minimal because of it. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wanted poofy organza and a beaded bodice that hugged to the hip before it flared out. Maggie (and Allure) seemed to have the best selection and at a good price. You can’t deny the power of the corset!

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