(Closed) My dress is too short! What should I do?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1449 posts
Bumble bee

I dont know about what your rights are, but I am 5’7 and many of the dresses I tried on were dragging on the floor at least and inch or two.  You should be able to find something that is a little long so if you wear small heels it wont be too short.  Id make them pay for cleaning of the off the rack dress though.  Call again until you speak to the manager! 

Post # 4
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

they should let you exchange it for another dress.  it’s not your fault that the dress was made too short, nor is it their fault.  but they should accomodate you!  at least throw something in for you.  i woud hate for you not be abe to take your pictures before your wedding like you already have planned…

Post # 5
288 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know what you should do but I had the same problem. My dress is too short to wear with heels because I am “so tall”.  I’m only 5’8″! I’m sure there have been taller brides than me before, what about all the 6′ models that wear the gowns down the runway! In my case, I just have to suck it up and wear flats, no one thinks it’s weird that the dress is short for a 5’8″ bride. good luck!

Post # 6
1174 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My dress was a smidge too short in the front (oddly, the back and sides were fine) so my seamstress cut out a wad of tulle from the petticoat in the front to make the front hang lower. It worked like a charm! Although it was pretty terrifying to see her whacking away under me with the scissors and bits of tulle flying out! In the end it looked perfect. If you have a big petticoat underneath this might work for you too.

Post # 7
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m so sorry to hear about your dress dilemma (being 5’1, I have never experienced anything being too short on me unfortunately). You have every right to be able to return the dress or exchange it. You can also contact the BBB if you have additional problems with them (or at least threaten it if you think it is necessary and hopefully they will give in).

Good luck!!! Let us know what happens!

Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had the same exactt problem where mine was too short and I told them I was NOT taking the dress that way! After going in there and basically crying because I thought I was going to have to deal with it they ordered me another one.  It is possible I just think the dress store loses out on some money so it may take a little while to talk them into it.  But you just have to lay down the law and tell then you are not taking the dress that is too short because it was not your fault. 

Post # 9
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

oh my… i have no advice but now i am a little concerned… i am going to try on dresses for the first time on sunday and i am 5′ 10″ !!!

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

That’s awful!

Instead of dropping it, you could have a ruffle put it with the same fabric as the dress at the bottom.

The general rule of thumb for most designers is that if you will be over 5 foot, 8 inches with shoes that you will need to order extra length for the dress.

Post # 11
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m 5’7″ too and all of the sample dresses were too long for me – when I was wearing 3 1/2″ heels. If you want to buy something off the rack, you should be fine. What’s up with your dress? Do you want a different one, length notwithstanding?

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