Post # 46
I think putting a sweetheart neckline in and losing the sash will modernize this. It doesn’t seem like you need to lose any weight but some tailoring would also make it fit a bit better. For free, I would probably keep this.
Post # 47
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I had a similar dress. 🙂 I agree about losing the sash and perhaps having it tailored a little closer to your body.
Post # 48
Are you fashion forward in real life? I would guess not. So why bother buying a new, “fashionable, in-season” dress when you could save thousands and do something better with your money?
You love it and didn’t think it wasn’t good enough for you. You would’ve worn it to your wedding if it’s happening tomorrow.
Post # 49
I think it looks great on you personally
Post # 50
Also my lace wedding dress from earlier this year will probably look dated in ten years so who cares about that
Post # 51
If they could take out the ruffles and get rid of the sash I think this dress could be simply killer.
Post # 53
I agree with PPs, I’d remove the sash. I think it would be difficult to alter the neckline since there’s beading there, but you could always add some sort of sleeve (cap sleeves might be pretty) for some extra flare. And I’m not sure if it’s just the pics, or if it needs to be cleaned/ironed, or if it’s currently bustled, but the ruffles on the skirt look a bit odd or messy or something…so I would look into altering that a bit, too. It’s a gorgeous dress, especially for free. Even if you spent a couple hundred to alter/update it, it’d still be a steal 🙂
Edit: Ohh my goodness…so I googled this and found some photos of how it should look with a crinoline and all:
I take back what I said about the ruffles, I think this looks stunning! Ruffles are still (or are coming back) in style, and I think this dress does it beautifully. I’m in love with the train. I stand by removing the sash and maybe replacing it with a beaded belt, but otherwise I’m stunned.
Post # 54
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
I think this dress is really pretty! Who cares about dated; in 10 years it’ll be dated, regardless of what you wore. If you like it, go for it! I agree with the general consensus about trading the sash for a sparkly belt. I also like the idea of adding a sweetheart neckline! Alterations can be tricky but I dont think the dress is THAT big that you won’t be able to have it altered, even if you do lose a little more weight. You can ask for recommendations for good quality & inexpensive seamstressses on your local buy & sell pages!
Post # 55
What about making it into a skirt and finding a a pretty top/boduit to go with it?
Post # 56
Firstly, you look lovely in the dress. Amazing figure! I think it looks great with your colouring.
Secondly, if you like the belt and it’s champagne colour then go with it. IF you want to update it by swapping it out then that could be easily done either for a belt in the same shade as the dress or a sparkly one. (Just ignore the PP that called it ” hideous”. It is just a champagne belt.)
It is a fun time to try on dresses and see what you like. If you find that after your’ve tried on a few gowns that you are happy with what you have then that’s marvelous. You will be a beautiful bride.
Post # 57
I super love it and I think you should wear it if you love it. Alter it if you want to , but only if it’ll make you love it more. But I’m not a “trendy” person either. I doubt people will be thinking, “Oh that’s so 2010” and if they are, who cares?
Post # 58
I’m reading all your comments, thank you! No I am definitely not fashion forward in real life, and I don’t think anyone attending my wedding will be thinking anything close to “oh that dress is so 2010.” I don’t run with a crowd like that at all so I’m not worried about that. I mostly just want a flattering dress that makes me feel like a princess.
I’m definitely still going to do the dress shopping experience after I get engaged, but I’m so glad to have this dress on the back burner. I’ll take it to a local seamstress and see what she recommends and what it would cost, but only after I’ve looked at oethr dresses and have an idea of what I really like.
The other thing I need to consider is the venue of my wedding. We’re thinking about doing a DIY low key wedding in a park, so something really princess-y with the ruffles and satin and all that might look out of place. I’m going to keep that in mind when I really start my dress search.