Post # 1
So dress shop X was a waste of my time… I have one dress I really like but will not be able to try it on unless I purchase it… it is a NONREFUNDABLE 50% deposit on a $1,500.00 dress… What do I do… I have searched high and low and cannot find anything else I LOVE but am scared that it wont look good or something… I have tried on 3-4 “similar” styles (that all look great) but none of them are the same thing… I’M SO TORN… I really think this dress might be the one but really can’t tell until I try it on. I would say right now I am about 85% sure this is the dress for me… but what if its not??
If I am to order this dress they say I need to order it by the end of July. 5-6 months to come in and 3-4 months for alterations. So obviously I will keep looking until then.
Post # 3
thats strange that they wont let you try on the dress first…they cant even let you try on a sample dress of the one you want?
Post # 4
I’m a 22/24 and the only size they have is an 8…
Post # 5
Have you tried to see if another salon has your dress? I don’t think you need 3-4 months for alterations; most say 2 months and if you can find an independent seamstress they would be able to do it quicker! If you tried on similar styles and loved them, then it might not be such a gamble to get the dress. However, during my shopping experience, I have found some dresses that looked good in the model photo or on the hanger did NOT look good on me 🙁
Personally, I don’t think I could purchase a dress I’ve never tried on but I have heard stories of girls who have and it came out with a happy ending! I would suggest keep looking. You have two more months and may find something you love even more. If at the end of July you still have not found anything, then I would consider getting this dress. If anything, you can always try to sell it if you find you don’t like it in the end. Good luck!
Post # 6
Dont do it! Dresses run so funny, some run really small I would not buy a dress I could not try on!!
Post # 7
I ended up ordering a dress I hadn’t tried on, and it worked perfectly for me! I did try similar styles, and just couldn’t find anything as perfect for me as the THE dress. I just went for it, and I’m soooo glad I did! A little scary, but worth it. 😉 You can see my dress here. http://somethingturquoise.com/2012/03/27/real-wedding-joe-sarah/
Post # 8
I, too, ordered a dress I hadn’t tried on. I had tried on several dresses that were very similar in terms of sillouette, shape & design. I opted for custom sizing, which I think made all the difference. The dress fit perfectly when it arrived. I don’t think I would have had that experience if I had just bought a size. The only alterations I had done after purchasing the dress were having the train removed (too long), shortening the straps around the neck (too long) and having some fabric from the train added to the neckline because it plunged a bit too low in the cleavage. I’m thrilled with my dress!
I would only advise you to order a dress if you can get it in a custom size. That way, you know it’s going to fit your proportions correctly. If it’s an off-the-rack size, you could have an alterations nightmare on your hands.
Good luck with your decision!
Post # 9
I can get it in a custom size! 🙂 Thank you ladies for your tips. The more I think about it the more I think I am going to do it. We’ll see tho as there is still time. And I am still going to keep looking in the meantime. 🙂