POLL: How closely did your dress resemble the style you had in mind before?

posted 1 year ago in Dress
  • poll: How similar was your dress to what you already had in mind when you started shopping?
    Almost identical / very similar! : (33 votes)
    30 %
    Similar style but some different features : (32 votes)
    29 %
    A bit similar but with very different features : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Not very similar : (11 votes)
    10 %
    TOTALLY different! : (29 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 2
    962 posts
    Busy bee

    I envisioned wearing something simple – a sheath dress with spaghetti straps. I ended up falling in love with a strapless lace and beaded fit and flare dress after the bridal consultant suggested I try on different styles. 

    Post # 3
    987 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    most of my friends and family went the complete opposite of what they thought they wanted. which was so much fun to see. i ended up with EXACTLY what i envisioned for myself. i was actually shocked i was able to find a dress that was so close to my dreams. for a second i didnt think it was going to happen. it was the 8th dress i tried on. didnt look special on the hanger at all but when i put it on i knew right away. thats one thing, dont ever turn something away because it looks weird on the hanger. always try it on!

    Post # 4
    849 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

    I wanted a tea-length dress, with short sleeved and either a colourful or sparkly belt. I ended up with a full length dress with a large train, long sleeves, totally different from what I envisioned, and from what everyone expected me to wear. 

    Im a great example of why you should try on lots of different styles of dress. Mine was one I never would have considered, the lady in the shop convinced me to try it, and she was absolutely right 

    Post # 5
    661 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I was convinced I wanted sheath, fall to the floor, barely train, straps, low back and instead I walked out with a tight, mermaid, large train, sweetheart neckline! 

    Post # 6
    906 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    So far in my dress shopping adventures I have liked what I have envisioned, simple sheath dresses. I have been tempted by one all over lace gown but only for a minute. I think I will end up with what I have in mind. Eventually 🙂 

    I am going to follow this thread to see if I stick this, ha! 

    Post # 7
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    I wanted a super fitted deep V. I got an a-line with a sweetheart neckline..

    However, I should mention the runner-up was what I originally wanted but it just did not fit my venue or the season.

    Post # 8
    520 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Price was a big factor for me, so that limited a ton of styles. I tried on a few different types but mostly stuck to what I was picturing. I wish I had spent a little more time enjoying the shopping experience, but mostly I found it awkward and stressful. 

    Post # 9
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    My situation was odd. I’m very petite and short, but nevertheless I imagined myself in a ballgown. I knew I wanted lace with floral or some sort of applique, and ivory. But the second I put the ballgown on I was like “N O P E” and turned straight to fit-and-flare. The dress I ended up getting was identical to what I wanted (still with lace, appliques, and ivory), but only after I turned away the ballgown XD 

    Post # 10
    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2020

    I went in wanting a sheath/fit-n-flare dress, non-strapless (preferably with cap sleeves), sweetheart neckline (perhaps with a lace overlay), and a bold lace pattern. I was ambivalent on the style of back (fabric vs open vs illusion) and the train length.

    I ended up picking a fit-n-flare dress with a bold lace pattern as planned, but instead of cap sleeves it has more like lace straps. The lace is overlaid on a neckline that is like a cross between a sweetheart and a v-neck. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have wanted a neckline so low, but the lace provides extra coverage and is a unique and distinctive pattern, so I was sold.

    I also loved the illusion back and the chapel length train, even though I wasn’t looking for them specifically.

    The runner up did have cap sleeves as I originally wanted, and it was my favorite up until I tried on the dress above, at which point the first dress started seeming too safe and less special to me. 

    Post # 11
    4647 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    sboom :  

    I wanted: boat neck, long sleeves, fitted with a low back. A bit Megan Markle except I bought my dress before her wedding.

    I got: swishy ballgown, low cut, no sleeves. Did have a low back. 

    I didn’t want lace. I didn’t get lace. Basically that and the low back were the only similarity. Oh and it was a shade of white.

    Wanted: BHLDN Bacall. Got: Hayley Paige Decklyn

    Post # 12
    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I ended up with a dress very similar to what I envisioned- A-line, vintage-inspired, lace with cap sleeves- with one exception. All the dresses I pinned had very low backs, but when I tried those one with my spanx it was like muffin top central. My dress had a sheer/lace back with covered buttons and was beautiful 🙂

    Post # 13
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

    sboom :  Mine IS by the designer that I knew I wanted, Stella York, however it is not at all made like I initially thought I wanted it to be. I tried on one like what I pictured myself in (a short, ankle length dress since I’m short) but it actually didn’t work out! You never know until you go try them on I guess.

    Post # 14
    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

    sboom :  I was hell-bent on colored sheath with a closed back with heavy detail (to hide my tattoos) with a sweep train. I’m 40+ and this is my 2nd marriage, so I just didn’t see myself in a poofy dress. Also, I am super busty so i was ADAMANT about not having a strapless dress.

    However, I tried on dozens of dresses, even things I thought I would hate, just to be safe. I didn’t like anything I tried on, until I put on – you guess it – a strapless with a poofy skirt. 

    It’s a peach blush color with a drop waist and a textured skirt. It looks SO much better on me than anything else I tried. I put on every shape wedding gowns come in, and just happened that what looked and felt best in was exactly what i thought I didnt want. 

    Try to be open minded. Let your consultant suggest dresses for you. They often have a good idea of what will look good on a particular body style. Even if you think it isn’t what you envisioned, it never hurts to try, and you might end up being surprised in a good way.  

    Post # 15
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

    kittycatcat :  sounds almost exactly like my story, I was going for a similar type dress as well and ended up with a totally different dress which the stylist convinced me to try on lol

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