(Closed) question about dress shopping

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5072 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

don’t be nervous!

wear a regular bra and tuck in the straps when trying the dresses on.

Post # 4
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I only went to two shops (David’s Bridal and a little shop here in Phoenix) and they both had bras to wear when you tried stuff on. Long-line bras. The one at David’s Bridal was awful for me. But the one at the other shop was awesome. I didn’t even think of the bra thing either time I went out! It totally didn’t even register as something I should plan for.

Post # 5
13385 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wore a regular bra and tucked the straps in.  I flat out forgot to bring a strapless, and it wasn’t a big deal.

Post # 6
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just relax and have fun 🙂 If you plan to try on sheaths or mermaids, maybe consider not wearing hot pink underwear. (it made it a little tough for me on a few gowns, lol!)

Post # 7
6122 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Put on extra deoderant!  I don’t know about you, but those shops were hot and I get sweaty.


I borrowed a longline bra. 


Wear decent undies!  Ones you don’t mind being seen in.


Shave everything properly too.

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I brought a bustier but ended up taking it off for the first dress I tried on and not putting it back on for any of the rest. Depending on how endowed you are (I’m a B or C cup) you may not need to wear a bra at all with your dress. (My hairdresser just got married, and in several of the wedding pictures and portraits, her bra is very clearly visible. I would be horrified if that was me, so happy I don’t need a bra)

Wear underwear you don’t mind someone seeing. (I wore boycut panties)

I suggest wearing pantyhose because I found it easier to slide in and out of the dresses and I don’t like walking around in my bare feet. (Most salons require you to remove your shoes)

Skip on makeup that day. even if they’re just sample dresses, no need to risk getting makeup on them.

I also brought 1 pair of red heels, which came in handy when I tried on a lovely tea length dress. Of course, i asked the consultant if I could put them on first.

Post # 9
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Every shop I went to provided a long-line bra, and half of them provided a slip. They also have shoes, jewelry, etc.

I’d just make sure to do whatever you need to do to feel good about yourself (hair and makeup and such), because it’s hard to judge a formal dress if you feel/look like you just rolled out of bed. 

Post # 10
4102 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I took a pair of Spanx with me as well. Helped to hold things in and worked like the pantyhose for makign it easier to slide into things that we a smidge tight.

Post # 12
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i’m like you don’t own strapless that fits(hate them and the ones i have are the wrong size bc i lost weight). actually i’m getting cups sewn into my dress ($14) which is crazy cheaper than what i spent on my old strapless. if the dress has enough structure you may not need a bra

Post # 13
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree with having full makeup on and having your hair look nice.  The more “done” you are, the easier it is to see yourself as a bride in a dress.  I also wouldn’t worry much about getting makeup smears on the samples as I stepped into every one of the dresses i tried on so it’s doubtful you will get many of them dirty.  Don’t forget to take along some pictures with you of examples of styles that you like, and enjoy yourself!!!!!

Although you’re nervous, take your time with each dress and do not feel rushed to make a decision.    There’s nothing quite like being with loved ones and knowing that you’re going to purchase a dress that will start off your new life with your SO! Have fun!!!!!! Laughing

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