(Closed) The Logistics of Buying a Used Dress Online

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi! I bought my dress from another bride on the Bee and here is what I would recommend:

-try on similar styles of dresses even if they are not the same. If you go to a local bridal salon and try on the basic silhouettes, you’ll get an idea of what works for you. 

-find a bride that posts her measurements and is very similar to you. I’m 5′, so finding a bride within 2″ or so of my height was very important to me. That way I was confident that it would fit and wouldn’t look totally different on me. 

-definitely ask about a return policy. 

-if you’re like me and want to play it safe, buy a dress from a designer that is reputable. My dress is a Christos, for instance, so I knew what I’d be getting. A local designer might be great, but it’s more of a shot in the dark. 

-use PayPal or escrow.com so that you’re covered in case of a dishonest seller. 

Post # 5
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Ditto on the measurements thing – normally you wouldn’t be giving out your measurements to strangers on the interwebs, but for this it’s normal and pretty necessary. I sold a dress to a bride with ONE WEEK LEFT til her wedding (talk about pressure, for both of us!) and she and I worked out that it would fit her. She was skinnier than me, but taller, etc and our bust size was similar. It worked and looked SO much better on her. I wonder if she’s on here!  I sold it through ebay. Her mother actually sent me the pictures! The dress fit her perfectly, no alterations. I would have had to get it hemmed.

Post # 6
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I highly recommend it! In my case, I found a dress I loved in a store but I couldn’t afford it. I started looking and found the dress in a few sizes on preownedweddingdresses.com. I tried on more dresses in that style to make sure I knew what size I was and then! I found a dress in California, in my size, the right color… It just so happens I had already booked a flight to a nearby city to see a friend… I put a down payment on and  after a few weeks of deliberating, I agreed to meet the girl to buy the dress in person. I didn’t get to try it on till after I bought it though… I was still scared to death it wouldnt fit. But… it did. I needed NO alterations. I put that baby in a suitcase and headed home!

I had a friend who purchased a dress used online as well and hers fit just fine. She had hers mailed.

Post # 7
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks so much for starting this thread. I’m in the process of looking for dresses online. I know the style I like (the exact dress actually) and my measurements. I’m impatiently waiting for replies.

Also, does anyone know how diligent preownedweddingdresses is about removing sold dresses?

Post # 9
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If I were you and found something I liked I’d try on a dress from the same label just to check their sizing. Some run large up top and small in the hips or vice versa – that way you would know what size would fit you the best.

I agree that asking the sellers measurements would help because numbered sizes can be vastly different. Some people will say “I’m a street size X” and their measurements will be totally different than what you might think is a size X.


Post # 10
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s what I did. I bought my dress from J. Crew and tried a bunch of dresses on to make sure I was consistently a size 4. I ordered my gown for $500 less than retail price in that size, and I LOVE it! 

Post # 11
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

*I got it at Oncewed.com, but it was a J. Crew dress. Sorry! lol

Post # 12
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got my dress from a girl on oncewed.com.  She was about an hour away so I drove over and we met at a hotel and I tried the dress on in th elobby bathroom.  We both figured since it was a nice hotel they would have clean bathrooms and they did.  Over all it wasn’t a bad experience and I got a nice dress.  I think if I couldn’t see/ try on the dress first I wouldn’t have bought it online.  If you can’t try it on then you would just have to talk with the girl and trust their measurements:)

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