(Closed) Tried on over 20 dresses..still haven’t found the one..please help

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What is it about the Maggie Sottero dress that you feel is not you?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Can you go to a dress store that carries little-known lines of dresses? I  wound up with a Peter Langner dress and had never, ever heard of him before – even with all the dress searching online. There a sample dress store called Glamour Closet in San Francisco and Los Angeles that sells samples of a huge variety of dresses. That might be a good bet for finding something unique. I’m sure that model of business exists elsewhere too. 

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Have you tried on dresses that other people have recommended, even if you weren’t crazy about them on the hangers?  I know it may sound crazy, but if you’re trying on umpteen dresses and not finding one that you really, really like, you may be barking up the wrong tree.  Maybe try on a few that are different from what you think you want.  If nothing else, it will give you perspective on what you do!  My dress was one brought up by a random consultant at the bridal shop.  I wouldn’t have chosen it from the way it looked on the hanger, but it was amazing on!

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I agree with PlainBride.  I was much more successful when the consultant was pulling dresses than when I was choosing.  Hang in there!  I thought I would never find a dress I really liked, they all just seemed “ok”.  Now that I found the one, I honestly miss the trying on process a little Smile  Good Luck!

Post # 21
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Newbee

Sometimes, when you keep looking in the same direction and are not finding what you like, you need to try something completely opposite of what you think you are looking for.  It will either confirm that what you are looking for is what you really like, and that is the direction you need to continue in, OR there just may be a new direction that you just have not thought of.  As you look at dresses, are their details like neckline styles that stand out over and over, certain types of hem details, drape, embroidery themes and embellishments… and of course, the details that you find that are not flattering.  Sometimes that dream dress in the picture just is not the best one for us.  But thank heavens, there is something even better yet just waiting to be found!

If you can find a reliable full service salon that is not pushy, but really there to help you find the right dress,  like Magnolia and Plainbride said, they can really be a great help to you.  They can help sort through all the details.  As you try on dresses, the dresses that you like, keep in the room.  The ones you don’t like, take out of the room right away.  That way, you have only in the room the gowns you like, or ones you have not tried on yet.  It does help keep down the confusion.

 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I went to at least a dozen bridal shops before I finally settled on the dress I wanted for the wedding.  I’m ultra picky as well so I had a hard time deciding.

I would definitely go out of the box and try on dresses you would have never thought of before.  I envisioned myself in a ballgown dress with little or no design on it and ended up with an A-line dress (which looks good on every figure) and it had a lot of embroidery on it to make me look taller since I’m petite and short 5’0.  I decided on the Casablanca 1948 and got a TON of compliments on it.  Don’t be discouraged and keep on looking until you find the perfect dress.

Post # 23
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Wannabee

I don’t know if you found anything yet, but have you tried on the Intriquing by Kitty Chen?  It’s in her 2008 collection.  It’s the one I wore and I didn’t think it would look good at all but it did!  It has lace on the bottom and fits well through the top and has a corset back lace up.  It’s so beautiful and different.  Here is the link http://kittychencouture.com/bridal/2008/intriguing.html.  It really looks better on than in the pictures.  I can send you some of mine if you want to see it on someone else besides a model.

Good luck! 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Have a great time looking!  When is your wedding?  There’ll come a time when you wish (if you’re like me) that you could go back and try on dresses again a ton, just for fun!

I love Jenny Lee dresses — they might be the “traditional yet modern” look that you’re hoping to achieve!

Post # 25
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Newbee

If you have a chance, try to find Casablanca dresses near you.  They have a great fit, and just the right combination of details.  Their detail is never too much or over done.  The dresses are well made, and a reasonable price.  You can get them ordered for your length too.  When I was working, they were my favorite company.

Post # 26
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

any chance you know a seamstress/alteration person by you?? you can take pictures of different dresses you like or least portions of dresses (i.e. bodice, back, train, etc) to the person & have them make the entire gown. That way it will definitely be one of a kind. That’s what i’m going to be doing.

GL.

 

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know exactly what you are going through!!!!!! I am soo in the same situation but I have it narrowed down to 2 dresses and one is a maggie!!!! Both dresses are beautiful and it sounds like you are like me where you want the detail and embellishment so its not too simple but not over the top!

I have been to about 10 bridal shops! If you are allowed take photos of yourself in the dresses and then review them for awhile once you are home and try to picture yourself on your wedding day and what you see yourself in…. For me I am having trouble deciding between maggie sottero Vogue Royale and CasaBlana 1909…

Maggie – Vogue Royale: http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?style=A3112LT

Casablanca – 1909: http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/view/2/41

The nice thing with some designers such as Casablanca is that they will allow you to customize and do almost anything with the dress…just a thought to help you get the perfect look you are looking for 😉

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