(Closed) What to wear dress shopping?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
578 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I went in capris and a cute shirt. I didn’t wear any make-up because I didn’t want to get in to the dresses and my  hair was simple because lets face it in and out of those dresses can be a pain in the a$$. Just be comfy and what you feel comfy in.

Post # 5
578 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

yeah. just wear what makes you feel comfy. I wouldn’t cake it on, and you are careful getting in and out of the dress. So you could probable wear that and be just fine!

Post # 6
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the spanx and strapless bra are a good plan. My biggest fear of dress shopping is feeling exposed in a room with a stranger! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll find a beautiful dress!

Post # 7
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i also found it helpful to wear my hair in approximately the way i was thinking for the actuall day- i.e. i want my hair half up and half down…i wore it this way, and though i know it would look a zillion times better on my wedding day itself, this helped me get a better sense of how i would look- dress, hair, and veil, all at the same time. (though i did end up clipping my hair up between dress try-ons, since it got so hot putting them on).


good luck! i am sure you’ll have a blast!!

Post # 8
150 posts
Blushing bee

Definitely wear something comfortable that is easy to get in and out of.  Wearing something like that underneath will be helpful.  Make sure you wear undies that will cover you  : ) 

Also, on my wedding day I am wearing my hair up so I thought it was helpful to wear my hair up when I went dress shopping – just to get an idea of how it will look.  I would wear your hair which ever way you will for your wedding day.

Good luck !!

Post # 11
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Chances are you won’t see underwear lines through the dress unless you’re going with a very clingly fabric, but the Spanx isn’t a bad idea. I went with a zip-up top to save my hairstyle for the day and so that I didn’t have to deal with buttons, and heels about the height I’d like to wear on the wedding day (which turned out to be essential, as that was the only way we knew how much extra length had to be ordered). I get dressed up a little tiny bit whenever I do wedding-related meetings or shopping, because I think people take you a little more seriously as a paying customer that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 13
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I went to the Monique Lhuillier salon here in LA a couple of weeks ago to try on dresses; I wore a casual dress with flats and minimal makeup.  There were girls in “fashionable” shorts and T-shirts too,  they still looked put-together.  I actually wore a dress so it would be easy to get in and out of!  The first time I went shopping I wore no makeup so it wouldnt get on the dresses, but I kind of regretted it because it looked like I had rolled out of bed and put on a fancy wedding dress!  Usually you either step into the gowns from the bottom, or the consultant holds the dress up for you to put on over your head so your makeup doesnt get on the dress.  Also, all the places I went to had bridal bustiers for me to wear while I tried on the dresses, and the consultant stepped out of the room while I put it on so she never saw me “fully exposed”.  Have fun!!!

Post # 15
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just wore a tee shirt and some sweat capris.  As soon as we got there they gave me a long line bra and crinoline since i was trying on all a-lines.  I wore those the rest of the time so I was not exposed at all.  I even put them on myself and the consultant just asked if i needed help getting the bra all strapped….

Just be comfortable… you wont be in your own clothes except for under garments for long anyways. 

Post # 16
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Things I learned when going dress shopping:

  • Don’t wear makeup! Some places make you wash it off anyway, or won’t let you try on dresses with makeup on. (Pronovias)
  • Wear skin/nude color underwear
  • Wear or bring a strapless nude colored bra
  • Wear or bring Spanx, but only if you plan on wearing them for the wedding
  • Bring several pairs of shoes with different heel heights, color doesn’t matter
  • Bring several hair accessories so you can wear your hair in different styles; Some dresses look better with an updo and others with a half-updo

Also, attendants don’t care what you look like, only if they think they’re going to make a sale.  If you’re absolutely not going to buy a dress, just tell them.  It won’t hurt their feelings, that’s what they do for a living.  If you’re shopping around, tell them in advance so they don’t waste their time (and yours) trying to sell you a dress on the spot.  I made an appointment with them for the future to encourage them to help me without the pressure of buying, then I cancelled over the phone later if I didn’t like anything I saw.

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