(Closed) What was your “dress trying on” experience like

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

In my experience, the salesgirl waited outside until I had the dress on, and then she came in to secure it (i.e. zip/lace it up) it was pretty modest and I appreciated having a little space to myself as I was getting dressed. (:

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

The sales girls were very respectful.  They stayed outside of the room until I said that I was ready for them to come in.  Only then did they come in to pin my into the dress.  They did that with the curtains closed too.  The curtains were only opened when I was fully secure in the dress.  It didnt feel uncomfortable once.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have reached the stage where I am not bothered. I have big boobs 32dd/32e, so am used to being properly fitted for bras. I now realise that its not the end of the world if shop girls see me in my knickers and without a bra. I do stand with my hands over my boobs, but am not bothered if they see a bit of nipple. I would rather be properly fitted for a bra or laced up into a dress so it looks the best it can properly do.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had different experiences at different stores.  At the Davids/A Angelos they waited outside the room until I had the dress on and would come help me fasten the buttons or ties.  At the local store I went to, the sales lady stayed in the room with me and helped me get the dresses on.  I needed more help there though, because the dresses were a couple sizes too small and the petticoats would get all bunched up.  But it didn’t really bother me and she was very respectful and left when I was changing bras out and stuff.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

All the stores I went to the sales girl waited outside until I was ready. I would feel completely uncomfortable as well with a stranger in the dressing room with me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I had basically the same experience as stine, but I will say that if you bring someone to help you that you’re comfortable around, it can make it ten times better. My mom and sis helped me out mostly and it was so much easier than someone I didn’t know being in the room in some of the places I went!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had to be helped, because she put a corset bra on me that hooked all the way up my back.  She had me go into the curtain part of the dressing room to put the corset on, and then once I was covered, she just snapped up the back. As for the dresses, she helped me put them on, and I needed help, seeing that some of these dresses weighed a TON! If you don’t want any help, I’m sure there would be no objections, the assistance was more of a convenience thing than anything else. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

At one small salon I went to, there were curtained-off fitting rooms and the girl waited outside. At Macy’s, it was one big room with chairs for your friends/family to sit on, and the girl helped me the whole time. It was actually sort of weird because it overlooked the busy downtown area, and I kept wondering if people in the skyscraper across the street could see me. Oh well.

I think you could always ask for a little privacy if you feel uncomfortable, and you might get used to it as you go on your dress search. Have fun! 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had the same experience as most of the other girls. I went to a few different salons and they didn’t bother me while I was in the fitting room. They would only come in when I had the dress on and needed to be zipped, coreseted, buttoned up, etc. They were all pretty respectful of my privacy. Also, my mom and SIL came with me and they would help me out in the actual fitting room if I needed more help with things. Much more comfortable with them helping me out than some stranger.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The few salons I went to here in NYC don’t allow anyone else to help you but the salesgirls. They helped me into the dresses and saw me half naked, but most of the larger dresses you really need help getting into anyway. One room had my friend in there with us as well. However if you asked, they may leave you alone, but I wouldn’t know for sure. It was never awkward though, this is what they do for a living, and they see people in various states of undress all day, and are there to help you!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

They will respect your modesty, but I highly recommend getting one of the Spanx products or similar as you will need help to get into some of those dresses. One of the stores I went to provided some for me. The others didn’t. They do need to reach under the dress sometimes to show you how a bustle will work so you want to be wearing the right undergarments.

Two of the stores, the salespeople were really helpful and the other not so much. She didn’t even take the dresses out of the bags and those dresses are not light!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just make sure you wear underwear and a strapless bra! Lol.

My experience was that I had at least one person helping me at all times. They didn’t look though because I must have seemed modest … but I couldn’t have put on the dresses by myself! It seems impossible in my eyes.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

DO NOT go to Davids Bridal on a busy day if you’re modest. They leave the door open while you’re standing there in your undies. I had to ask the girl MORE THAN ONCE to please shut the door before taking my dress off. There was a guy standing directly outside my room the whole time. CREEPY! 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You know I went to five dress stores and not one salesgirl left me alone to slip into the gowns… I think part of the reason was that they didn’t want me accidentally damaging the gowns… it was a little weird but the salesgirls were pretty nice and assured me that they had seen it all… they were pretty respectful… I think they need to be there to make sure the dress is put on correctly…

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