(Closed) What were your dress deal breakers?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My No’s were:


No Taffeta


No bubble hem (it just looks way too much like a comforter!)


No mermaid


No zipper (I knew corset would be right for me)


No cleavage showing


No strapless (however, I did end up with a strapless to everyone’s surprise)

No halter

Post # 48
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014



asymmetrical detailing


cheap looking lace/beaded appliques

halter top



…I ended up with the perfect satin A-line dress with a crystal belt with clean lines! <3

Post # 49
2270 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

No beading or sequins (this one was huge for me)

No halter

No pick ups

No taffeta

Nothing too plain

Pretty much nothing white either.. I wasn’t a fan of the stark white on me

Post # 50
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

No white (I look much better in ivory)

nothing too princessy

nothing that was 1000 degrees to wear

no ruching or pickups

no mermaid (not good for a pear shaped lady)

no corset back (that one was mostly for my mom who can’t stand them)


Post # 51
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Keyhole backs (I’m petite and looked like a linebacker, and also no boob support)

Post # 52
2346 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Saria213:  MUST HAVE COVERED BUTTONS or the ability to add them on!

No ball gown.

Nothing too heavy.


I found it!!

Post # 53
1914 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

  • No shiny fabric
  • No pick ups
  • No big flowers or embellishments
  • No sleeves or halters
  • No empire waists
  • No sheaths
  • No corset back

Went in thinking I wanted a tulle ballgown and left with a lace mermaid!


Post # 54
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

No pickups, no strapless (I wanted long sleeves), no bow on the butt, no corset (I think those are so informal looking), no mermaid.

Post # 55
2889 posts
Sugar bee


Unflattering silhouettes on me : ballgowns, A-line, mermaid, empire waist.

Fabrics I wasn’t attracted to : organza, satin, taffetas or anything too heavy or too blingy (I like a little bling but not all over the dress). 

Styles that weren’t of my taste : Pick-up, one shoulder off or asymetrical, anything that looked like lingerie (corset-like bodices especially), long trains, plunging V-neckline (would have looked indecent on me), halter top. 

I was open to trying on shoulder caps or sleeves since my wedding was supposed to be in winter, but I just didn’t happen to find one within my budget that had those. Also, while I don’t like those things on myself, I can appreciate most of them worn by another bride. 

Post # 56
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Saria213:  Items on my absolute no go list were: ruffles, empire waist and extreme bling.

My sister picked an empire waist dress for me to try on anyway. I did try it on to humour her, but even the bridal consultant made the comment that empire waists are more for women with something to hide and that I had nothing to hide.

Post # 57
33 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

My main problem is that I don’t want a strapless gown – and almost every gown I see is, or if I’m lucky has some sort of perfunctory strap. I notice that a lot of ladies in here specify they don’t want strapless gowns either; I read a few articles some weeks back about how the strapless monopoly is actually just a sneaky labour saver for the manufaturers. Darn conspiracies. I want full sleeves!

Absolutely no sequins or sparkles for me; I want lace, some subtle beading is okay. No shiny fabrics. No ruching or ruffles. No corset-type back. With very few exceptions, no bows. No zany coloured additions like a fuschia sash. No…feathers?

I actually found my dream dress back in 2008, in an idle google session. Four computers later, I still have a folder full of pictures of it. I just can’t find anything that’s hitting me with the same impact today, and I still love that dress as much as ever, even if it isn’t trendy now. Of course it doesn’t help that my criteria of things I don’t want remove 99% of dresses instantly. I am considering just making my dream dress myself (I am already making the bridesmaid dresses, because I instantly had in mind what I wanted). 


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