(Closed) What you thought you wanted vs. what you got?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
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    I had a certain style in mind, and my dress matched that style.

    I had a certain style in mind, and I bought a dress completely opposite.

    I had no idea what kind of style I wanted, and didn't find out until I tried on different dresses.

  • Post # 32
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    This is the dress I fell in love with (still do love it actually) before dress shopping:

    Unfortunately, Amy Michelson quit designing, and I couldn’t find anywhere to try it on 🙁 I ended up with this:

    It’s not really the same–but it does have the lace, and it does have straps. I knew I didn’t want strapless, but I NEVER thought I would get a trumpet style dress. But, I love love love my dress, and it is the only dress I tried on that made me semi-forget about the Amy Michelson dress.

    Post # 33
    1827 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    @berkie:  Oh my gosh, I just swooned when I saw your dress – I want that dress!!! 

    I always hated lace – wanted nothing to do with it.  I tried a lace dress on and loved it, but no one else liked it.  Looking back, I realize I didn’t actually love the lace on that particular dress, I just loved the look of lace in general.  I really wish I had tried on more lace dresses as I have a feeling I would have ended up with one.  

    I ended up with an A-line/modified ball gown, which is what I sort of always thought I’d get and I do love it, but when I see dresses like berkie’s or SerenaSF’s lace beauty, I have massive dress envy.  

    Here’s what I ended up with, from DB, in ivory though.

    Post # 34
    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I voted that my dress is the complete opposite, even though I don’t have one yet! I just know that it will be by process of elimination. I wanted straps, lace, slim silhouette, NO pickups, minimal beading or embellishments, and above all, nothing asymmetrical. I am that type-A and neurotic that I actually refused to try certain dresses on if the first thing I noticed was an asymmetrical pattern, and I never even gave pick-ups a chance. I regret that now and wish I would have at least given those styles a chance at first because I think I would have been pleasantly surprised. Since deciding to sell my dresses and keep looking, I have found one that is the epitome of what I thought I didn’t want, and I am very close to getting it. I am going to back to try it on again on Friday and to double check some others.

    Now that I have allowed myself out of the lace box to which I had confined myself, I want to try on other styles that I had previously overlooked. I love organza and a sweetheart neckline, and I am pretty sure I’ll get those. That was something that I have loved from the beginning, though lace and straps were the overall preference. I am a little trigger shy about posting this new dress until I sell my other ones and commit to it completely, so here’s hoping they sell quickly!

    Post # 35
    3670 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    This was the dress I thought I’d get


    Here is the dress I wore

    Post # 36
    2246 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I fell in love this this dress before I was engaged.

    I ended up going with this one.

    Post # 37
    6065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    i knew I wanted delicate beadwork and I had been bookmarking Reem Acra dresses all the time…and I ended up with a Reem Acra beaded dress!

    But I must say, I tried on many dresses and I fell in love with certain styles that i NEVER expected I would love.


    Post # 38
    735 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Good question! I thought I wanted a strapless that big, poofy and had pickups. I ended up with an off the shoulder that was not quite as poofy as I thought I wanted.

    Post # 39
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I thought I wanted something with straps, V-neck, and not poufy. Like this from Jcrew.

    Silk chiffon Sophia long dress


    And I ended up with a strapless ballgown from David’s Bridal with a lace bolero 🙂

    Post # 40
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I thought I’d want/look good in an ivory poofy ballgown type dress with lots of red accents.

    1) Red on ivory makes the ivory look dull.

    2) I am too short to look good in a poofy ballgown. I looked like a giant cupcake waddling about!

    3) I fell in L-O-V-E with the Maggie Serenity in ‘light gold’ and bought it. It is A-line. Very happy with it!

    Post # 41
    6995 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

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    @jujubride: I love the dress you ended up with!! sooooo beautiful.

    mine actually isn’t jim 😉 SHHHH…but everyone thinks so. i bought it from a company called group usa for a fraction of the cost. just over $500

    Post # 42
    25 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

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    Thanks!  Wow that is amazing and it is BEAUTIFUL…great find;)

    Post # 43
    25 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

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    Thank you soo much!  It is by Watters – style name is Austin.

    Post # 44
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @totheislnds: Love your dress! Great find!

    So I technically haven’t bought my dress, but originally I wanted a more modern fit and flare with clean lines. The dress I am pretty sure I’m going to buy is a lace ballgown!

    Post # 45
    8735 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My dress is pretty much the opposite of what I thought I wanted.

    My list of what I wanted when I first went shopping was:

    • not strapless
    • lace
    • not satin
    • fitted trumpet shape
    • keyhole back
    • very romantic and flowy
    • Buttons down the back

    This was my “inspiration picture” for the dresses I liked:

    The dress I got was completely different. It is:

    • Strapless
    • Silk Satin
    • Dropped waist A-line/ballgown
    • V-back
    • no buttons

    This is my dress, i never would have even tried it on, but Future Mother-In-Law was shopping with me and asked me to try it, so I did it to humor her. She was right!:



    Post # 46
    293 posts
    Helper bee

    My dress matched the style I originally had in mind, but in a totally different way than I expected! I tried on many dresses that matched what I thought I wanted, that were not flattering on me. Then my dress caught me by suprise! Looked totally different than the others. But in the end, it did have many of my original criteria.

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