Post # 1
While dress shopping yesterday I found a dress I loved but with the trumpet fit I could not get it on. The sales lady- after telling me repeatedly how full figured I was at a size 14- said I’ll have someone else try it on, and brought in a girl who was swimming in the dress. I told her that I wasn’t interested in seeing it on someone else and was just disappointed I wouldn’t be able to try it on and I was removing it from consideration. She then told me that in over 20 years of working in the bridal business I was the first bride she’d worked with who said I wouldn’t buy a dress (a $2500 dress at that) that I couldn’t try on first, even if it wasn’t quite the right size. Would or have you done so? How did it turn out if you did?
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure I’d like to try on a dress that expensive before i buy it. And either way, I wouldn’t buy a dress from somebody that rude.
Post # 4
That sales lady sounds like a quack. I know many people have bought dresses they haven’t tried on first and had a lot of success, but for me, if I couldn’t try on a $2500 dress, there’s no way I’m buying it. And for her to say you’re the first bride to not buy a dress without trying it on sounds pretty ludicrous to me.
Post # 5
I agree that the sales lady was rude. I also wouldn’t buy a dress that I couldn’t try on,. That is an investment. The dress could look beautiful on someone else but look like a dud on you.
Post # 6
I definitely wouldn’t buy a dress without trying it on first!
Post # 7
Okay, I bought two dresses without trying them on, but I sure as heck would not buy a 2500 dollar one without trying it on. And the saleslady sounds like one I ran into, in a very high couture shop here – she said the same thing! I was like uhhm yeah, I need to see something that expensive on me. You’re not alone, thats for sure.
Post # 8
oh gosh, no way, not a $2500 dress.
After trying on many many styles of dresses, I really think I could buy a similiar styled Maggie, size 10, off the rack and wear it. But ONLY if it was similiar in shape to ones that I actually tried on. I’d have no problem doing it, but not something that expensive
Sorry the saleslady was so rude. Trumpets look good on lots of people; maybe she was just not so tactful in telling you she thought something else would look better on. Frankly, when i went to those places, they were pretty honest with me about what looked good on and what didn’t, after having dressed hundreds of brides and interestingly enough, I ended up with a dress that i hated on the rack, but she insisted I try it on and trust her. I’m not justifying her rude actions in any way, shape, or form. She should have grabbed you another style trumpet dress so you could see THAT dress on you, then you could have decided if you thought *this* one was close enough in shape that you could figure out how it’d look on you. Unfortunately, those couture shops have big pineapples up their butt sometimes.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’m surprised that she didn’t at least pin it on you with those clampy things. For a few of the dresses I “tried on” they were bridal size 2 as the only sample, and that’s what they did. It wasn’t ideal, but was pretty effective.
Post # 10
if it were an inexpensive dress with a little less fitted silouhette then maybe.. but because its 2500 an a trumpet fit…. i wouldnt buy it without trying it on. A fit like that is a gamble.. you may end up paying more for fitting readjustments than you would for another dress that could be less inexpensive and less alterations
Post # 11
Well, yes, buying a dress you haven’t tried on is a possibility if you have a reasonable certainty that it will look good on you. That said, I wouldn’t buy a wedding dress from a salesperson that rude! She should never have made you feel like that. It’s not unreasonable to want to try on a dress and certainly not unreasonable to avoid rushing into the purchase of a $2500 dress – your wedding dress, no less!
Post # 12
I actually did buy my dress, online without trying it on first. But iI agree, the saleslady was just trying to pressure you into a sale. If you loved the dress, and the only problem was getting it to zip, then I’d say go for it, but you sound like you have reservations.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t buy a wedding dress without trying it on. I’ve tried on so many dresses and some I thought would look good on me actully turned out not so good, and vice versa. It sounds like that sales lady was BSing you and I would not buy a dress from a person like that. She sounded so rude and a stupid sales lady for making that comment, at that.
Post # 14
Well, I bought my dress without trying it on… I bought it without trying on ANY wedding dress for that matter. I didnt have anyone to go shopping with and didnt’ have time to wait until I was with my mom and sister. So, I looked at dresses online one Saturday with my mom, and we both really fell in love with a dress. When I saw it, I just felt like it was “the one.” Unfortunately, the store I went to didn’t have that particular dress in. But, because I was worried about time, I bought it anyway, site unseen. I did eventually have dress regret, and I didn’t totally LOVE it on me, but in the end, I did like it and I’m very fond of it now. Everyone said I looked beautiful and all complimented the dress.
If you could try on a dress that’s very similar, maybe consider it, but that is an expensive dress so I think that sale’s lady is nuts…
Post # 15
No, I wouldn’t. I was torn between 2 very beautiful dresses, one of which had a lace up back. I’m very petite and the dress was a much larger size so they had to use lots of clamps just to hold it up. Althought it looked good from the front I couldn’t get a really good idea of how the lace up back would look in my size so I choose the other dress.
I would be totally tunred off by the sales lady you dealt with. I can’t stand pushy people and it seems like she was trying to push you into buying that dress by making you feel like you were being unreasonable (which you weren’t). Have you tried calling around to other bridal shops to see if they carry the dress in your size or close to it?
Post # 16
Even if you consider buying the dress I am with artbee- go to another shop that will appreciate the business. Even if you have to travel a bit maybe you can find the same dress at another shop in a size that fits better. Post the dress maybe we can help locate another shop?