(Closed) Would you buy your dress without trying it on??

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s a very beautiful dress!  But I don’t think I’d buy a dress without trying it on and at least being pinned in it.  I went to many many shops, but even after knowing what looks good on me and what doesn’t I still tried on dresses that on the hanger looked like "the one".  Also, I would have *never* tried on my dress judging from the online picture and seeing it on the hanger.  Call around the bridal shops and see who carries that specific dress.  You’ve gotta try it on cause every girl deserves to look in the mirror and get that "this is it!" moment!  Good luck with the dress!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t. One exception would be if I tried on a dress from the same designer that was almost exactly like it, only with different sleeves, OR a different neckline, or ONE thing that was different. The rest would have to be similar enough so I could really tell how it would look on me. It’s amazing how different a dress can look on you once it’s off the hanger.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I agree with the other posters – no, I would need to try it on. I understand what you’re saying about samples though – it was pretty hard for me to find ones that weren’t either too small or too huge, and it’s hard to get a sense of how things should look when it’s all fitted if you can’t zip it up. That’s why I loved the Jasmine lines of dresses, because they have those multi-size samples, with a ton of zippers that fit basically every size.

Anyway, I feel like it’s important to at least try to get the dress on, to see where things might hit. With that dress (beautiful!), the hip might come down lower than you’d like, which if you’re like me, could spell disaster!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

100% no way. There were SO many dresses i liked from pictures or even on the rack that totally did not look good on me at all. it actually became a very difficult situation for me to find something that i was happy with. I would find a store who carries that dress and try it on. good luck!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008

You know, I don’t know if I could do it, but one of my best friends who got married this past June did that exact thing.  She fell in love with a Maggie dress herself, but had a hard time locating it to try on.  She wound up taking the plunge and ordering it – and she loved it when it came in.  She said she had no regrets whatsoever, and she truly looked amazing in her dress.  So, while it’s risky, I can at least say I know that it works out sometimes!

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

If you know your own body and know what looks good on you and what doesn’t, then I don’t see why you can’t buy it without trying it on.  I was in a similar position.  I went to David’s Bridal and tried on a few different dresses and saw what looked good and what didn’t.  The ones I liked such as one of Maggie Sattero; DB didn’t have and other bridal stores would want me to pay for it first before trying it on.  I figure if I was gonna do that, then I might as well find one online for much less expensive since those stores have no overhead and can pass the major discount along to the customers and shipping was free.  From the tryouts, I knew that I wanted an A-line dress with pickups and beading on the bodice.  I drowned in those ball gown like dresses and they were just too heavy to carry.  Therefore after searching online at a few websites, I bought one without trying it on and hoping that my instincts were right.  I received my dress about two weeks ago and loved it!  It was what I was looking for and now I just have to get it adjusted to my size and length.  =)  Hope this helps.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

…would and did.  i found my dress on super sale from nordstrom.com and figured my size by comparing my measurements to the ones they’d given.  i figured that if it didn’t fit or look right, i could either return or re-sell to get my money back, and if it did fit, then i would be getting an amazing deal.  luckily it fit and is very flattering, so i’m glad i made that decision.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I actually think that if you try on a good number of dresses in a similar style to that and you like the way that they fit, but you just were unable to get a hold of your particular dream dress (isnt in your area), then I dont think its a bad idea to buy without trying.  After all, you’ll most likely get it altered to your exact specifications, so if you know that the general shape and style looks good on you, you should be fine.  I’ve heard of several girls doing this.

I guess if you think of it this way…all the girls that get couture dresses have never tried their dress on, right?  Cause theyre one of a kind….yet they trust the designer and the sketches, and they have a good sense of what styles look good for their body.

 So Katie, I say go for your dream dress, especially if you are familiar with the quality of the designer and how a similar dress looks on your body.  Find a wonderful tailor and you should have no problems!  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Well the scary part is not knowing what it will look like in real life.  I would say make sure you try on another maggie sottero dresses fabric that you like, to see how it looks and feels and kind of sits on you.   Don’t just look at a swatch.  And try your best to find other dresses in the same style.  ie make sure you definitely look good in assymetric a-line gown, a heart shaped top, etc.  Then I’ll thank you’ll be fine.  But I would just say try on as many dresses before you order this one…you never know what you’ll find. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I did. I fell in love with Maggie Sottero Emmaline. I haven’t seen anything else that compared to it in my mind. I went and talked to a shop owner in September and she looked it up and found out that they were discontinuing the dress as of Oct 15. I went to another shop and tried on another Maggie dress that was similar to it and the shop owner said the one I wanted would look good on me, so I ordered it. It is supposed to be in in January and I can’t wait. I called all over the place trying to find anyone with this dress prior to ordering it and no one within like 100 miles had it.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel

I did.  I tried on dresses at Alfred Angelo, since I knew they had a large range of sizes for their dresses.  I picked out styles that I liked and saw how they looked on me.  Once that was done, I looked at other designers and picked a gown that was similar to one I tried on previously.  It worked, because I absolutely loved my dress and felt great in it!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I did too. I was thinking the entire time that this should be more complicated that it was.

I looked on ebay to get an idea of dresses I liked and didn’t like, but nothing was really standing out. I had already seen an Anne Barge in a magazine that I thought would look great on me. Then I found one that I knew was even better. I honestly wasn’t expecting to get an ebay dress, but when the right one came along, I acted. I printed out a fuzzy black and white picture and showed it to my family. They all said the same thing…that it looked like me (even with the poor photo). It was pretty easy to imagine myself in the dress since the size they were selling was the size pictured on the mannequin, so I didn’t have to worry about there being a difference between a size four picture and my size ten body.

I checked the seller out as much as I could, checked out the designers other work, double checked my measurements, and placed my bid. I think it was fairly easy since I wasn’t putting down more than $300.00 for a couture gown, but even if it had cost more than that, it was still "the one".

Let us know what you decide!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

nope, i hated it on the hanger! LOL!

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