(Closed) Would you/did you buy a dress you've never tried on?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Would depend on a lot of factors– cost being a big one.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It’s a bit risky…especially the higher the price. Plus there’s always that thing where you think you found THE dress and it looks so beautiful and you’re sure it’s the one when you see it in a picture, but then when you put it on, it just doesn’t do anything for you. Know what I mean?

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@beachbridebc:  Not my wedding dress but my get-a-way dress was custom made from over seas 🙂 

I would NEVER trust anyone to work on my wedding gown though 🙂 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did and it was a nervous wait till the day it was delivered. One or two alterations later and I was the happiest bride ever!

I had only tried one other dress on and hated it but when I saw my dress I loved it.

 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I did, but I also left about $700 worth of wiggle room in the budget for alterations and foundation garments.I figured that was plenty enough to make ANYTHING look good, as long as it’s not too small.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes, I did! When you know, you know- I too fell in love with a dress where no sample was available. As a disclaimer, though:

1) I know what works on my body, and there was no question or “gray area” on the dress that I wasn’t sure would look good on me; and

2) I tried on virtually identical cuts and styles from the same designer to get the fit and sizing as accurate as possible. Be warned, even a different beading pattern or slightly different drape can make a huge difference in how the dress looks on you, even if it’s the same cut or style! Try on as many variations of your dress from this designes as you can to eliminate those “gray areas”!

It worked out so well, the only alteration we had to do was to take up the length! 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yes, I bought my dress without trying it on. I loved the gown, and made an appointment at the designer’s store in my city, but unfortunately someone had purchased the sample. I tried on dresses with similat skirts, and decided the silhouette would work for me and then ordered. The only problem is the fact that my dress is too big because the designer didn’to go down to a 6Au/2US at the time that I ordered. 

I say, if you love the dress, and the silhouette suits you, go for it!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

Yep, I did, and it all worked out very well 🙂  I bought a dress online from the US that wasn’t carried by any stores in my country.  Before I bought it I went into a store and tried on dresses with a similar fit.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yes, I’ve purchased dresses that I never tried on, actually all the time. Now as for my wedding dresses, I don’t think I could’ve ever purchased them without trying them on a few times first!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@beachbridebc:  

I ordered a dress online, I had never seen it in real, and I could only find 2 pictures of real brides wearing it.  It turned out well, only problem is that it is a little to big, but nothing major. I bought it new with tags from preownedwedddingdresses for half the price, so that was why I took the gamble. I don’t think I would have it had been full price. Good luck!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

NO! My dream dress looked awful on me.  You gotta try it on.

Post # 28
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Busy bee

@beachbridebc:  I only did that for a cocktail dress once. But won’t do it again, I suppose. It’s a nice dress and looked good on the photos online. But in person I hate the way how (intentionally) fluffy it is around the chest. So I won’t order a dress online again I think. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I guess you could say that I sort of have? I’m getting a dress custom made by a designer from the Philippines so technically I’m buying a dress (well at least put down a deposit for it) that I’ve never tried on but then again it will also be made based on my measurements. Plus I have done my research and tried on different styles and silhouettes so I know what looks good on my body.

OP have you tried on a similar dress to the one you’ve been eyeing?

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would never do this for a wedding dress.

In the model pic, my dress was a huge turn off. The model looked like a Vegas showgirl and the dress looked showy too. On me, the dress took on a really elegant and modest quality. It was so weird.

I was very surprised how different dresses looked on the model, on the mannequin, on me… you want a dress that really fits and looks like it was made for you. As a consequence I would not buy a wedding dress online.

 

Post # 31
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I couldnt.  Stock photos can be deceiving sometimes.  Plus with my odd sizing I would have to see it on.  Some people do this and it works out.  But those people are far braver than I.

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