(Closed) Wrong to try on dresses @ a salon when you're buying online? Help

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Why would you prefer to buy online? 

If you feel bad maybe say it’s your first appointment so you’re not planning to buy? 


Post # 5
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@bridedaisybreeze:  I think it’s OK, but there are good ways and bad ways to go about it.

I don’t think it’s appropriate going to say Vera Wang and trying on the dress you want replicated if there is no chance you would ever buy it. I’m sure the higher end stores have plenty of “dress tourists” as it is and I don’t think it’s particularlly fair on the sales staff who would lose out on their commission.

But I do think it’s okay to try on dresses with the same sort of structure and shape as what you’re planning to get replicated to see what suits you. And you can do that from going to stores closer to your price range. By that I mean – if you want a Vera Wang flanged mermaid, try on a similar dress by Maggie Sottero instead, or a David’s Bridal version. Since the VW replica would not fit or look exactly the same as the authenthic dress anyway, there’s no need to try on the actual one.

I also think that – unless your budget is so small that all you can afford is a replica – when trying on dresses you should not rule out actually buying the dress you try on if you love it. You’ll probably enjoy the experience more if you approach it with an open mind, and if you absolutely fall in love with an authentic dress there’s always the danger the replica won’t match your high expectations.

Full disclosure: I tried on dresses myself knowing that I would probably not buy any of them as I didn’t really want a typical bridal dress and was planning to get my dress made (by a dressmaker, not a replica).  So I told the sales girl that I was just trying things on to see what suited, but if something really worked for me I would buy it. And that was the truth – I would have bought one of the dresses if I’d really liked them.

Post # 6
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you should do it… You may even find a dress in your price range that you like?!

Post # 7
221 posts
Helper bee

I just always said we weren’t there to buy that day, but to just look and see what I liked. That’s all they need to know!

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