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discouraged dress shopper

I keep finding beautiful gowns online that I would love to try on.  It never fails though. I call the local shops listed on the designer's site and, yes they carry the line, but no they don't have that specific dress!  Many have told me that I would have to BUY the dress in order for them to get it because the designer doesn't "loan" them to the shops.  How the hell am I supposed to buy a dress I've never tried on!  I've tried just going in to a shop to see what they have available but I haven't had any luck yet...
I have time but this isn't as much fun as I thought it would be.

Re: discouraged dress shopper

  • I don't know if it's possible to travel to a larger city? You could always pick out the dresses you like, call the stores in another city to ensure they have them and try them on.
  • I found that falling in love with dresses online isn't fun... I kept falling in love with all these dresses would drive hours to go see them and find that in person... they don't look good at alll!!! The last time i drove 2 hrs to see a dress I found online and ended up finally finding my dress... and it WASN'T the one I found online!

    I would suggest finding the styles that you like and not getting attached to one online! Just keep trying and sometimes you find your dress when you least expect it like I did!

    good luck :)
  • I had ALL of these dresses bookmarked online, and guess what? I didn't like many of them when I tried them on in the store. I actually picked all dresses from completely different designers. Were you picky when you were browsing through the dresses? My mom and my aunt picked out dresses for me, and I reluctantly tried them on to appease them. I loved them! Sometimes it's hard to judge just by looking at them on the rack; you have to try it all.

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  • HawkteacherHawkteacher member
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    edited June 2010
    Go to a store and forget online!  I found that everything I thought I would like looks awful on me and a dress that I would have never thought of was "the one."  Besides that, it's just so much more fun to go and try on a bunch of dresses in a store instead of looking at tiny thumbnails.  Photos just can't capture what a dress really looks like in person.
  • I found my dress online and no one around me carries it.  I took a picture to the shop and they were wonderful at picking out similar dresses for me to try on (ones with the same shape, neckline, similar gathering, etc.).  I wound up loving the style and after seeing myself in similar dresses (it took three or four to see what each part would look like) I was able to decide on ordering it. 
  • Thanks for letting me complain girls.  I'm going shopping again today.  Wish me luck!
  • I am not sure where you are shopping but most good stores, and I want to stress good.  Most of those good stores can borrow a sample.  The only thing they should charge you is a small amount that the designer company charges them to get the dress, that is fair.  I asked my store to "borrow" a dress and they did.  I decided on a different version but had the other to compare and paid the other charges gladly.  Finally, after ordering my gown they credited that small charge to my account.
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_discouraged-dress-shopper?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:15Discussion:6aeeb9ce-3262-488c-b7ab-a085613d9a1cPost:f4613468-3f79-421f-afcd-73de65d4abeb">Re: discouraged dress shopper</a>:
    [QUOTE]I had ALL of these dresses bookmarked online, and guess what? I didn't like many of them when I tried them on in the store. I actually picked all dresses from completely different designers. Were you picky when you were browsing through the dresses? My mom and my aunt picked out dresses for me, and I reluctantly tried them on to appease them. I loved them! Sometimes it's hard to judge just by looking at them on the rack; you have to try it all.
    Posted by mstar284[/QUOTE]

    This. This is EXACTLY what I did as well, and I wound up with a dress I thought I would hate when I tried it on.. I always thought I wanted simple - turns out, the more detailed the better! I also thought I hated strapless - guess what I bought? Thank goodness my mom made me try on those other dresses..
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  • I did the same thing - I had my 4 top favs online - but went to stores and tried on similar ones, and even completely different ones since I could not find those 4 anywhere!  I found a different dress which i liked a lot - but wasnt totally sold on it - it was a little out of my price range which my parents said they would cover if i couldnt.  I have family in Minneapolis (3-4 hour drive) and went up there one weekend in my search, and found one of the 4 dresses - i bought it that day. 

    Everyone is different (and yes it's kind of a pain to drive 4 hours for my fitting (july 10th!) and to go pick it up a few weeks after - but i get to see family while im there.  So like PP post said if you have the option of traveling to a different city you should - even if its jsut to give you piece of mind that you found it and its not the one VS thinking your "settling"
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  • Go try them on! I said for months I didn't want a strapless but I only tried on one wedding dress that I tore out of a magazine thinking I woulnd't like it once I tried it on and I LOVED IT. I could not be happier plus shopping is a good time to let your friends and moms be invovled. This is the one time you really need someones opinion
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