Our first dress excursion was during my summer break from school. After not finding THE DRESS, I anticipated waiting until winter or spring break from school before I tried on any more dresses. And then I got an email from The Knot about a “local” boutique, which was having a Maggie Sottero trunk show. I hoped they’d have my dream dress, and made an appointment on short notice.
MOH PT came with me, and we checked out this small boutique, CK Bridal Boutique, which I think has since closed. We met with Connie, who was very helpful and gave me some great advice, which was to ask about certain options offered by the designer. For example, Casablanca had some gorgeous dress offerings, and they will do customization (ie., creating a sweetheart neckline, or adding straps, changing details, etc.), which was a huge draw for me, since I couldn’t seem to find anything that was perfect as-is.
Sorry for the blurry cell phone pics, ya’ll. Super mega apologies, too, for not having any links to what these dress styles were! I think they were older styles of Maggie Sottero and Casablanca and I couldn’t find similar ones online.
This one is a little more of a mermaid than I tried on before, and we modified the neckline to be a little more of a sweetheart. It didn’t woo me, though, so we moved on.
Another satin gown, which was pretty much the only one that satisfied my love for bling, but not lace, and not at all what I wanted.
I categorized this one with the tiers of lace into the “tablecloth lace” category, so it was quickly vetoed, even if it had some pretty characteristics, like the scalloped edge on top. It just doesn’t say “wedding” for me.
This one was probably the best option of this stop. But it didn’t have bling and it didn’t have anything special for me.
It may have had a little something to do with the fact that this sample was gigantic on me, but I thought this one was awful. I think this is an old Maggie, but I could be wrong.
To finish on a high note, this one had great beading, lace, sweetheart neckline. Overall a really nice dress. But I still didn’t love it.
It was really at this stop that I started realizing that I really just wanted what I wanted. Connie asked me if I had picked a dress already, and I said “No, but I have a dream dress.” and she said, “then you’re just going to keep comparing everything else to that dream dress.” Such obvious words, but she was so right. The reason why nothing was working for me was because I was trying to compare these dresses to what I had in mind… even though that idea was totally different from the dresses I was trying on.
It was time to quit trying on other dresses for the sake of trying on different styles, and time to buckle down and try on the dresses that I could see myself wearing!
I did a little more online searching, and loved this Maggie Sottero dress too.
This dress fit all my criteria – straps, lace, bling, a nice (small) train, slim fit. Although, I don’t really have pronounced shoulders, which means that straps slip off my shoulders fairly easily. Almost as annoying as strapless dresses. I’m really just not made for dresses!
I even thought about something with sleeves, to help my straps/strapless issue.
But for now, MOH PT and I packed it up, thanked Connie for her time, and with no plans for dress shopping ahead, went back to the drawing board.
Did you have someone point out an obvious truth to you while you were shopping? Was your dress shopping a multiple day experience? Did you have to go back to the drawing board?