Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dress Madness, Part 2

I braved the world of dress shopping again today! I was feeling fairly well, and let's face it-- loads better in terms of physical health compared to last time.

We made it to 2 shops today:
I Do Bridal
La Belle Elaine's

Now I have to say, the staff in both places was great. However, the atmosphere of La Belle was crazy. There was a giant lighted runway lined with mirrors, and 100's of dresses in a huge circular room. I mean the place is way cool! I Do was much more utilitarian, but they made up for it with their charming staff and their prices are unbelievably amazing.

We had some good luck today. I don't know if it was my mood or that I already sort of knew what I was looking for from my previous experience, but we really did like almost all the dresses I tried on. Keep in mind that I still like the Augusta Jones, Betina... but Tia did fall off my list when I tried it on again today.

I'll try to weed them down here to the ones I really, really liked and give some images. Unfortunately neither place allows photos, which was a bummer. Fortunately, I was able to get a couple of images to help with the decision.

Enough with the talk. Let me show you some photos.

Mori Lee Style 2105. It really is hard to get an idea of how this looks on me, until you see it... But you'll have to trust me that it accentuated my waist, and laid really nicely through the hips. It wasn't too low on top either.

The next one that we really like was a Casablanca dress, style 1908. This dress fit really well, but I'll admit that I felt a teensy bit like the top of a cake!

Next we have the Maggie Sottero Colby. It's a great dress, very light and very destination wedding. It's made of chiffon, so it feels a little flimsy compared to the others. Oh, and note that my hair will never ever look like this ;) (I promise!)
Next, I tried on a dress from a local Seattle designer. I think the line is called Audrey and the number is 1307. I put on the dress and felt pretty great about it. I tried it on again, hoping to remember it, but knowing that I wouldn't. No photos, so there was no way I could capture it.

I decided to do something I would never do. I put on a very pitiful look and told the assistant that I really really would love a photo to show my family back home in California. I wasn't exactly pouty, and I didn't cry, but I did leave enough doubt as to whether we were going there! The assistant was so lovely about it and snapped a couple of iphone photos for me. So kind! This is a lot of dress, and I do look very curvy in it. I wish you could see the details, especially since we can't find this online. It's got lace and rusching on top with a small amount of beading and crystals, but not too much. The back has two tiers... so think about dresses with pickups.

Now I know the majority of these dresses are strapless, but most of them can have straps added. The bottom one unfortunately would not look good even with spagetti straps.

Oh, and I'll show you the Betina again, since it is the one remaining on the list from my prior outing.

So what do you think? Opinions? Questions? Concerns? Let it fly!


Anonymous said...

My dress was Mori Lee 2105, it's quite a lovely dress and does make one's waist look really small! My only word of caution is make sure it fits properly, as mine was slightly too large due to last minute weight loss. Due to sweating and the dress being heavy, it slid down throughout the course of the day. Oh well. If you'd like to see pictures of it in a larger-than-model figure, look at my blog! If you have any questions about it, I'd be happy to help!

P.S. I like the Betina the best. Even though the Seattle dress is quite nice, too! :)

Elizabeth said...

Hi there! I saw your post on the weddingbee board and hopped straight over to your blog. A couple of thoughts for you: I'm not a huge fan of the Casablanca gown (which is strange because I'm going to be a Casablanca bride!! Style 1866, fwiw). I think that the gathering on the skirt is going to look a bit dated in 20 years. I also think that the Maggie Sottero is a little too casual. You seem to have no problem wearing a big ol' bridegown, so you may as well go with it - it'll be the only day you can! Beyond that, I think you should go with whichever dress makes you feel the most fabulous.

One other note: I'm a Seattle bride too, and the only two places I went were I Do and Belle Elaine's! I have to say, after dealing with both places extensively, I Do Bridal is the best. I love the unpretentious atmosphere there. I actually had a bit of a negative experience at Belle Elaine's - first, the gal put me in a $5,000 dress when I told her my budget was $2,000, and then she sneered at me when I said I wasn't willing to pay that much for a gown! They sure do have a chic atmosphere...but I'll take I Do's friendly girls and more reasonable prices anyday!

I'm so excited to read about another Seattle bride! I'm going to read the rest of your blog now. Thanks for the link on weddingbee.


jennifer said...

vick, you look so beautiful!

zoliepup said...

You looked stunning!!! I think I like it even more now...

I have a similar worry about weight loss. I'm pretty much the right size for off the rack, but my helper said that she was pulling it in all the way. If I know me at all, I have a feeling I'll be 10 lbs lighter by the time I get to the wedding, and I think it would be too big. I've been pondering that all day. I definitely want to try on the Betina again. I haven't gotten it out of my head.

Elizabeth... Thanks so much for your thoughts. When are you getting married? I have to say, I was extremely concerned when I saw La Belle Elaine's, because I'm so not a froufy girl... BUT, I think I lucked out, my helper was amazing and kind, and soothed all of my insecurities. It ended up being an awesome experience!

Jen, you're the best baby!

Strawberry Baby said...

Love the Betina dress!

They let you take photos at Belle Elaines? When I went there a few months ago they were so snotty! And they didn't let us take photos either. It was a terrible experience.

I Do bridal was fantastic! :)

zoliepup said...

They definitely didn't let me take pictures, but at that point, my friend had left and I had no second opinion... All my bridesmaids are in California and I was pretty serious about the dress... so they let me slide.

OK, so I learned something huge today. The strapless bra that I've been trying dresses on with is disaster. That alone is making me look 10 lbs heavier than I really am!

Now I have to go back and retry on a bunch of stuff. Sigh...