Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dresses and Technical Difficulties

Oh boo. I have a dozen half-drafted posts but my computer is being entirely uncooperative and refusing to put the letters I'm typing into the correct places on the page. So, instead of a post that requires lots of typing and editing, you're getting photos of some of those department store dresses I tried on.

However, I've decided not to share the dress I chose on the blog. (Yes, I chose a dress!) As the wedding gets more defined and real, I'm finding I want to keep certain details a surprise for the people who will be sharing the day with us in person. And, although you'll probably be able to figure out which dress I chose via the process of elimination, there's something different about seeing the right dress on the right person. It's how a white dress gets transformed into a wedding dress. And that's the part I've decided I don't want to share on the blog.

However, I also feel like it's important to show what these dresses look like on "real" people. I'm not saying that models aren't real people, but their body type isn't reflective of the majority of dress-buying women, making it hard to judge how a dress might look on you from an online picture. So I'm willing to share photos of my amazing-but-ultimately-rejected dresses. (Really, they were all pretty amazing. There's only one dress I didn't like at all and therefore refused to take photos of because I felt like a poofy ostrich princess which wasn't quite the wedding look I was aiming for.)  For reference, I'm 5'9" and a size 4 on top and 8 on the bottom, so this should be particularly helpful for tall pear-shaped women. And hopefully this series can help some shorter non-pear-shaped women too.

The Limited Romantic Dress

Model photos:

Me:

  • Pros: Ruffles, gorgeous silk chiffon material, lightweight and lovely, and RUFFLES. Seriously, I was in love with the ruffles. They were even charming enough to win over my mother (and she is not easily charmed by things as flimsy as ruffles. But these were particularly pretty and well-made ruffles.)
  • Cons: Um, you remember that bit where I mentioned I'm a size 4 on top? Yeah, I don't want a dress that somehow adds about four more sizes above that. The ruffles distracted me from the well-understood fashion truth that empire waists are appropriate for about two body types and pregnant ladies. The ruffles were devious. They called to me and then snuck in those extra sizes for the camera's benefit. Also, I could have used a bit more support in the bodice, but I could have added in some boning or cups during alterations without much cost or difficulty.
If you, however, have one of the two body types well-suited to empire waist dresses, I can absolutely vouch for the quality of this dress. And with the $298 price and decent return policy (60 days, mail returns only) it's absolutely worth trying it on.

23 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT ON YOU! (I don't see any of those "cons." Not one.)

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  2. yeah- not seeing any cons with that one either! LOVES.
    AND I think it's funny that we're on the same wavelength today- I'm running a here's me in a bunch of dresses post too, lol.
    I can't wait to guess at what you picked! :)

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  3. i am NOT a ruffles person.

    and i love this dress.

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  4. One of my favorite time-killing things to do is troll style blogs for photos of regular people in brand-name clothes, just to see how the fit differs from the catalog photo. So I love this whole post.

    I think that dress looks kind of fabulous on you... and I know what you mean about being made to look bulkier on top (I'm definitely pear-shaped, but I'm also a shortie). I don't notice that, though - I think because this dress really shows off your shoulders.

    More! More! ;-)

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  5. What a great idea to share what the dresses look like on a regular person! Also, I'm super excited for you that you've chosen a dress!

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  6. Beautiful -- and thank you. What size did you order this in? I have an almost identical body to you (5'8, 4 on top and 8 on bottom) and often have trouble knowing whether I can get away with ordering to fit my top, or if I have to go big and alter the top down . . .

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  7. I don't know what you're talking about. I love that dress on you. I think it was so so pretty and flattering. Ruffles are always so fun and can be flirty and flowy or elegant and timeless. I think that dress is just gorgeous.

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  8. @Anonymous - I ordered a 6, and I definitely needed alterations up top. I think I could have gone a size smaller and been okay, but I would also have been happy to invest in alterations on the size 6, after such a deal on the dress. I called the Limited to ask about height/sizing etc and they were very helpful. If you're really interested in this dress, I'd call to ask if you'd get charged extra shipping/return fees to order both sizes and try them on. (The dress arrived in a gorgeous wedding dress box, so shipping and return shipping *could* get pricey. I'm not sure, so check.)

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  9. I usually go for a plain vanilla style, but those ruffles...

    I can't wait to see what you ultimately chose (although I understand I do need to wait, bah). These dresses are making me wish I had waited and picked a white dress. Harumph. I have too much time and that only leaves me time to second-guess.

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  10. That is so gorgeous its sick! And your body looks slammin, I'm just sayin' :) Can't wait to see what you ended up choosing!

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  11. I agree, you look fabulous in this dress.

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  12. I don't see what you are seeing. You look fabulous in that dress.

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  13. I wanna get all Ru Paul on you and tell you to Work It! Damn girl!

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  14. Oh, Becca. I'm stunned. It's gorgeous. The bod looks GORGEOUS! I feel your pain too - 2/6 or 4/8 too, just an inch TALLER, which makes lengths a real issue. But wow - I didn't see any of the cons either. But it's YOUR dress and you have to feel dynamite (hm, second time I've used that word today). I CAN'T WAIT to figure out what you bought!!

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  15. i think it's really fun and pretty and unique but not too over the top - and you LOOK like you feel sassy in it! one of the most important things i think - that hip jutting out speaks volumes about how you feel in the dress...so excited to see the rest!

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  16. ooooh i can see why this dress drew you in! damn you devious ruffles :)

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  17. I actually think this looks good on you... It doesn't make you look big on the bottom at all!

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  18. Wow -- you look awesome in this dress. It flatters you more than the model. I disagree with all your "cons" and just love it on you!

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  19. there are no cons. looks amazing!

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  20. I'm dying to know ... what did you end up doing with this dress and the dress you bought from Wedding Chicks?

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  21. I think you look great in the dress. The dress is very beautiful. I can't wait to see which dress you did choose.

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  22. I think you look fab in the dress! So pretty... oooh wonder what you did choose now! :)

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  23. @Thirty-Something Bride and @ALosAngelesLove -
    I feel you both on the sizing ... I'm 2/4 on top, and 4/6 on bottom (depending on the store depends on the combination). For me, length is also an issue, because I'm 5'2".

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