Unlike, I think, many girls, dress shopping really wasn't a priority for me. I glanced a few, but I honestly began looking for bridesmaid dresses before I started looking for my own wedding gown. Still, reading about other brides shopping for dresses made me think that I should at least have a better idea of what style I was attracted to. Then I saw... her:
|Vineyard Nora by Priscilla of Boston|
Luckily, lace dresses are en vogue and once I had an idea in mind, it was easy to find other dresses that had this same style.
Allure 8825 fit the bill, with lacy sleeves and a pretty shape reminiscent of the Vineyard Nora. They didn't have the black sash on the sample, which is probably best since it's a little too modern for my tastes. However, I did find that this dress really needs a sash to accentuate the waist. I tried it with a matching ivory sash and it did the trick, though I think I'd look for something with more bang if I bought this dress.
The next dress wasn't at all similar to my inspiration dress, but it was one of the few dress pictures I saw in a magazine and loved enough to tear it out:
Finally, we come to the dress that when I first saw it online, I almost bought it without even trying it on. It seemed to embody the lacy, vintage elegance that I'd been hoping for in a dress. It was also sleeveless, which - even though I love the look of capped and halter sleeves - I secretly felt would suit me best.
|The trailing lace in the back?? Swoon.|
Now, if you've been reading this post and thinking, "All these dresses are nice, but what we really need is a picture of Y in a dress!" You're in luck! We weren't technically allowed to take pictures of any of the dresses, but the consultant helping us wandered away for about 20 minutes after I tried on my last dress, the Casablanca. After a bit of "WTH?" we took advantage of her negligence and snapped a few quick shots on my dad's camera phone. So, without further ado...
|Sorry about the 'meh' expression, I was trying to be sneaky!|
|With a blingy sash|
As you can probably guess, I didn't break down and buy a dress on Sunday. I didn't even pick a favorite. Now that I know a little more about what silhouettes look best and what details I like, I want to search around more and try some more styles on before I decide. Honestly, I'm still hoping for that "OMGYES!" moment, but who knows if that will really happen.
Did you pick a dress on your first time out? Did you immediately know which one you wanted, or was your reaction less emotional? And, hey, if you had to pick - which one of these three would you go for?