Bo and Christa

Choosing another dress

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Where were we? Oh yes, planning a wedding in a few weeks. Let’s resume.

When my mom asked if she should bring my *wedding gown* to me for our little ceremony coming up, my response was “eh.”

Believe me, I do love my dress and think it would be great to get some mileage from the dress, but…it just didn’t feel right for this small ceremony. With some of the activities planned for the day (that I can’t wait to tell you about!), I needed something a little less high maintenance.

Enter short white dress search. I envisioned this going so simply: My best maid and I would commence upon the city’s department and dress stores in the few days before the wedding. We would drowned in options and magically find the PERFECT dress.

Well (big sigh), I guess it’s not that easy. I got the tip when much of my preliminary online store shopping resulted in “dress only available online” disclaimers. Crap. So, at a week a half to the wedding, I went ahead and freaked out. I furiously started throwing dresses into the virtual shopping cart at Nordies, assuring myself I would have enough white frocks to select a back up and could return the rest. After a few more deep breaths, I settled on only ordering 3 to ease the charges on my credit card. Then I scoured ebay and bought another dress. I really knew what I wanted all along. She looked like this:


Met her on an old Weddingbee classified ad as I searched for short  dresses. According to her owner, she was designed by ABS Allen Schwartz and was from Saks…last year. The owner didn’t reply to my pleads to buy her. And I never quite found anything that rubbed me quite the same way. After just a few anxious days, my packages arrived.

Here’s the damage: (All personal photos unless otherwise stated. Sorry about taking them in front of the window. My bad.)

From Adrianna Papell, this one-shoulder dress was the only one the followed the one-shoulder rule I had really wanted. However, they were out of my size, and this dress is one to two sizes bigger than my usual dress size. Even my 5-year-old noticed right away, after telling me I looked like a princess (which she always does :)). I really just ordered it because I wanted at least one dress that fit my initial vision for a one strap.

I ordered this Maggie London dress as a runner up to one that was similar, but backordered until September. I liked it, but it was a little low cut for comfort and I wasn’t as crazy about the fabric in this one compared to the one I traded it for.

Going in, I think I had highest hopes for this Calvin Klein petal appliqué dress. Reminded me of something you’d wear to a garden wedding. I did like it, but also wondered if it was too low cut and whether the hem was a bit short. My feeling was that it would make a fabulous flower girl dress, but not so sold about it on me.

Last, but not least, I present the BCBG strapless appliqué dress.  Sure, I could have gotten it from Nordstrom’s, but it was almost half price on Ebay, so I thought “why not?” It’s been very popular over the past year, a tried and true classic for rehearsals and small weddings like the one I was testing it for. It’s frequently made its way around bride classifieds and Ebay, so I knew if I waited a day or two, I could probably find it. Anyway, it does take a bit of effort to get the flowers to stand up 3D-like (see photo below) when it comes squished in a box, but I managed to get it closer than what I started with. This is how it is “supposed” to look:


I’d like to know exactly how they get it to look that amazing.  I guess it looks good enough in the photo that girls want to buy it, which is ultimately the end goal.

Anyway, which do you think I chose? Which would you choose?


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