Saturday, December 5, 2009

My feelings on “THE dress,” part 1

I was looking back through my old posts, and I realized that I have never really delved too much into my dress selection process. And…I feel that I probably should, because my experience was, I guess, not the magical one that I had imagined it to be. Let me explain…

For those of you who don’t know me or can’t tell from pictures, I am a small human being. I’m about 5’2”/5’3,” and I weigh just over 100 pounds. I’m “fun size.” I have a hard time shopping at a lot of stores; at some retailers their XS’s or 0’s are too big for me. So, when it came to dress shopping, I had a lot of things to keep in mind.

I went into my dress search with a pretty distinct vision. I’d like to think that I know how to dress myself properly, and that when it came to shopping for dresses, I’d be no different.

I knew for certain that I had to stray away from dresses with “poof,” as they would completely swallow me alive. They aren’t my style anyway. Besides, I am confident about my body, so I did want to find a gown that showed off my figure!

Another thing I was sure of? Lace. There is just something so romantic about lace, and it is timeless. I just had to have a dress made of lace.

Finally, I knew that I wanted a sweetheart neckline if possible. I’m not ashamed to admit it; I am pretty much flat as a pancake up top…which I actually LIKE (gasp! What?!?! I know, who would think?). However, when it comes to clothing with strapless necklines, I start to look like a washboard. Not the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen.

So, what were my original dress inspirations? I sourced them all from The Knot:

Raidis by Pronovias

I love the flowy nature of the dress…the babydoll shape would possibly be a good look on me.

Rocha by Monique Lhuillier

Sigh. Doesn’t need words.

Gwenyth by Renella De Fina Couture

This is one of the closest images to what I was going for in my overall look. Yum.

And then, I happened to come across Cymbeline, and I fell in love with some of the dresses…most notably Agadir…

The halter wasn’t what I originally wanted, but the dress was just so gorgeous…I wanted very very badly to at least try it on…

As for my budget? Honestly, I was trying to keep the dress itself around $1,000 or less. Did I succeed? Time will tell…

So…I had my inspiration and my price requirements…then it was on to the stores to make my dreams into reality!


  1. Your inspiration dresses were all divine! Can't wait to see more!

  2. Well I love your selection of dresses and since you have the same height and the same weight as I did when I prepared to get married, dress number 2 is the closest to my wedding dress and it definitely worked for me. Please let us know aht you select :)

  3. Those are gorge! I watch the show 'Say Yes to the Dress' all.the.time and I think it confuses me about what I'd want in a future dress. There's so many to choose from, but it seems that you have picked out something beautiful! Can't wait to see it!

  4. I'm anxious to see if your dress is anything like your inspirations! I had a whole bunch of inspirations in my head and hand and picked one that was nothing like it.

  5. I can't wait to see! I was way under my budget- so happy! Try Mori Lee. Gorgeous dresses :)

  6. Love your inspiration pictures! Lace is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you picked!


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