I went tonight (despite the snow) with my friend Shabana to try on wedding dresses at Davids Bridal.
I mostly went to just see what kind of style I like, and to try to get over my fear of me in a wedding dress.
I called Shabana because although I don’t see her nearly enough, she was a really good friend to me when I first move to Colorado. She was actually there when Mr. Gaunt and I met. She is also someone I feel very comfortable shopping with. She understands my frustrations with my size and lets me complain about armpit fat without making me feel like I’m obsessing over something stupid. In the end it was such a good choice to go with her. We had so much fun, and it was absolutely a positive experience.
Now on to the dresses! I tried on about 6 different dresses. Well one I only half tried on, things came to a screeching halt when I realized it was corset back…gag. As my consultant said “Every women has her deal breakers” Anyway, I tried on a number of different styles:
-Fit n Flare
I just wanted to see what looked best on me. I have a very standard hour-glass figure, broad hips and shoulders, smaller waste. I knew going in that an A-Line is what I’m SUPPOSE to wear, but I also HATE A-Line….HATE. A few other things I wasnt into:
Anyway here are a few I tried on. Please Note: The size that fit my waist and hips didn’t really fit my upper chest/shoulders. They of course said that when I ordered I would have it fitted so that it wasn’t squeezing me in like a bad muffin top.
Trying on dresses also reassured my decision that I WILL in fact be sporting a cardigan. It’s not just that my arms are overweight and ehem…soft. I also suffer from a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris which cause a discoloration and small red bumps on the outside of my upper arms. I also have a MAJOR freckle bathing suit tan line that I have developed over the last 3 years…its not going away. So all of these things mean I will NOT be sporting bare arms and back. Which is fine with me. Actually my consultant said that Cardigans are all the rage right now and that she thinks they are adorable….WIN!
I’m only showing you dresses I did not chose, as I plan on saving the “REAL” dress to reveal only on my wedding day.
The two dresses I’m interested in are VERY different. Everything about them is different. One is a dress that I would have thought I would HATE…and I kind of do. Its A-line and beaded and has a bit of a train. But it looked really stinking good on me…like REALLY good. The other one is one I picked out on their website as a bit of a dream dress. I was shocked to find how much I loved it in person too! However it doesn’t do as much for my figure. It’s not bad, just not as good as the other one.
So which do I pick, the one that looks amazing on me, but I don’t really like the style, or the one that I love the style, but isn’t as flattering?
Either way I did make a purchase! I bought the most beautiful rhinestone brooch belt with a champagne sash that matches the pearl necklace that Ms. G gave me for Christmas. It was a bit pricey, but my grandma sent me some Christmas money. The belt is literally to die for! I’m so in love with it. I also verified with my consultant that it would work with either dress I picked. I couldn’t be happier that I bought it!
Here is the last clincher. I came home and searched both dresses online to see if I could find them cheaper. The dress that I love the style of is available through another site $285 cheaper than at DB. The other one was not available. Hmm…something to think about.
I’m going to take Ms. G sometime soon to look at both dresses and help me make a decision. I was sort of planning on waiting to buy a dress until we moved, but based on the 3-4 month delivery time and then the 2 month alteration time, I may purchase it here and just take it with me. We will see.