Dress Shopping in NYC: Part Uno

I spent two weeks of my summer vacation visiting Lil Boa (my MOH), who lives in New York City and is an advertising student (she’s the artsy one in the family), to do some sisterly bonding. After a couple of days of staying home while she went out to work, I decided to be productive. My version of productiveness is bridal-gown shopping by myself. I hunted down the nearest bridal shop, which turned out to be Designer Loft. Luckily I could drop in without an appointment that day because they were having an open house. (Thank you, dress gods!)

After arriving, I quickly explained my bridal vision to the attendant, who in turn became very committed to help me achieve it and was so helpful throughout the afternoon. She picked out about eight dresses for me (all Jenny Packham), four of which I deemed decent enough to photograph.

Dress #1. This one was the attendant’s favorite…hence the reason there is a photo of it; I really didn’t like it. It made me feel matronly and old.


Dress #1 front


Dress #1 back

Dress #2. I liked how it moved and how light it felt and LOVED the illusion back, but it was too simple for my liking.


Dress #2 front


Dress #2 back

Dress #3. This one was everybody’s favorite. All my girlfriends and my sister are obsessed with how I look in this dress. (I do look kind of sexy, right?) Even though I like how tiny it makes my waist and how cute my bum looks in it, I think it looks a little too much like a prom dress and is too sexy for a Catholic wedding.


Dress #3 front


Dress # 3 back

Dress #4 . This is Mami Boa’s and FMIL Boa’s favorite. I loved the fabric; it felt like a cloud and the dress was super comfy. I was digging the off-the-shoulder look and I loved feeling like a wood nymph…buuut I felt the dress didn’t give me any shape—it just hung on my body.


Dress #4 front


Dress #4 back

It was a great wedding-dress-shopping experience, even though I didn’t find the one. The shop was very well organized and the attendants were very helpful.

Which dress do you guys like the best?


Mrs. Boa Constrictor

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  1. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:00 am

    The second and third are my favorites. You have such a great figure!

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    nicoleccmc, Guest @ 11:09 am

    Dress #3 Hands down!

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    caitlyn1109 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:15 am

    LOVE the second dress!

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 am

    The third is my favorite. I went to Designer Loft during their sample sale last month (which was FABULOUS)- the owner and employees are wonderful, very attentive, helpful and I got the impression they genuinely love what they do for a living!

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    petitfour 695 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 am

    Ooo! I love the last one!! So romantic

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    daybyday 2637 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:21 am

    I like two AND three, though I think your assessment of each is fair.

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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:21 am

    Yowza dress #3!!!!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:22 am

    I love love love the third one on you! it looks great – I think you could pull it off for a traditional catholic wedding just add a shaw or bolero for the ceremony!

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    amityjane 188 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:27 am

    dress 2 and 3, but i like 3 best on you a bit more :)

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    boaconstrictor 397 posts, Helper bee @ 11:27 am

    @Miss Hawk: Thanks!
    @nicoleccmc:Everyone seems to love that one!
    @caitlyn1109: Isn’t the back just divine!
    @ddavila2001: I’m glad you had such a good experience1 They were wonderful to me too.
    @Miss Petit Four: It is, you feel like floating on a cloud
    @daybyday: Thanks, it’s hard to really love a dress but deep down feel it’s not the one.
    @Mrs. High Wire: LOL
    @totheislnds: Thanks, but it would have to be a pretty big shawl though because it’s tight all over!

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    Jessoverall 304 posts, Helper bee @ 11:27 am

    3,1,2,4 Thats my order of favorites!
    I love love love your vision for your dress, so soft, romantic, and sexy! you look GOOOOORGEOUS!!! *le sigh*

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:29 am

    I like dress 3! Its very cute. You look good in dresses!!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 11:34 am

    3!! I think with something to cover your shoulders it could have been fine for a Catholic wedding, and you look GREAT in it. Can’t wait to see what you picked!

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    cnicker 90 posts, Worker bee @ 12:00 pm

    Super love dress #4, my style for sure!!

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    Porkchop 733 posts, Busy bee @ 12:05 pm

    Dress # 2 is amazzzzing!

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    mrshersch74 1047 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 pm

    not 4 !

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 12:05 pm

    Oooo… I love the back of dress 4!! It definitely goes with your “ethereal” look. can’t wait to see your choice!

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    danicalifornia 980 posts, Busy bee @ 12:23 pm

    Hee hee #1 said “The Proposal” dress all over it (The sandra bullock movie)

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:47 pm

    Oh wow, these dresses are be.yond. Just.. amazing. I wish I knew about this designer when I was searching.. I’m with your family and am totally loving #3 on you!

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    Mrs.H2B 1688 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:23 pm

    there is no competition with dress 3. It would be so sad if you did not get this.. and I don’t think it’s too sexy for a catholic venue at all. It just looks absolutely stunning. wow.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:24 pm

    All these dresses are simply fabulous and you my dear, are cute as a button! My fav is definitely #2 because the back is so fun, but I also love #3!!

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:26 pm

    I agree… Dress #3 is ah-maz-ing! Can’t wait to see what you ended up with!

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    Mrs. Halloween 53 posts, Worker bee @ 2:14 pm

    I think your dress should match the overall feel of your wedding (e.g. formal, beachy, vintage, garden). From a figure-flattering standpoint, I think #3 is the most waist-nipping and who doesn’t want that!

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    jennyfe43 53 posts, Worker bee @ 2:55 pm

    Love #3! Could you buy a shrug or something to make you feel better about wearing it during the ceremony?

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    TheMrs2013 1522 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:13 pm

    I loooove dress number 3!

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    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 4:30 pm

    Although I can’t wait to see the final decision….#3 is PERFECT! I don’t think it is too sex-ay…but what is most important is how you feel, so if it bothers you then that’s all that matters. Again, totally can’t wait to see the final choice!

  27. boaconstrictor Member
    boaconstrictor 397 posts, Helper bee @ 5:09 pm

    Thanks ladies! Though I loved the Jenny Packham dresses, I feel like none of them were the one. I will definitely be looking for a dress as waist cinching as #3, with a back as fun as #2 and as dreamy as #4.

    Another point against these dresses was the price. These 4 sample dresses at Designer Loft were around $1,000-$1,500 though a steal for a designer dress, they were all to expensive for my “Cheapest-thing-that-I-like-and can-make-work” budget. So the dress hunt continues!

  28. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:08 am

    Dress 3! Dress 3! Oh man… #2 is so pretty too!! :)

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    Magzie 40 posts, Newbee @ 12:24 am

    I looked at your Part Duo too and def nr 3 on this page is the BEST :)

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 12:33 pm

    number 3 – its super flattering!

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    luli29 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:21 pm

    #3 is DIVINE!

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