Long-Distance Dress Shopping: My Choice

Given the subject matter at hand:



The David’s Bridal dress, whose antique, flowy vibe caught my eye?


Floral Burnout Chiffon Gown by David’s Bridal

Or the J.Crew, whose classic simplicity I loved?


Sophia in Silk Chiffon by J. Crew

I emailed my bridesmaid/sister Kay, telling her my thoughts—the DB was fancier, but could it end up looking too trendy? I really wanted a classic look that wouldn’t be too laughable 10 years into the future. She noted the DB, though pretty, would be best if our wedding was dressier, the J.Crew better for a more casual affair.

What settled it for me was putting both dresses in their respective shopping carts and pretending to check out in order to see the total price with shipping and duties included (yay Canada!). The David’s Bridal came to about $60 less than the J.Crew.

When it came down to buying a dress from David’s Bridal or buying a dress from J.Crew, I figured the J.Crew would likely be of higher quality, something that I could put away and be confident knowing it would last the test of time. For $60 more, that was worth it to me. And, I knew the J.Crew would stand up to accessorizing as it’s more of a blank slate than the DB dress.

I had to jump on the sale price, so I ordered it that evening.

Raise your hand if you’re a J.Crew bride!


Mrs. Dragon

Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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  1. Member
    ellieaus 23 posts, Newbee @ 4:28 pm

    Congratulations on choosing your dress!!! I love the J Crew one..is it feeling real now?

  2. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:48 pm

    That dress is beautiful! Yay!

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:51 pm

    Such a beautiful dress, JCrew always makes wonderful dresses :)

  4. woodpecker Member
    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 5:11 pm

    I wish I could raise my hand…I love j.crew, but they didn’t have any lace dresses when I was looking. Yours in beautiful!

  5. scone Member
    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:42 pm

    Beautiful dress! Can’t raise my hand but love that dress!

  6. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:56 pm

    yaaaay! cannot wait to see you in this gorgeous number, Miss D :)

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    Aud1628 540 posts, Busy bee @ 6:02 pm

    Great choice!! I can’t wait to see it on you, I agree 100% I think the J Crew dress will stand the test of time and still be classy 10 yrs from now!

  8. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:27 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    @ellieaus: Getting there! :) All the big pieces are falling to place.

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    Katie, Guest @ 6:58 pm

    That was my dress! I loved it!!

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    Ell, Guest @ 7:37 pm

    HOLLA! i’m a jCrew bride! I’m wearing the Gracie gown in Sept. I had to order it from ebay sight unseen with never so much as trying it on. But, i knew it was the one.

    I agree with you regarding the accessories!! I’m adding a belt and minimal jewelry.
    Its lovely. Jcrew does themselves proud!!!

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 8:08 pm

    Beautiful choice! Classic, simple, feminine for the win. :)

  12. Member
    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 8:29 pm

    I love the Sophia dress! I have a navy one in tea length!

  13. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:52 am

    I can’t wait to see it on you, beautiful choice!

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    fionak 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:12 am

    Excellent choice!

  15. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:23 am

    Very beautiful choice!

  16. coyote Member
    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:58 am

    Great choice, such a beautiful gown!!

  17. mssocks Member
    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:55 am

    It’s so beautiful!! Good choice!

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    Lisawhite, Guest @ 12:44 am

    I like the first one!It’s awesome!Thanks for shairng!

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