Dressed to Impress: The Second Go-Around

Our first dress excursion was during my summer break from school. After not finding THE DRESS, I anticipated waiting until winter or spring break from school to try on any more dresses. And then I got an email from The Knot about a “local” boutique that was having a Maggie Sottero trunk show. I hoped they’d have my dream dress, and made an appointment on short notice.

MOH PT came with me, and we checked out this small boutique, CK Bridal Boutique, which I think has since closed. We met with Connie, who was very helpful and gave me some great advice, which was to ask about certain options offered by the designer. For example, Casablanca had some gorgeous dress offerings, and they will do customization (i.e., creating a sweetheart neckline, or adding straps, changing details, etc.), which was a huge draw for me, since I couldn’t seem to find anything that was perfect as-is.

Sorry for the blurry cell phone pics, y’all. Super mega apologies, too, for not having any links to what these dress styles were! I think they were older styles of Maggie Sottero and Casablanca, and I couldn’t find similar ones online.

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This one is a little more of a mermaid than I tried on before, and we modified the neckline to be a little more of a sweetheart. It didn’t wow me, though, so we moved on.

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This was another satin gown, which was pretty much the only one that satisfied my love for bling, but not lace—and not at all what I wanted.

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I categorized this one with the tiers of lace as part of the “tablecloth lace” category, so it was quickly vetoed, even if it had some pretty characteristics, like the scalloped edge on top.  It just doesn’t say “wedding” for me.

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This one was probably the best option of this stop.  But it didn’t have bling, and it didn’t have anything special for me.

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It may have had a little something to do with the fact that this sample was gigantic on me, but I thought this one was awful. I think this is an old Maggie, but I could be wrong.

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To finish on a high note, this one had great beading, lace, and a sweetheart neckline. Overall a really nice dress. But I still didn’t love it.

It was really at this stop that I started realizing that I really just wanted what I wanted. Connie asked me if I had picked a dress already, and I said, “No, but I have a dream dress.” And she said, “Then you’re just going to keep comparing everything else to that dream dress.” Such obvious words, but she was so right. The reason nothing was working for me was because I was trying to compare these dresses to what I had in mind”¦even though that idea was totally different from the dresses I was trying on.

It was time to quit trying on other dresses for the sake of trying on different styles, and time to buckle down and try on the dresses that I could see myself wearing!

I did a little more online searching, and loved this Maggie Sottero dress, too.

Lorie by Maggie Sottero

This dress fit all my criteria—straps, lace, bling, a nice (small) train, slim fit. However, I don’t really have pronounced shoulders, which means that straps slip off my shoulders fairly easily. Almost as annoying as strapless dresses. I’m really just not made for dresses!

I even thought about something with sleeves to help my straps/strapless issue.

Theda by Maggie Sottero

But for now, MOH PT and I packed it up, thanked Connie for her time, and with no plans for dress shopping ahead, went back to the drawing board.

Did you have someone point out an obvious truth to you while you were shopping? Was your dress shopping a multiple-day experience? Did you have to go back to the drawing board?


Miss Parisian

Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
September 2014
Top 10 Wedding Ideas from Pinterest: February 26, 2014
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  1. Member
    Jen041815 923 posts, Busy bee @ 12:18 pm

    I love my MS Lorie! Can’t wait to see more of your dress search.

  2. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:57 pm

    I like the first and last one on you, but definitely agree that they’re not the ones!
    I went with Casablanca, and intended to do all kinds of adjustments because I was just as picky as you. I ended up going in different direction and not doing that at all, but it sure is a fun idea!

  3. msbarn Member
    Mrs. Barn 45 posts, Newbee @ 2:25 pm

    I had the same problem you did. I already had a dress in mind that I was loving so when I went shopping I just didn’t like anything.

  4. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:44 pm

    As a Lorie bride, I can’t speak highly enough of it! :)

  5. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 2:56 pm

    Don’t leave me hanging – what’s your dream dress, lady??

    Definitely not feeling that satin dress on you. My favorites so far have been lace + sweetheart necklines. Can’t wait to see what you go with!

  6. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 4:24 pm

    I’m a Lorie bride too!!

    I love your face in the tablecloth dress, priceless! Obviously not…the one. 😉

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    First_Time_Planner 3 posts, Wannabee @ 10:35 pm

    Finding my dream dress took a LOT of hardwork- I think I tried on well over a 100 dresses which was not what I expected at all! I went first in Liverpool with my FI’s mother and sister- my bridesmaid. We went to 3 different shops and tried on a lot of different styles but didnt find one I loved! I then went in london with my sister and again went to a number of different boutiques- still no luck. I decided I needed to google styles I liked so I did and found a lot of Mori Lee ones that I loved. So I found a local shop that stocked them and went there- lots of gorgeous dresses but still not the one! I then moved to work in Kuwait for a year- looked in four different shops there! So Arabic ones, a Rosa Clara shop and a pronovias shop. Again saw a couple that I liked but nothing I loved! When I went home at Christmas I new I HAD to find a dress as was going back to Kuwait again and the wedding will be this summer so it was my last chance! So I organized a bridesmaid weekend of hitting the shops in search of THE dress! I think we looked n 5 different shops- tried on endless dresses but found 3 that I LOVED. So I came back the next week with my mum and we chose one for those 3 together- and it’s perfect. So it was worth the wait!! Good luck in your hunt!

  8. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:51 am

    You look so pretty in the dresses. I love you in lace!

  9. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 5:21 am

    @Jen041815: @Mrs. Campfire: @Mrs. Jet Setter: I didn’t even realize you ladies had Lorie! Soooo pretty. :)
    @Miss Pyramid: It’s such a nice option to have!@Miss Barn: Yeah, I mean I had characteristics that I liked, but I really liked them all together, so nothing was really doing it for me. 😉
    @Miss Filly: I mentioned it in my previous post with a picture – my dream dress was Maggie Sottero Bernadette.
    @Mrs. Gondola: Thanks! I can’t get enough lace. 😉

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    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:50 am

    I realized that looking at magazines and online was useless in my case b/c I had a strict budget and there was no way I could chase a dream dress across the state or country since all bridal stores carry different dresses. I just knew what I did want except that’s exactly what I ended up with. I just tried a dress b/c it was interesting and when I put it on, I realized how unique it was, my boobs looked amazing and I took a leap and said yes. I just didn’t want to keep on looking b/c I tend to be picky and I didn’t want to find something that I would love but I couldn’t afford. I fell in love with the dress and the price.
    I hope you can find your perfect dress. I did love that last dress on you though. Good luck!

  11. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 6:01 am

    @Saramina329: I was afraid of falling for a dress and not being able to afford it too, which was part of why I didn’t want to try on my dream dress in the beginning, since I was afraid of wanting to buy it at whatever cost!

  12. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 8:37 am

    @First_Time_Planner: I’m glad it ended up well! Mine did too. 😉

  13. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 6:57 pm

    @Miss Pyramid: Just as a side note, the last dress that I am wearing was Maggie Sottero’s Beatrice.

  14. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:22 am

    I think I tried on that satin dress, but it totally wasn’t me. Lace really suits you!

  15. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: I liked the little split/peekaboo of the satin dress, but overall I just didn’t want satin and I knew it. I definitely think lace suits me too! :)

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