Friday, February 11, 2011

Vera Wang Collection at David's Bridal

I went to David's Bridal last night to try on the new Vera Wang collection.  I totally thought I'd fall in love with every single one, and end up taking one home with me.  But no such luck.  =(

First of all, the dresses weren't even on sale until today, but they got shipped the samples for people to try on yesterday.  However, they were only shipped a few sizes in each style.  In fact, they only got ONE of this one:

Unfortunately the size was too small for me.  Actually I found all her gowns ran a little small, especially in the chest area.  I don't even have big boobs, but it must have been made with really small framed flat chested girls in mind.  I think I have a broader rib cage circumference for my size, so sometimes I have problems with couture stuff that all tend to be tight in the chest.  The dress has a side zipper (hate those), and I wasn't even able to zip it up all the way around the rib cage.  But I thought the one shoulder strap was too high anyway so I wouldn't have bought it even if it fit.  The bottom though was very pretty with all the organza.  It wasn't too much at all, and was surprisingly flattering.  The belt doesn't come with it though.  You have to buy them separately.

This one, on the other hand, was way too much dress on the bottom!  I tried it in white:

This one they only had a size too big, which would have been ok but I couldn't deal with the bottom.  I don't see how anyone could walk in that dress.  I would practice hard because there would be a high probability of tripping down the aisle!  It's very dramatic, which doesn't fit what I want.  I really just tried it on for fun.  I also don't think the drop waist look flatters my shape.  So I will be avoiding this look from now on.

This is a horrible picture that barely shows the dress, but I liked this one the best and was seriously considering getting it:

You can't tell on this picture at all, but there's a flower on the side of the waist where her right arm is covering.  It's got a ribbon though, which really reminded me of an award ribbon you would get in elementary school.

It was pretty fugly.  But the flower petals all had unfinished edges anyway, so you could literally just cut it off and make it into another petal.  Same as the bottom hem, all unfinished, you could really save money on alterations by just cutting it shorter yourself if you need it shortened.  Lol.  I liked the fit of this dress the best, but it was a very different look because the whole dress is covered with this fine net.  My fiance, who I dragged with me, thought it made the dress look cheap.  I know it was the style she was going for, but must admit it did have a "homeless bride" kind of look which is not what I'm going for.  And the net would catch everything from dirt, to little branches, to sand, if I were to wear it.  At the end I decided that the only reason I was considering the dress was because it was a Vera Wang for only $700.  If it was a no name brand, I wouldn't have thought about it at all.  So I passed.

I also tried this one, in a size too big too, and it was pretty unflattering - the horizontal lines around the hips really widens you.

I was disappointed that I couldn't try on the other dresses in her line.  All the sizes that the store was sent were either too big or too small in the other styles.  But I found that the quality and workmanship of the Vera Wang gowns were excellent and a huge step up from the other gowns David's had.  If I liked the styles and they had my size, I would have got one over any other brand there in a heart beat.  

I would have liked to try these, though the first one has the same net material covering the entire dress.  At least it doesn't have a #1 ribbon!

I didn't try this one below on either even though they had my size.  It's just too ball gown like for me.  But it was gorgeous in person!  So much prettier than any other ball gown style at the store.  They didn't have this pink belt for sale though.  Maybe just not at the store I went to because I see that it's on their website.  It's so pretty and definitely makes the dress.  Without it it's just a plain white dress.  The belt is only $78, which is a pretty good price.  And it comes in different colors.  Maybe I should buy one even though I have no idea what kind of dress I'm going to end up with. 

Apparently these are very limited so they will be sold out probably before this weekend is over.  And the fall line won't come out till around August.  I can't wait that long.  So I guess it wasn't meant to be and my dress search continues! But damn, it would have been great to be able to get a Vera Wang for 1/10 of the price of her couture line.

They had some cute hair pieces though.  Like this one:

I definitely prefer a head band or some other simpler head piece over a veil.

Also, I guess it was a good thing to bring my fiance with me.  Because I tried on the Galina Signature dress for him again - the one that me and my friends liked the best when we were there on Sunday.  And he wasn't crazy about it.  I want to get a dress that we both love, of course, so I guess I'm passing on it too and will be dragging him with me to all kinds of bridal shops from now on.  Ha ha.  He should've just lied if he wanted to avoid going dress shopping!


  1. You're so funny with the elementary school ribbon and "homeless bride". They always say that when you've found the right dress you'll know right away. You've definitely got really great taste. For what it's worth, I really like the dress with the flower-one-strap-shoulder-thing from your first wedding dress post.

  2. That ball gown dress is really beautiful!!! You should try it on, I think it would look great on you, and sometimes the dress you think you want is different then what you end up with!

  3. Have you looked at the amsale brand -- she has timeless classically elegant pieces IMO -- I wore an amsale dress for my wedding and absolutely adored it!

  4. I am curious as to what you think of anthropology's BHLDN!

  5. @momof5: Thanks for the link! It looks beautiful. I like the look a lot. Very elegant. I bet you looked beautiful at your wedding!

    @Anon: I have looked briefly at a sneak peak of the Anthropology line a little while ago, but I don't think it's my style. Most of the dresses were very different and not conventional wedding dresses, which is cool. But overall I don't think it is for me. I don't know if this is the right way to describe it, but I'm not really into the "hippie chic" look.

  6. Totally agree! I thought a lot of the dresses looked yellow in hue giving the dresses a dated look almost. I am sure they would look right on the right person though. :)

  7. Sorry to hear this trip didn't work out for you! It sounds like trying on these dresses helped you to narrow in on what you do and don't want in a dress though.

  8. I think what I figured out is that I need a break from this dress shopping thing! Put it off for a while and maybe the perfect one will magically pop up! Hahaha

  9. Yay, so excited to see you are dress shopping, sorry it hasn't turned up THE dress yet
    Jcrew has a lovely line of wedding dresses that i occasionally peek at
    And I love the reciption dress, so cute!

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