Trying to find the right dress can be an extremely exasperating process (almost like hunting for the perfect apartment). You don’t really ever know exactly what you’re looking for, until you begin looking.
My favorite place to start the process is a big department store — like Bloomingdales or Nordstrom — where you have lots of designers and lots of options. Rather than being picky when you browse, be open-minded and grab everything in your size. Sometimes the results may surprise you.
Dress: DVF | Clutch: Dor L’Dor (similar) | Shoes: Aldo | Sunnies: DVF (similar) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelet: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot | Earrings: Wantable
A few weekends ago, I tried on close to 25 dresses in my search for a wedding look. In most cases, the dresses that I loved on the hanger didn’t translate well onto my figure. On the contrary, the dress I fell in love with was a bit underwhelming at first glance … and I had actually picked it out in a different color!
Not quite sure that cut is for you? Try it anyway. Or if the dressing room attendant offers you your size in a different color? Try it anyway. Be a ‘yes-woman’ in that dressing room. I mean you’re already stripped down … no one likes having to go out and do another lap!
I was a ‘yes-woman’, and my search ended with this amazing DVF dress. I initially saw it in yellow at Bloomingdales (of course, not in my size), but her collection inspired me to go to the flagship store in Meatpacking. They, too, didn’t have the yellow in my size (popular color this season ladies, take note!), but offered me the pink option instead. It fit perfectly, and the color was so vibrant and fun. So this pink number came home with me 5 minutes later.
As for the wedding day? I chose to double down on this dress’ bright bold nature with an equally bright pop of blue in the clutch. And since nude is a highly over-done shoe color, I jazzed it up with gold sandals instead.
Sometimes searching for the right dress can take just a few minutes, but most times it’s work. I can’t imagine what looking for a wedding dress will be like someday…