Friday, March 25, 2011

To Which Dress Should I Say Yes?

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that The Scientist and I are attending his sister's wedding this September (Labor Day weekend). The wedding will be held at a venue called The Barn on Walnut Hill. It's a large estate with a barn, farmhouse, gardens, etc.

It will be a traditional wedding, but more on the casual side with lots of DIY details. I've started the hunt for dresses - for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding itself. The rehearsal dinner will be a big lobster bake (chicken for me, though! I'm deathly allergic to lobster. *shakes fist*) so I might just wear a dress or skirt I already have. But here are a few that have caught my eye!







So far, I haven't been blown away by too many dresses. Maybe it's the season? Maybe it's me? I still have a little over 5 months so I'm sure I'll find something. I've had great luck in the past with discount stores like TJ Maxx and Ross, so I may have to browse their racks soon, too.

What's your favorite store or website for dress hunting?

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  1. I think the first two are the best candidates, but something about the stripes and colors of the second is striking me a lot. I think that would be flattering but also really cute! I vote #2!

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  2. I love, love the top one!

    I really like Anthropologie, Nordstrom and White House Black Market for dresses. ModCloth has lots of cute dresses too, but I've never actually bought one from them so I don't know how the quality is.

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  3. I LOVE #3 Its definitely different, but in a good way. Its hard to tell, but #4 looks a little more casual, so maybe it would be good for the rehearsal? TJ Maxx is great. Is there a Nordstrom Rack near you? It might be a regional thing, but once I found a $400 dress on clearance for $28 and it didn't even need alterations. I wish I could wear it all the time, but it is a bit chesty so I have to hide it around my family.

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  4. I love #1 and #3. They feel so nice and summery, but not so casual, too. When the regular stores like TJ Maxx and Ross fail me, I usually just hit the clearance racks of regular department stores. If you hit it at the right time you can get great deals on clothes that you can actually still wear for a few months before the seasons change.

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  5. These are all great picks. I don't really have a go-to store for dress shopping. But then, I haven't had to look for a dress for a specific event in a while. You could also try the outlets if you have the time and patience for it. Sometimes you come across really great deals.

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  6. I concur on #1 & #3. Around June is usually when a lot of the Spring/Summer stuff seems to go on sale so maybe in a couple months you'll have more luck :)

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  7. Cute dresses! I always go to Ann Taylor loft...they always have some cute summer dresses perfect for weddings! :)

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  8. I love 3 & 4, but I think 3 would be more appropriate for the wedding. Maybe pick up 4 for fun. :-)

    For dress hunting I usually stop by Anthropologie (or the site) first, but head over to Nordstrom or H&M sometimes. All different price points, but I think dresses are one of the hardest things to shop for.

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  9. I like the second one with the halter top- it is super cute!

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  10. 1, 3, and 5! Have you checked out Modcloth or Urbanoutfitters?

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  11. ALL very cute! I especially like the first and the third! Do you use Gilt.com? Or Ideeli.com? They have awesome deals on dresses (among other things) there.

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  12. @Becky - I know what you mean about the second one. It's not normally a color or pattern I would choose, but something about it jumped out at me.

    @Angela - I adore the top one, too. The style, colors, everything about it is just beautiful. I love the dresses on modcloth, but I haven't bought one either so I'm not sure how well made they are.

    @Amanda - I like #3, too. It comes in a few other colors but I liked the aqua the best. Nordstrom Rack is definitely a good choice. We have several in the area!

    @Witless Exposition - I love the summery look of them, too. They're fun and bright, and I think perfect for a late summer wedding.

    @E - Ooooh, the outlets would be a good place to look, too. I may have to devote a day to shopping up there. Wanna join me?

    @Sabrina - I definitely think it's still a little early to get the really good stuff. June sounds like a good time to look some more.

    @Betty - I haven't shopped at Ann Taylor in awhile, but that's an excellent suggestion!

    @Cass - I love the nautical look of #4, which might fit right in at a Maine lobster bake! I usually look at all those stores, too. I've actually had pretty good luck with sale racks at Anthro (can't afford anything there otherwise!)

    @KT - I love halter tops, too! I also like the little flower detail.

    @Nikki - I haven't looked at UO yet. I have a hard time visualizing their stuff on the website, so I may have to hit up the store soon.

    @Samantha - I do use gilt. That's a great idea, too! I haven't seen much lately, but I'll keep my eyes open.

    Thank you to all of you for your input!

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  13. #2 and #3 are my favorites! I love how flirty and summer-y they are. I don't really wear a lot of dresses, but I'm starting to do some dress shopping more and more because they are a lot of fun to wear! :)

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  14. #1, 2 and 3 are excellent, but I must have something against stripes because the last two aren't doing much for me.

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  15. i love that top one too! i'm another white house / black market fan - i've bought 3 dresses there now for weddings ! :)

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  16. Hi from mingle monday!

    these are all so cute - i personally love ModCloth

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  17. OMG, I pretty much want ALL of those dresses. But I think my favorite is the second one.

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