I Found My Dress Y'all

I can't even believe it.  The first store I visited on the first day I go shopping for a wedding dress.  Bam.  There it is.  It's everything I could dream of and more and I can't wait to show it to you!!!  Like, literally.  Can.not.wait!!!

So, what do you think?  Isn't it amazing?

SIKE.  (Remember when people used to say that?  Or am I just old??)  That dress is definitely NOT my dress.  That dress actually tried to eat me alive.  I believe this photo captures the moment I realized I was being suffocated by mutant coffee filters and started gasping for air.

I really did find my dress.  And I really did find it at the first store* I visited on the first day I went shopping.  But it's definitely not that blossoming flower pictured above.

So you wanna hear the story of finding the real dress?  Good!  Because, let's be honest, I was going to tell it anyway. 

Before we left my apartment, The Fiance asked if I'd be coming home with a dress, to which I replied, "Probably not."  On the drive over, I realized I was actually nervous that I wouldn't find anything.  Not just on this trip but, like, ever.  I'm really picky when it comes to clothes and I rarely like how something looks on me.  There's a reason I don't do outfit posts.  So as the reality of dress shopping sunk in, I realized my biggest fear was that I'd hate everything I tried on.

To make matters worse, I had very clear ideas of what I didn't want but no clue as to what I did want.  Romantic and traditional?  Modern and chic?  Quirky and different?  I don't know.  I just know I did not want strapless or poofy.  It's not that I don't think strapless or poofy is pretty.  It's gorgeous, actually.  It just didn't feel right for me.

So we walk into the very first store and about 95% of the dresses are either strapless, poofy, or both.  Awesome.  I found about 3 dresses that fit my criteria.  As I'm heading towards the dressing room, my logical lawyerly friend says I should probably try on "at least one" poofy strapless dress just so I can rule it out for sure.  I said, "Fine.  Pick one for me."

Famous last words.  The result was that lampshade you see above.  After she got her laughs, I moved on to the 3 dresses that were actual contenders.  The first was a lovely Claire Pettibone number with a very Downton Abbey vibe.  Which ended up making me look like a flat chested fifty-year old.  Again, nothing wrong with that.  Just not the look I'm going for.

The second was fine enough.  It was a pretty lace frock with cap sleeves.  It was actually quite lovely but - and I fully realized this is going to sound weird - it was too white.  I know, I know.  Who do I think I am?  Goldilocks?  But something about it just was not working with my skin tone.  It was so white it almost had a bluish tint to it.  I need a little warmth in my undertones.

I fully accepted that I wouldn't find a dress on that trip.  I was even chatting with the consultant about when new shipments come in so I could check back in a few weeks.  She suggested I at least give the third one a shot, even though I was having second thoughts about the neckline.  When I first put it on, I thought, "Oh... I kinda like this one... "  I stepped outside the dressing room to see it in the big mirror.  We stared at it for minutes on end, trying to find anything wrong with it.  It was perfect.  It's absolutely not what I thought I wanted and yet I can't imagine wanting anything else.

I took a full day and a half to think about it and boy, did I think about it.  I couldn't stop, actually.  I went to other shops and browsed more online but I just could not get it out of my mind.  So I went back yesterday morning and brought that little lady home where she belongs.  And I may or may not have put it on again when I got home even though it's at least one size too big at the moment . . .

*For those interested, I found the dress at Glamour Closet.  I was referred there by two of my future cousins-in-law who both found their dresses there, too.  They have locations in LA, SF, and Chicago if you're interested in checking them out. ;)




  1. Fab,think that will be one of your hardest jobs done!

  2. Sooo...I'm completely in love with the dress pictured...SIKE! Bahaha. Ha.
    But really, I'm so happy for you. Both for getting to try on the monstrosity and for finding YOUR DRESS so quickly! Congrats :)

  3. Hahaha - that dress is amazing in all the wrong ways! Bring on The Meringue!!! :-D

    You sound just like me and I don't do outfit posts for exactly the same reason. Really happy for you though that you've found "the one" now. Well done! xo

  4. Omg that looks like white jelly fishes are really eating you a alive!!! What was that designer thinking!!!! Definitely a huge SIke moment!!! =)

    Yeah though for finding your dress!!! I've heard it really can happen at that first store for the first time!! =) Yeah!!


  5. That's great. I too am super picky about my clothes. I'm glad you listened to the SA and tried it on. You just never know.

    Congrats on finding your dress!! Awesome!!


  6. woo I'm so glad you found one! I bet it's beautiful. When's the big day, again? I forget.

  7. first of all i knew the dress in the photo wasn't your dress because of the look on your face. second you know when you found the one i mean the dress because you can't stop thinking about it, you whether you realize it or not compare that dress to every dress you look at or try on afterwards and it is simple when you know you know!

  8. That's so exciting, I can't wait to see pictures of your actual dress on your WD! I actually gasped when I saw the picture posted, my god that's one hell of a gawdy dress!

  9. YAY!!!!! Can't wait to see it....after you post wedding photos of course.

  10. Can't wait to see your gorgeous wedding photos soon! Congrats on finding a dress! I think that's a good sign - when you are shopping/browsing online and all you can think about is that one dress. So glad you found one you love!!

  11. Congrats! Sounds like it's all coming together beautifully!

  12. Oh my gosh! I'm glad the mutant coffee filters didn't eat you alive.

    How exciting that you found your dress. It's nice checking things off of the to-do list. I can't wait to find out what your dress looks like... would you please hurry up, get married, and share your beautiful pictures already. ;)

  13. This is SO exciting! I can't wait to see what you chose :)

  14. How fun that you got to take it home right away! I ordered my dress and then didn't get mine in for months. I kind of forgot what it looked like by the time it finally came in :)

  15. Congrats on finding your dress! I'd like to see photos of someone who actually DID wear the sea urchin/coffee filter monstrosity just to see if it can be pulled off.

  16. Hey there! New follower! Dress is great...really. I mean...can't wait to see what you really picked out! :)

  17. There is no feeling that compares when you find THE dress!!!

    The Hartungs Blog

  18. Congrats on finding your dress!! I ended up finding mine at a little shop in the East Bay (Fremont) and it was perfect. Love at first site.
    But I didn't cry.


    I'm so happy for you!
    Megan @ thememoirsofmegan.com

  19. MAJOR YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so exciting! Congrats!!! Isn't it nice to be a big fat check into that box on your to-do list??!! Goldilocks...haahaa :D You crack me up! But it really does have to be juuuuuust right, right?! I am ecstatic for you :) Excited to see what you accomplish next! XO Brynn

  20. Awesome! And I can fully understand what a relief it must be to have chosen something when you're not sure you'll find anything... I'm in a similar boat! I'm incredibly particular about clothing and am actually going wedding dress shopping tonight. It'll be my first "real" dress shopping trip, so I'm very nervous... but will hold out hope I'll have the success you have! :)

  21. Yay - glad you found it! I can't wait to see what it looks like ON you

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