7 Common Dress Shopping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Avoid Dress buying mistakes

Finding the right dress for special occasions involves knowing what can hinder your progress. Here are common dress shopping mistakes and how to avoid them.

Ralph Lauren once said, "I don't design clothes. I design dreams." We can take this thinking and apply it in a similar way to dress shopping: we don't shop for dresses, but for that dream look that a dress can contribute towards.

For many, dress shopping is an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful if you're not prepared. Whether you're shopping for a special occasion or just looking to update your everyday wardrobe, it's important to avoid common dress shopping mistakes that can ruin the experience.

So here we present seven common dress-shopping mistakes and how to avoid them. Read on to become a dress-shopping pro where you can create that dream look every time you buy.

1. Lacking a Clear Idea of What You Want

Before you even step foot in a store or start browsing online, it's important to have a clear idea of what you're looking for in a dress. Are you shopping for a specific occasion, like a wedding or prom? When it comes to trends for dresses, do you have a particular style in mind, like boho chic or classic?

Knowing your style and the purpose of the dress will help you narrow down your options and make the shopping process much easier. It can be helpful to create a mood board or make a list of the features you want in a dress to give yourself a better idea of what you're looking for.

2. Ignoring Your Body Type

Not all dresses are created equal, and it's important to choose a style that flatters your body type. If you have an hourglass figure, for example, you'll want to look for dresses that cinch at the waist to show off your curves.

If you have a pear-shaped body, opt for dresses that are flared at the bottom to balance out your proportions. Remember, the goal is to highlight your best features and feel confident in what you're wearing.

Don't be afraid to try on different styles to see what looks best on you. It can also be helpful to seek out the advice of a stylist or a friend with a good eye for fashion.

3. Skipping the Fitting Room

It's tempting to just grab a dress off the rack and assume it will fit, but this can be a big mistake. Even if you think you know your size, it's always a good idea to try dresses on in the fitting room.

Sizing can vary greatly between brands and styles, and what fits in one dress may not fit in another. Plus, trying on dresses will give you a better idea of how they look and feel on your body, helping you make a more informed decision.

Don't hesitate to ask for a bigger or smaller size if the fit isn't quite right. It's better to take the extra time to find the perfect fit than to end up with a dress that doesn't fit properly.

4. Not Considering Fabrics

The fabric of a dress can make a big difference in how it looks and feels. If you're shopping for an occasion that requires a formal or evening dress, you'll want to look for something with more luxurious fabric, like silk or satin.

For everyday dresses, look for fabrics that are comfortable and easy to care for, like cotton or jersey. Consider the weather as well – if you're shopping for a summer dress, you'll want something light and airy to keep you cool. Think about how you'll be wearing the dress and what type of fabric will be most comfortable and practical for your needs.

5. Missing the Details

It's the little things that can make or break a dress, so it's worth paying attention to the details. Check the hemline to make sure it's even, and look for any loose threads or unfinished edges.

If you're shopping online, be sure to read the product descriptions carefully to get a sense of the fit and any special details. Look for well-constructed dresses with high-quality materials and finishes, as these will likely be more durable and hold up better over time.

6. Not Trying It on With the Right Shoes and Underwear

The shoes and undergarments you wear with a dress can make a big difference in how it looks. For instance, a formal evening dress may look best with heels and a full-coverage bra, while a casual sundress might be better with sandals and a bralette.

When trying on dresses in a local dress store, be sure to bring along a variety of shoes and undergarments so you can get a full picture of how the dress will look when you wear it. Try to mix and match different combinations to find the perfect look. It can also be helpful to bring along a jacket or wrap if you're unsure about the fit or want to see how the dress looks with additional layers.

7. Being Closed-Minded

It's easy to get stuck in a rut and only look for types of dresses that are similar to what you already own, but it can be fun and rewarding to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Why not try on styles you wouldn't normally go for? You might be surprised at how much you love a dress that's outside of your usual style.

Be open to trying different colors, patterns, and shapes, and remember that fashion is all about self-expression and having fun with your personal style. Don't be afraid to take risks and experiment with different looks.

You never know what you might discover about your style and what looks best on you when you step out of your comfort zone.

Avoid These Dress Shopping Mistakes

Make dress shopping mistakes a clumsy memory of the past. By having a clear idea of what you're looking for, choosing a style that flatters your body type, and trying on dresses in the fitting room, you can make some killer dress choices. 

Also by considering the fabric, paying attention to the details, and being open to trying something new, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect dress. 

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