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My daughter is in Year 12 and will be having a school formal in September and we have been looking around for a dress but so expensive as she wants a long dress some of them range from $200 to $500 or more I have not done any online shopping before and was wondering if they are reliable to use as they seem to be cheaper and I was concerned that if the dress does not fit probably will they exchange it


Posted by sisterhood27, 27th May 2014


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  • My daughter went through this over a year ago and she bought one at Myer even though she had to exchanged it the last minute because she said she gained weight and couldn’t fit into it . Even though it is consider a formal buy something that she will wear again and again and then you will say yep it was well worth it .

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  • I got a couple of dresses online and yes,mother are very different in person then how they look online. A classy glamorous looking dress online is actually quite cheap and tacky looking for real. I ended up spending a whole day traipsing around Hobart. We found one everyone loved for $250. Ordeal over

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  • We got one online and where so disappointed in it, the sewing was crap and it looked horrible. We did get a refund but it cost us to return the dress in the end we got a lovely dress from target that no one else had and people could not believe it was from target

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  • Online shopping can be a hit or a miss. Do your homework and read their reviews and returns policy.

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  • personally i wouldn’t get one online unless i tried it on in store first and then google the dress to see if its cheaper online…

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  • check the reviews on any site you are thinking of using, most people who have had a bad experience will leave a bad review.

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  • on line you send all measurements that they need but do allow a little extra time in case a few small bit needs to be taken in or any thing but every thing I have bought I have never had a problem. My Daughter is 30 this yer and dress prices were about that then so she designed her own and we had it made which cost me more. All I can say is give all measurements and even the ones they don’t as for as than they can’t go wrong

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  • The first thing you need to do is try on dresses somewhere first, so you can get the correct dress, and sizing for her.if you do your research you can find a lot of bridal houses that sell dresses cheaper these arse usually a fare way out of the CBD.. One wetherill park and Alexandria in Sydney have a lot of their factories with a dress part attached, you can get dresses a lot cheaper there.

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  • My daughter bought a dress online last year as did lots of her friends for their formal. My daughter was disappointed with hers as the fabric was pretty cheap and although the dress looked OK on the quality was poor. We did ask for a refund, which they did, but they charged a restocking fee and we had to pay return postage. All up it cost us about $80, with no dress at the end. However, some of her friends were happy enough with their dresses. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it depends what your daughter is after. If you have a Swish shop in your area, they have lots of long dresses at reasonable prices, but you need to check them carefully. Good luck.

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