When I went to my first bridal appointment since Elegant Lace, I was still firmly attached to this dress:
(I think Laura was right about it being this one instead of the one that I thought it was).
Since I was pretty sure I still wanted that one, I treated this appointment as an opportunity to explore styles I hadn't really tried on previously. Namely, mermaids. I've always had a thing for mermaid dresses, but since I wanted a full skirt, I had barely tried on anything form-fitting during my first round of dress shopping. But of course I fell in love with the first mermaid dress I tried on at Eva's Bridal of Orland Park. I didn't get the style number or even the designer from the saleslady, but it looked pretty similar to this dress (which I also love):
OK, actually, looking at it now, the cuts are significantly different, but the feel of this dress is similar to the other one. Anyway, it was the first time I had fallen in love with a mermaid dress but also the first time I had fallen for lace. Both of my wedding buddies were big fans of lace when we were looking for dresses together, but I never understood the appeal. Until now. Something about that dress just spoke to me, and I started to doubt my original "princess dresses only" approach to dress shopping.
Eva's Bridal also happened to have my beloved Monalisa, and as you know, when I tried it on again, I started seriously thinking about buying it. Though that didn't really work out, having a dress in mind really shaped my dress search in Chicago because I compared every dress I tried on to Monalisa.
I went to a few other salons around Chicago, but I didn't find anything that really spoke to me. Part of this was comparing everything to Monalisa, but I think the main problem was that I was looking for dresses in the city. As I said in Part 2 of my search, I find suburban shopping to be much more fruitful than its urban counterpart, and that experience has definitely stayed true in Chicago. It wasn't until I visited Demetrios in the northern suburbs that my search actually went somewhere, but as that experience deserves its own post, you'll have to stay tuned to learn about my major moment of self-discovery.
Have your tastes changed over time? Did you find dresses that you were sure you would buy at the beginning of your search that you were later sure were wrong for you?