It’s your night, your look and your memories. You’ve been secretly planning it since you first saw the senior’s glammed up for their big night way back in first year. It’s every debutantes rite of passage to spend their last days in class daydreaming of their last big party with all their friends and least we forget: The Dress. No one spends this time predicting that finding their dream dress will involve Mum making you try on dress’s that Ga Ga would say no to and big sis fresh from an episode of Gok giving you a lecture on what suits your body shape.
You then hit the shops by yourself and are overrun with opinions with countless sales assistants pushing you into dress’s that are: ill fitted, dated, un-flattering, cliché and overpriced. You know what you want, you know your body and you know your style. It’s just impossible to find when it’s in your head and not in the shops, right?
“The photograph showed a very expensive designed dress and I thought I would order it. The dress arrived in a padded envelope A3 size, with a veil and stole, the veil had a paper edging around it like you would find on a paper doiley. The dress did not resemble the photo in any way, the finish on the dress was so amateurish I could have wept.’’
“I bought a dress from XXXXXXX through e-bay, I paid £170. The dress was two months late and completely unwearable. I took it to a dress maker to see if she could 'put it right'. She said there was nothing she could do. The material was wrong, it was cut completely wrong, it was the wrong size. The 'beautiful embroidery and beading' was stuck on 'patches' which were peeling off already. The company replied to several e-mails but I haven't had a penny back.”
“The dress took 10 weeks to arrive. It didn't look like anything in the picture. It was described as white/Ivory, when it came it was a grey/white, the arms where too tight, not even my size 10 daughter could get it on. There were pink marks on the seams where they had marked out the pattern. The cut of the dresses was wrong and didn't hang right.”
“This is what happened to a friend of mine. She purchased a dress on ebay that came from another country other than an EEC country. The dress came on time and it was a lovely dress, not as well made as you would have expected but OK for the price paid to the seller. However the sting came with the shipping costs, import duty and VAT. She could have purchased a better made dress than this from this country without the hassle. She also had to find a seamstress to alter the dress.”
“It took three months to arrive - they didn’t pay the postage so it was held at customs for 4 weeks. When I finally received it, it was dreadful. I got into it but on the first attempt to close the zip, it came off in my hand. It is totally unwearable. I e-mailed them loads of times but have had no reply.”
“I have too agree with the previous lady, I bought a dress from Ebay, it looked wonderful in the picture. I asked for it too be made in pale gold or ivory. It came in Olive Green Gold. I nearly died. The beads were bright orange gold. I first thought it was a practical joke. It looked like a halloween outfit.”