Weddingnesday… whoops I went dress shopping

23 Sep


This week past I didn’t do much thinking about wedding stuff – I’ve just been too busy with work, with diy and with life in general stuff. Then when we were down in London I spotted a shop called Fur Coat No Knickers, which had a great vintage dress in the window, and as I am on the hunt for a dress to wear to my industry awards do in a few weeks, we decided to go in…

Two seconds in there and we realised this shop really specialises in vintage wedding dresses. Which were all beautiful and gorgeous… which was exactly the opposite of how I was feeling on Sunday morning. In fact, I just felt a bit overwhelmed by it all so my little sis stepped in to take some pics for me.

Here were our favourite dresses…


I kept looking at the yellow one on the left here and my sis was looking at the white one with blue flowers… at this point it was striking me that other than thinking I wanted a short wedding dress I haven’t thought very much about what I would like…


My little sis is in love with the dress on the right… it wouldn’t suit me but it could maybe be a future bridesmaid’s dress perhaps?


We thought this was a bit too West Side Story for me… I’m not really a Maria kind of girl!


We both thought this dress hanging up here was so lovely… but it was intimidating me with its loveliness! Did anyone else feel like that when they first went wedding dress shopping?!

Since getting home, I’ve discovered that Fur Coat No Knickers have a blog where they show some of the lovely ladies who have worn their dresses. These are my favs – I love how different they all look:






Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

P.S. How did you find your perfect dress? Was it love at first sight? Did you have to go through a million dresses to find it? Do let me know!


27 Responses to “Weddingnesday… whoops I went dress shopping”

  1. Kerry (the seventy tree) 23/09/2009 at 10:02 AM #

    There are some absolute beauties here. I wore a vintage dress too. Mine came from somewhere in Bristol. I felt a little intimidated by some of the styles though…the lady thought the dress I chose should’ve been worn with a big poufy petticoat (a bit ‘Bo Peep’ for my liking), but I wanted more of a straight, floaty look (I’ll try and post a pic). I was glad I stuck to my guns, as that wouldn’t have been me. I think my dress was late 40s/early 50s…and cost £120. Pretty good. I did try on quite a few dresses, but only from this one place. I was pretty sure of what I wanted….a 50s style knee length….but ended up with a floor length!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:08 PM #

      Oh I would love to see your dress Kerry… I can’t help but imagine you surrounded by sheep now though! I suspect all my definiteness of wanting a knee length one may not end up so definite in the end too!

  2. Kerry (the seventy tree) 23/09/2009 at 10:03 AM #

    p.s. Good Luck! x

  3. fat mum slim 23/09/2009 at 10:42 AM #

    I love those vintage dresses! My dress? Well I thought I was really fat. I wasn’t. So I was scared to go dress shopping. I got married in October but I didn’t even go dress shopping until August. Even then I didn’t venture into a wedding shop. Instead I visited designer stores for a normal evening gown. I bought the first dress I tried on.

    There is part of me that wishes I went and tried on big wedding dresses, just for the heck of it.

    I think when I get back to my wedding weight I will do and try on dresses and pretend. I know that’s crazy… but I’ll do it anyway.

    I’ll be sharing my wedding pics for you on my anniversary which is the 15th of October. Keep an eye out for it. x

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:10 PM #

      I say do try on the dresses! I guess it’s funny how we do that to ourselves… don’t allow ourselves to try things because we aren’t ‘perfect’. Lesson noted!

      So looking forward to seeing your pics too! x

  4. Polly R 23/09/2009 at 10:52 AM #

    Wow I love the pictures of the brides at the end. They all look so gorgeous in their vintage-ness!

  5. Becca 23/09/2009 at 11:28 AM #

    Fur Coat No Knickers were at the Wedding Show at the NEC and had some gorgeous things on their stall, I meant to pop in last time I was in London but I forgot 😦
    I’m being difficult with my dress and having two, one I got from ebay – a big Jenny Packham one for £40 that’s very traditional for walking down the aisle, and then I’m going to make a shorter wedding dress from a 50’s wedding dress pattern for the dancing afterwards. I was lucky in that the ebay one was in perfect condition and fits like a glove (and was an utter bargain), but I’ve yet to start making my second dress so I might be back to ebay!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:11 PM #

      Becca, £40 is brilliant! Loving that… love the idea of making your second one too. I so know my sewing skills aren’t up to that! Let me know how you get on!!

  6. Fay 23/09/2009 at 1:40 PM #

    I got mine on eBay for £10.50! It was a vintage 1940s dress, in pretty mucky condition but with some love and a dry clean it scrubbed up very well. My mum altered it for me. I recommend regular eBay searches, just in case. Good luck!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:13 PM #

      Fay… my gast is flabbered or something like that… I am so going to save a search right now for vintage dresses! What a thrifty find indeed!!

  7. Laura 23/09/2009 at 1:41 PM #

    I think I will also opt for vintage, and that yellow one looks right up my street. I think I want a floral one too, but not sweet flowers but bold ones. I always watch don’t tell the bride and the dresses on there scare me to death. They look great for some people but the guys go into the shop and are faces with masses and masses of the same looking dresses, long ruffles, sparkles and the difference between white and ivory is really not worth bothering about. I reckon finding a dress that is totally you will have that moment as in “this is it!”.

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:15 PM #

      Laura, I’ve seen one episode now and yes it is all a world away from what me and the other half would want… though part of me does wonder what we’d end up with if I left it all down to him…

      I’d never really thought about the whole white/ivory thing… very true!

  8. jennifer 23/09/2009 at 3:27 PM #

    I love the creme colored one that’s hanging! I’m a sucker for lace. 🙂

  9. Meg 23/09/2009 at 4:43 PM #

    Ooh – lovely pics! Makes me wish I could do it all again (same man of course!)

    My only piece of advice is to try loads on. I fell for the second dress I tried on and even though it was definitely “the one” I wish I had gone through the process of trying on loads of different things partly just for the heck of it and partly to get rid off any weeny niggling doubts.

    You might like these links BTW:


  10. our little love nest 23/09/2009 at 7:14 PM #

    I found a simple skirt and jacket but I don’t think I went into any wedding dress shops. I found the ones here somewhat pretentious and fairly intimidating to me. I adore your last photos in this post. They look simply lovely! xoxo

  11. nath 23/09/2009 at 11:02 PM #

    well, my friend found my dress after we had done a lot of joint searching. it’s vintage (1930s – full length – it was about £30 – you’ve seen peeks of it on my blog), it had just come into the shop that morning and although she couldn’t get hold of me, she bought it! it was perfect and only needed a tiny bit of alteration to fit perfectly, and it felt wonderful. before that i tried on all sorts of things, mainly vintage although we did spend a very pleasurable afternoon in Liberty where i indulged in a bit of fantasy Vivienne Westwood. that dress you found intimidatingly lovely was my favourite – did you try it? this is a time to really have fun and try anything you fancy!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:19 PM #

      Nath, what an amazing friend you must have! And what a brilliant find so so impressed.

      No, didn’t try anything on that day – was feeling a bit ‘blaah’ which might have been the start of my cold – but was feeling rather unpretty so trying on pretty things didn’t really seem right. Stupid I know!

      And Vivienne Westwood… I would be terrified I either fell head over heels for it or managed to rip it or something!!

  12. evie 24/09/2009 at 11:12 AM #

    the dress hanging up is divine!! what and amazing shop to find – you lucky thing : )

  13. Lynne 25/09/2009 at 8:38 AM #

    Oh I LOVE that hanging dress. And I love the silky one of the girl with the purple flowers – it is gorgeous. Not sure if I imagine you as a lace type of girl (might be wrong) but I am sure you will find something gorgeous!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:20 PM #

      I don’t think you are wrong Lynne… I do own one lace dress but it’s a black, strapless 50s number that’s more prom queen gone bad… so that probably doesn’t count does it?!

  14. Hannah B 25/09/2009 at 3:37 PM #

    Zoe, Thank you for your lovely comments about my wedding! You made me blush! I wanted to say that we had a mostly outdoors wedding and had lovely weather and it was up north! there is hope for nice outdoors weddings up north!

    Re dresses: I bought the first dress I tried on. And I also didnt madly deeply fall in love with it either. I loved my dress but yeah it didnt make me faint in extasy. I wonder if the whole wedding dress shopping thing has been a tad over romantiscised? I am happy for women who find ‘that dream dress’ but im not sure its like that for everyone. Maybe it is and I just rushed it. Im not sure! Good luck though. (I love every single one of those dresses by the way)

    Remember though- none of this ‘i think its too lovely for me’ business- the question is whether IT is lovely ENOUGH for YOU!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:22 PM #

      Hannah, that is certainly a good thought to keep in mind… I might have to write that on my hand or something to remind me when I do next go dress hunting!

      And I’m glad someone else thinks it might all be a bit over-romanticised… Phew!

  15. Storeyshop 26/09/2009 at 6:44 PM #

    I like loads of those dresses! I have just ordered my dress. I went to LOTS of different shops and tried on LOTS of ‘proper’ wedding dresses and nice ‘normal’ white dresses.

    I was getting worried that I was being too romantic about it all and being too fussy but then I fell in love with two.. I believe in finding ‘The Two’!

    I finally picked and can’t wait to try my dress on again without bulldog clips all up the back. Happy shopping 🙂

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:23 PM #

      Storeyshop, did you buy both? I’ve heard of quite a few people having two recently… certainly takes the pressure off finding the ‘one’ I guess! 😉

  16. Gaynor 29/09/2009 at 5:05 PM #

    All of those dresses look fabulous!

    I tried on loads & loads of dresses! I think I tried about 45 in the end. I figured why not as I wouldnt get to do it again and I would never have been able to choose one without making sure I had seen all there was to offer! I would totally recommend it too as I loved it and its been my favourite shopping experience so far!

    I visited 9 different shops in Edinburgh on 4 days of shopping and I tried to make sure I covered every price range / budget. I ended up going to a 10th shop to buy it but it was the 8th dress I tried on my first day of shopping that I have bought!

    • Conversation Pieces 01/10/2009 at 2:25 PM #

      45? Oh my. Gaynor, it does sound like that might be the way to do it… to go on a mission! I’m usually a bit more random in finding dresses (normal ones that is, not wedding ones) and just pick them up when I come across them. Might have to change that strategy if I don’t come across anything though!!

      • Gaynor 01/10/2009 at 9:45 PM #

        Yeah would recommend the mission!

        Oh and I never had the total ‘oh my god, this is it’ when I tried it on. I do love love love it, but it just became the favourite after finding 5 (out of the 45) I could buy – 2 were far too expensive & 2 a bit too plain so was left with mine!

        I did see plenty people crying in the changing rooms with their mums which was def not going to happen with me & my mum.

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