We're very blessed to live in an era when frugality is something to be proud of. Now, people talk about how much they've saved by scoring vintage finds at the ukay-ukay or finding good deals on e-commerce websites.
While it's great to shop online for everyday finds, would you dare to do the same for big formal events, like say, a prom or a wedding? Despite all the risks of hitting that "add to cart" button, there have been some success stories that prove that ordering formal attire online may not be so bad after all. A bride already walked down the aisle in lovely ivory gown for her wedding, and now, we have Filipina YouTuber Rei Germar as the next study on Lazada-sourced fashion. In her recent vlog, she shows her haul of prom dresses, which she snapped up at really low prices. They ranged from P632 to P1036.
Out of the seven dresses she had ordered, only two lived up—and even exceeded—her expectations. Coincidentally, these two dresses were slinky, body-con dresses that fit her petite frame well. The rest of the gowns were either too big, came in not-so-quality fabric, or was just downright unflattering. Check out the entire video below:
If you're considering the prospect of conveniently ordering from Lazada as well (I mean, why shouldn't you? Everything's so cheap!), here are some tips based on Rei's experience:
1) Consider the fit.
Some designs may look really great on the model, but you have to consider your own frame before settling on a dress. Your body's proportions may be different from that of the model's so the dress won't fit you in the same way. For example, the black satin dress that Rei tried out didn't turn out well because the bust was too large on her. Some dresses were also too large on her even though she got the smallest size. Make sure you check out the exact measurements of the product (if available) beforehand.
2) Consider the fabric.
Try to stay away from intricate details (embroidery, beading) and seemingly luxe fabrics like lace, satin, and organza. There's a slim chance you'll be getting just as described. For example, Rei's white lace dress and green satin dress totally did not turn out as expected. The fabrics did not look as expensive as in the photos. On the other hand, her two black dresses turned out just right. These were made with a type of polyester blend fabric and crepe fabric, respectively. She was lucky the sequin detailing was on point, too!
3) Don't use the product photos as your only reference.
Conscientious shoppers know that the most responsible thing to do is to refer to the comments section. You can't rely on product photos. Ever. No matter how #aesthetic they look! Always browse through the comments. Most buyers give honest and even intensive reviews about the product, so that should help you make informed decisions...and avoid disappointment thereafter!