Buying Your Ballroom Dress ONLINE Is a Big Financial Decision And While It Can Be Exciting, Often Comes With Stress And Worry

This article will take you through step-by-step process, helping you to make your ballroom dress-buying experience as easy and problem-free as possible.
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OK, So You Have Decided To Buy a Ballroom Dress ONLINE – But What’s Next?

The puzzle of website searching, choosing dress colour and design, finding a trusted dressmaker, dealing with terms and conditions, worrying about secure payments, on top of actually finding the dress of your dreams, is enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end.

First you need to decide what kind of dress is right for you?

And your options are:

  • Ready to wear dresses
  • Custom made dresses
  • Second hand dresses

Each of this options you have pros and cons. Let’s look at each of them in detail.


“Ready to wear” means that the dress has been already made and is available online for sale. It has certain design, color and size. The advantage of buying ready to wear dress is that you get and pay, for what you see. You don’t have to imagine what the dress will look like, based on the design or go through the custom-made dress process. Disadvantage is that you cannot change anything.

However if design, color and size of the dress are perfect for you this is a very good option. All you need to do is check quality of fabrics and stones used for the dress, terms and conditions, guarantee and payment.


If you can’t find the dress of your dreams on Internet, you should find a trusted and experienced dressmaker that will make one for you. Custom-made dress takes longer and requires more of your time and effort. Often it is also more expensive than ready to wear dress. And since it is made especially for you, most dressmakers won’t let you return it.

I said “most”, because there are some exceptions. For example our satisfaction guarantee allows you to return even custom made dress if you are not entirely happy with it, and get a FULL REFUND.)​

The advantage of custom-made dress is that you can actually get exactly what you want. You have full control over the design, color, fabrics and even decoration. And since dress is made to your specific measurements, it will fit much better then ready to wear or second-hand dress. So if you have a clear picture of what you want, and don’t want to settle for anything less then perfect, custom-made dress is definitely for you.​


If you are okay with wearing second-hand clothes, and are tight on the budget, that might be the best option for you.

The most important thing about buying second-hand dress is to get the most recent picture of the dress including some close ups. This will help you to determine condition of the dress. Some dancers post the pictures of a brand-new dress that is not showing it’s current state.

Another important thing is to ensure that if the dress doesn’t meet your expectations you can return it for a full refund. Second-hand dress can be quite dirty inside from self-tan or makeup that are difficult to wash and can even smell sometimes. Unfortunately you won’t be able to see it on the pictures. Make an agreement with person selling the dress, that if it doesn’t meet your expectations you can send it back for a full refund.

By now you should be a clear on what dress is for you: ready to wear, custom-made or second-hand? According to your choice, follow related step-by-step guide below.