Did I buy a fake wedding dress? :(
So I've started looking around at wedding decorations & props on second hand sites such as Gumtree and Shpock. So recently I typed 'wedding' into the search bar and an AMAZING dress caught my eye. It was a Sottero & Midgley Holland dress (google it, it's amazing). At this point little naive me didn't even realise you could get fake wedding dresses! So I see it's not my size and I think 'I can slim down, I NEED to try it!'
The seller was wanting 440 for it and we haggled down to 350. It was unworn as she was now going abroad for her wedding and wanted a lighter dress. I should have knew it was too good to be true...
I went to view it and the dress is absolutely stunning, even better in person than on the photos. I needed to drop two dress sizes but when I was looking at it I knew I had to have it. So I asked how she would like to be paid as I didn't go with cash due to know knowing if I would like it. She asked for Paypal as we would both be protected - although then proceeded to ask for a friends & family payment. I totally understood as Paypal would have took a good chunk of the payment and she was already selling it for such a small amount.
Now fast forward 3 days and I can't stop looking at the dress. The tags all look genuine and the workmanship feels great but after googling the dress at work (because I'm totally in love) I noticed the straps are a full coverage type strap, only thin but opaque, whereas my dress has like a translucent strap where you will be able to see the skin beneath. Not a massive issue but a different detail.
As stated above the dress is stunning and if I knew it weren't genuine I wouldn't have minded buying it, the thing is I feel I have been ripped off. Sold this 'designer' gown with an rrp of £1795 for £350. I'm stupid - I know... But I genuinely didn't even know fake dresses existed. It still might not even be fake! Is there a way of me finding out? She did say it was a 'sample dress' which to be fair - I didn't know what it meant. I was so blinded by the gorgeousness of the dress I didn't even ask. I'm so disheartened by it all. The most important dress of my life Photos attached.