Awful dress shopping experience…advice/rant/size issues.

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but honestly, just take a deep breath and make an appointment at a different shop (with good reviews on yelp). Take your mom or some girlfriends with you and try to have some fun. 

I do think it’s odd that you weren’t able to fit in any of the dresses, but it could very well be just a weird store. I’m heavier and shorter than you and was able to fit in many dresses, so you’ll be fine. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Tuscan Farmhouse

Deep breath – you are not big by any means! I have an ‘off the rack’ store also and see lovely ladies of all shapes and sizes and I’ve never been in that situation. It’s true you’ll likely need to go up a size in bridal compared to street size but some designers also run pretty true to size. Also need to bear in mind some silhouettes are more forgiving than others.  I can’t believe they couldn’t find a dress to fit you! Sounds to me like you have a great figure for bridal.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m sorry your experience didn’t go well; I would definitely not say that it’s typical of popular bridal stores. I’m a street-size 6 in literally every store at the mall and they said my measurements were the “perfect bridal size 12”. I was shocked that the sizing difference was so huge. Having said that, I had a great experience and it’s 100% because I only went to one bridal store after days of research into the most highly rated bridal store in my city with the best experience-based reviews.

Long story short, I would recommend getting on yelp and finding a shop in your area that has great customer reviews. Don’t waste your time on discount stores or conveniently placed ones that are only going to make you feel bad about yourself. Great customer service wins every time.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

michfurn:  

What designer was it do you know? I work in a bridal shop so I am really intrigued. I am similar to you I used be a track star as a kid but due to numerous foot injuries free running is not longer an option and working out is painful unless I use machines. So while I may not be ‘standard’ heavy I am the heaivest I have ever been so I see things differently than others when I look in the mirror. When I ran I was 110 now I am 130. Sometimes when we are slow I try the dresses as I too am trying to figure out what style I like. Nothing makes you feel more insecure than trying on wedding dresses.

Tha’s why I always tell my brides its simply a numer just ignore it. They run small due to international sizing so European girls have to deal with this everyday we just have to for the dress. Some brands that run truer to American sizing is Wtoo, Da Vinci and Essense of Australia. The other brands we carry in the store especially Pronovias and Mori Lee run super small, so just be aware. I am sorry if your consultant was not supportive or gave you the low down I know I always try to be with my first time brides. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  llussier.
Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Wow, I’m really sorry you had to feel that way. It sounds like you were really going into this with such a positive attitude, and I think it’s really ridiculous that the store didn’t have ANYthing your size. I’m a street size 8 and I knew it was going to cause some heartache knowing a lot of things might not fit me, but I didn’t know some stores were this bad!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

TwinkleBoss:  I don’t think it ridiculous that the store didn’t have anything in the OP’s size. It doesn’t exactly sound like a normal wedding dress store. It is a discount off the rack dress shop not a boutique. They probably stock what they can get cheap which will probably mean the less popular sizes.

swonderful:  it sounds like the dresses might be seconds. Whilst wedding dresses tend to run small, the sizing differences you have describe sound extreme. The dresses are probably ones that were sewn incorrectly inregards to sizing. It is probably why they are cheaper.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Wow! That sucks so bad. 26 in waist is itty bitty!! I can’t believe they did now have a size for you.

 

I wonder if the dresses you were trying were European or Australian by chance? They size differently and in my experience run small. I’m an American size 2 but a UK size 10 or 12.

 

it seems poor buisiness practice to only carry teeny tiny dresses, I mean who are they trying to sell to??

Post # 10
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Newbee

Since the dresses are donated maybe they’re ones with slight defects (like the sizing being off)?  If you’re a size 0 or 2 in street clothes you’d be swimming in a size 12 dress, even though bridal sizes run small!  I wouldn’t worry about it….just go somewhere else 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

swonderful:  Oooh! This really makes me think they were labeled with UK sizes or something If they were donated directly from designers or shops they may be from out of the country. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

That is very strange. What designers were they carrying? 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Tuscan Farmhouse

If the store provided the tags rather than the designers then I’m guessing they guessed the size and got it wrong. Could be the inner labels were removed too. Regardless, it was a nice idea on your part to support the non-profit but time to move on to a better experience.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

This sounds crazy! I’m 5’0 and I used to be about the 110-115. I’ve had a really rough year and I’m now the heaviest I’ve ever been at about 140. My boobs are huge 34DDD. My Pnina Tornai is a size 10. You should be swimming in a size 12. I’m sorry you had to go through this. You definitely need to look else where because something is screwed up in that shop.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This doesn’t make any sense at all. If you are tiny, it should have been easy to find a dress. 

As a street size 12 who runs and diets but is still fat….well, I would love to be as small as you are. 

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