(Closed) DRESS SHOPPING – why do stores bring in small sample sizes?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think there’s a great solution to the problem other than have a mix of sizes. As a tiny bride , it is very hard to see what dresses truly look like when they are soo big,I think it goes both ways! It would be nice to have samples in like 3 sizes of every dress but somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen! 


Post # 4
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750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsWBS:  agreed…there’s just no way to win. I am also a petite bride and I’m nervous that all the dresses will be so huge that I won’t be able to see how they should be shaped against my body. It would be so wonderful if they had different sized ones…

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Having multiple samples would be so cost-prohibitive, unfortunately. The sample size is determined by the designer; most designers choose a 10, 12, or 14, but some don’t. Those designers must be willing to lose the potential sales from brides who cannot fit into their samples at all.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@honeygoldbee:  I will say EVERY dress I tried on at the salon I went to was no smaller than a size 12. Which for me kind of sucked.. because in some dresses it was very hard to see what the dress would really look like. I’m thinking the reason that some of your dresses were that size is to account for some of the smaller brides that do like to try on something in their size. There really is no way to win in this situation though. Sorry 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel you! I tried on dresses for the first time today and all the dresses were 8 or smaller and I’m a 14-16.  I have pretty good self esteem usually, but I tells ya, after trying to squish into 6’s all afternoon I was feeling rather disheartened. 

Post # 9
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1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on the designer, as a previous poster said. I think most of the samples I tried were size 12. I do agree, having multiple sizes would be extremely helpful, but unfortunately would be too costly.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The store I went to had a range of sizes, but only one size per. I’m small so I could try all of them. But the one that fit looked so much better than the ones that were way too big, and I’m pretty sure that was mosly because the corset could actually suck me in. I would have loved to go to a store with just 6s. Though I completely understand why that would be a pain for larger girl. I think the stores know they can’t win them all, so they probably choose the sample sizes based on what size their average shopper is.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am plus sized, and almost all of the sample gowns I “tried on” in bridal boutiques were size 10. I could only try on samples with full skirts (A-lines and ball gowns, but that’s really want I wanted anyway); however, I couldn’t zip any of them or really get a good idea of what they were going to look like on me. It was very frustrating, and I literally bought the first dress I liked, simply because nothing else was even remotely working. In hindsight, I wish I had known that there are bridal boutiques out there now that specialize in plus-sized-bridal fashions, since it would have been very helpful to have tried on a lot more gowns, and I ideally would have wanted to love my dress.

All that said, however, designers, and stores, design and stock styles and sample sizes that are most popular and, therefore, most profitable.  I certainly can’t blame them for that.

Post # 12
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Newbee

UGH that must totally suck.  I haven’t tried on dresses yet, but I have gone with friends.  It really sucks when you can’t fit into the dress either because it’s too big or too small. 

You never know if it’s going to look the same once it comes in your size.  My friend recently tried on a dress that was so big, the cups were huge on her and she couldn’t really tell if the dress would look nice in her size or not.  It’s not something you can just clip back and get an idea.  Sometimes, the clips aren’t the greatest, either.  You have no idea if the dress is going to make you square or if it’s just the clips that are doing that and you’ll actually be cinched in when you get it in your size. 

I feel your pain – my only suggestion is if there’s a specific dress you really want to try on, call all the stores in the area that carry that designer, see if they carry that dress and what sample size it’s in.  If the PP was right that it’s the designer that sets the size, then you’ll be out of luck, but it’s worth a shot just in case! 

Good luck!!

Post # 13
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2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Samples mostly come in bridal 8 (street 4) and bridal 12 (street 8).  Some stores choose to only carry one sample.  Some (big ones, like Kleinfeld) choose to carry two in many styles.  Some (like Curvy Girls Bridal in Fairfax, VA)get larger samples in. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If definitely goes both ways. I’ve tried some dresses and just felt like I was swimming in it. Icould not picture how it would really look in my size. 

So no matter what size they go with, it won’t work for some people. Plus I guess if they stick it on mannequins sometimes it should be close to mannequin size. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ugh, I’m a street size 16, and I feel your pain.  They tried to get a wide range of sample sizes at the store I went to, but it seemed like they only had ugly dresses in the larger sizes.  All of the cute ones were in size 8 or below (bridal size).  It’s not their fault, though.  What can you do?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It definitely goes both ways. I’m petite and there wasn’t a single sample I tried on that was close to my actual size. It was very frustrating. I couldn’t get an idea of what anything really looked like on me, especially anything with a sweetheart neckline (because the cups were too big).

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