Embrace your curves! (except if you're wedding dress shopping)

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5290 posts
Bee Keeper

@beaverbride:  I’d maybe take some road trips to some salons a little further away and see what they have. Call ahead to make sure they have samples in your size.

A street size 12 is about average in the U.S. Why on earth wouldn’t they have gowns to accomodate an average sized women? Especially an average sized women looking to drop $4,000 on a designer gown.

I’m glad you are taking your money else where.

Post # 4
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@beaverbride:  At your pricepoint you shouldn’t just expect a fabulous gown but fabulous customer service as well.   I’d call ahead to boutiques and ask them if they have samples in your size range.  If when you get there they aren’t supporting your vision, walk your fab self out of there. 

I’m also a full size 12 and I wanted a dress that showed off my body.  I’m so happy I didn’t compromise. 

Post # 5
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would do the ring around then do the road trip!

Post # 6
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in Las Vegas, but found my dress via road trip to LA (mom’s idea to go to the garment district, but ended up buying my dress in Koreatown!)

It’s worth the road trip.  I am about the same size as you and we didn’t have too much trouble trying on samples that fit me.

I feel like the stores that have treated you so badly are really missing out a la pretty woman faux pas – “BIG MISTAKE!”

Take a little road trip to clear your head ( LA may be a bit far) and go and have some fun!  Try on dresses in a city/town/neighborhood you wouldn’t imagine would have what you want – that’s how I fell in love with my dress!


Post # 7
6751 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was also going to suggest to call first. And my other suggestion is not taking everyone with you. I would go alone or with 1 trusty friend and then if I found something I liked, go back with more people. I actually found it easier to find my dress with less people were around anyway. I’m surprised at a street size 12 you’re having trouble. I’m a street size 10 and while the dresses didn’t all close on me, they were able to get them over me and clip them in the back. Granted, the sample sizes were usually a 12 (meaning, they fit street size 6-8). You’re going to have to ask if salons carry bridal size 16 – always go 2 sizes up when bridal gown shopping. Sorry I don’t have a better answer – even when the dress does fit and it’s clipped int he back, you’re always going to wonder if it’s really goin to look right once you get it or if it’s going to be different once it’s in your size and altered. Best of luck!

Post # 8
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you thought about going custom?  I see you’re in Portland (I live here, too) and I would recommend checking out Cocoon Silk.  I had a friend who had her dress done there; she showed them a photo of what she wanted and they made her dress at a fraction of what it would have cost.  She was so pleased with the quality.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/cocoon-silk-portland


Post # 10
11287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@beaverbride:  i am curvy as well (hips and boobs) and i did notice that some designers fit “women figures” a bit better than others.  it was a bit depressing when you put on a dress that would fit a 12 year old boy.  pronovias dresses were perfect for me.  seriously, every one i put on fit me.  have you tried on pronovias?

Post # 11
335 posts
Helper bee

Yeah, I’m a full 12 too and even at 6′ I had so much trouble with this. I ended up in a ballgown shape but the best fitted dresses I found were at Priscilla of Boston, have you looked there? I’m sorry, this can be so discouraging. But I absolutely LOVE the drama of dangerous curves in a fitted dress. You will look amazing.

Post # 12
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@beaverbride:   That has to be so frustrating.   I see you’re on the west coast.  Come down to LA there appear to be ten thousand bridal shops as well as some flagship stores for designers.  Also, I know we’re strangers but I’d be more than happy to come along and boss around the sales assistants. 🙂 It makes me an angry bee when people won’t give women what they want for their weddings. 



Post # 13
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@beaverbride:  I know you said this wasn’t the one but you look FABULOUS in that dress. You have a killer figure, definitely don’t compromise. 

Post # 14
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beaverbride:  Did you try La Belle Elaines in Seattle? I bought my dress there and had the best experience. It felt like “Say Yes to the Dress!” I’m a little fuller than you and didn’t want a full-body formitting dress, but my consultant had me try some on for comparison. It almost made me change my mind about silhouette! She had no issues finding sample dresses to fit, but my price point was lower than yours.

P.S. I’ve been lurking on Weddingbee ever since I got engaged in August, but I never thought I’d join. I finally created an account because I identified with your post and thought I might be able to help since you mentioned shopping in Seattle 🙂

Post # 15
1050 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beaverbride:  sounds like you are going to teh wrong stores.  find some designers online and find another store they carry the samples.  

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