Post # 1
Hey Bees…please tell me I am not alone–has anyone else had this problem?
It seems like no designs are made for women with a large bust and a small frame. I am a 32F (I am contemplating a reduction but terrified of surgeries! Anyone have a good expereince?) But where a street size 4 on the bottom.
Finding dresses is a pain! Wedding dresses have to be a size 14 or 16 to fit but then have to be taken in so much its a fortune OR it ruins the design
Bridesmaids dresses are certainly no better. Finding something that looks decent and fits is like finding a needle in a haystack while wearing sumo padding! The few designs that are made to cover bra straps seem to be cut down to my belly button..leaving very little to the imagination!
I have explained and shown 2 of my friends (I am a bridesmaid for both of them) and yet they still pick dresses that have me hanging out and unable to wear undergarments.
Am I alone? Is the dress industry out to get me?…sorry I am just really flustered-spent a reaaaallly long day dress shopping.
Post # 3
Man that really sucks 🙁 And it doesn’t help when all of the models in magazines are 6’1 and 100 lb. Have you thought about having a custom gown made? At this point it might be the best way to go (unless you REALLY want that surgery. I know girls who have had it and they are glad they did). When you shop for "normal" clothes how do you handle it? Have you thought about trying on the wedding dresses from Jcrew or Nordstrom? So sorry you have this problem. Hopefully you can find something fabulous for your big day 🙂
Post # 4
My friend ordered a custom dress from littlecoral.com and she was very happy with it. I was a bit skeptical but she said the dress took around a month or so to get made and sent to her. She loves it and said no alterations need to be made. She did show me a photo and it is very beautiful! I think she said it costed less then $500.
Custom made might be your best bet.
Post # 5
Ugh, that sucks! Not finding anything that fits you would just totally bring down the excitement of dress shopping. Have you looked at gown separates yet? I actually found two wedding dresses that had separate tops and bottoms that I liked, although I didn’t end up going with either of them. If you’re not into any of those styles, though, I second EAQ; look for a customized gown. You should look and feel perfect in your wedding dress!
Post # 6
I don’t have this problem, but I just thought I’d tell you about what I saw at the bridal shop.
There was a girl trying on a dress, the top was a corset style top and was completely seperate from the skirt part. When she put it all on together it didn’t look seperate though. It was really beautiful.
Maybe you could find something like that. I actually have had a problem when I was younger, I always had to get "seperates" b/c my chest didn’t fit into the small bottoms, I needed a medium top.
Post # 7
My suggestion is to try to find someone who can do a custom dress for you. The other option is to take your dress to an outside seamstress that you trust, that seamstress will be a lot cheaper than the bridal salon. Also, you may not want to go to David’s Bridal, but I do know that they sell bridesmaid seperates there.
Sorry, I am not more helpful, I have felt your pain with clotes shopping (and literally!). I was 36DDD a year ago and had my breast reduction surgery last October. I got to the point where I was ready to have it (awful neck pain, back pain, migraines) and found a great surgeon. It was a little scary, but I have NEVER looked back! The reduction has greatly improved my quality of life and I feel like I can be 150% more active in daily life. The surgeon removed a total of 4 pounds of tissue and I am now a C cup. A book I really for information was "When Less is More"
Sorry for the tangent there, just thought I would share. Good luck to you in the dress hunt.