Horrified by measurements/scared to dress shop

posted 3 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Kakimax:  I’m bigger -22/24 and they had at least 6 dresses for me before I had to end appointment to go to another appt. And they actually listened to me. I told them what I thought I wanted and they brought them to me. I am sure if I didn’t have any direction there would have been a ton more. Don’t worry about size especially at davids. Good luck! I would have bought my dress there but the second store had better material ( more $$ too) and I bought there. Here is one I was about to get though…


Post # 5
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

i am also larger than you are, i didnt get many pictures of the dresses i tried on. we were too sidetracked. i am about a size 24. i had better luck finding the perfect dresss at a smaller boutique but davids is the best place to start out. try on every dress you can get your hands on. all different materials and shapes.

remember to breath, have fun, and take lots of pics 🙂

Post # 6
6 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015



Don’t you even worry! I tried about 25 dresses at Davids Bridal. 

Remember the RIGHT dress will flatter YOU. Im 5’8 size 24 and weigh 304 lbs.


Post # 8
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@Kakimax:  I’m a street size 16/18…dress size was a 20 to fit my hips and shoulders/boobs, but it has to be taken in at the waist a little. I got mine at David’s 🙂 This was the first dress I tried on…..loved it but tried on about 5 other dresses and kept coming back to this one. It’s now hanging in a closet at my mom’s house!




The first picture is of me and my girls in the style (not the color – we will be doing a plum for them. My blonde BM will be getting extended length lol)…  




This is the front of the dress….





And the back…


Post # 9
3250 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Kakimax:  Welcome to wedding bee! Congrats on loosing 10lbs!

David’s bridal should have a number of dresses for you to try on. I’m a size 20, pear shaped and think I tried on 10-15 different dresses there. Another place you could try is an Alfred Angelo signature store, since they also tend to have plenty of plus sized dresses to try on. I probably tried on 10 or so different dresses at Alfred Angelo.

Post # 10
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Oh sweetheart don’t you worry your pretty little head. I was horrified as well i thought there was no way they would be able to find me sample dresses. i’m a size 24 dress. I think i tried on 12 dresses before i found THE ONE. and it was actually in a size smaller! I have complete confidence that you will find the one that is just right for you. good luck!

Post # 12
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It all really just depends on the shop you go to, if you are from a larger area you might be okay!

For the david’s near me [very small area].. my experiance wasn’t that great.. but I did find a dress. I am a street size 20 [24 in my dress as they order by largest measurement].

I was pretty set on a large/ballgown type dress – they didn’t have a whole lot of selection. They give you a longline bra and slip to wear… they stuffed me in a C cup [i’m normally a DD/DDD, so I was literally spilling out!], but the slip fit well.

They really didn’t have any “larger” sizes as the sales lady called it, and most of the dresses I tried on were 16’s, as long as they can get the dress over your bust you are good to go [unless it’s a fitted dress of course].

So yes.. they had a few dresses to try on, but 3 out of the 4 I really wanted to try they only had a 2 in.

I wish I would have just made a trip to a plus sized boutique in chicago instead of davids.. but I found a dress I liked and that’s all that matters.

Post # 13
10886 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

You should be fine at a store like David’s or Alfred Angelo, which carry off-the-rack dresses in a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes.  Many smaller bridal boutiques do not, however. 

I wear a plus size, and, when I was dress shopping, the sample dresses were too small for me. I could only try on samples of ball gowns or A-line silhouettes, and they had to remain fully open at the back. It’s very challenging trying to choose a dress in a store like that (although I did end up doing that), because you don’t really have any idea of how the dress actually will look on your body when it’s ordered in the proper size.  However, sometimes these types of boutiques will have a small number of sale dresses in plus sizes that are the result of brides canceling their dress orders.

Post # 14
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Kakimax:  don’t stress one bit!!! i’m a street size 16, but when the time to measure came, i found out that i had to order my dress in a size 20. i had no problem finding dresses to try on at davids bridal or other small boutiques – ended up buying a mori lee gown at a smaller retailer in my city. don’t let that number define you Cool

Post # 15
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Kakimax:  Hi there.

I’m a 14/16 and I had pretty good luck overall. I’m not sure what size you are but many times, they handed me a size 10 and we just clipped the back up to my bra. Size 8’s were not working and sizes 12 and up were a relief. At the last store, they handed me a size 28 and clipped me into it and that’s the dress I actually bought!

I was not thrilled with my David’s experience. It was Saturday morning and the sales lady was trying to keep so many brides happy that I was unhappy. I also found their cheaper dresses to feel MUCH cheaper and it wasn’t until I got into higher priced gowns that I felt I found some quality and attention to detail in the styling. However, this was after two extremely positive experiences elsewhere so I had high expectations. Anyways, the one dress I wanted to try one came only in a sample 6 or 8. It was a NO GO. I wasn’t impressed at all. Ick. I had a bad experience.

I totally recommend Alfred Angelo’s (one-on-one attention, great selection of sizes and styles, large fitting rooms (unlike DB)) even on a Saturday morning! I also recommend going to some small boutiques because they just might surprise you – like they did me. If you are nervous, give them a call first thing on a weekday when they are likely to be less busy and chat about your concerns. I think you’ll find you have lots of happy options!

Post # 16
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think a lot of girls feel like that.  The thought of all these people staring at you can be daunting especially when you aren’t happy with your body.  Once you try on the first dress the fear will gradually subside.  Congrats on losing 10 pounds!  You still have a lot of time to lose weight before your wedding.  

I’m between a bridal size 8-10, but I gained 15-20 pounds since meeting my fiance, so I was insecure about the way I looked.  It ended up being fine and the consultants pulled some dresses that made me feel so beautiful (and other ones that emphasized my hips… but we can’t look great in every dress).  I found my dress well over a year before my wedding date, and since it was a new style I waited a few months to order it so I could lose some weight.  I only lost 2 pounds, but an inch and a half off my waist (as a pear by far my biggest measurement) and could order one size down.  Because I’m so pear shaped the dress will need a lot of alteration anyways, and I’m hoping on losing about 7 more pounds before the wedding.     

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