- 3 years ago
I spent weeks trolling the Hive before venturing out dress shopping. Particularly the posts from plus-size and large busted Bees. I was dreading several things:
1 – Going to a store and seeing only sample sizes that I might not even get on. I’m a street size 16-ish. The norm in North America is 12. WHY are bridal salons stocking samples in a size 6?!?
2 – Looking like a whale in a sea of tulle. ‘Cause we all know white is SUCH a slimming colour. lol. I’m also pretty pale, so off white is even worse. ugh.
3 – Nothing will fit my bust. I’m a 36G. Will I find ANYTHING that doesn’t make me look like Dolly Parton?
Well, it turned out GREAT. Really. I’m actually sad it’s over.
I’m here to tell fellow curvalicious ladies why/how it went so well and to say You Can Enjoy It and feel like a million bucks!
Tip 1: Find a salon that carries sample dresses in real sizes
I didn’t do this my first trip out and should have. The first salon I went to was a super posh boutique. Gorgeous Lazaros and McCafferys wtih starting prices of $3,000! But they were having a sample sale, so I thought “what the heck. You never know.” No. The largest size they carried was a bridal 12, which was like a normal 8-10. Boo. I tried some dresses on, but wasn’t feeling too good about myself in the end.
My second trip was to a great store that carried sample dresses in sizes 6-22. Dresses were divided by size and each bracket had at least one of EVERY bridal silhouette. It was so great to say “I want to see what a fit and flare/ballgown/mermaid would look like on me,” and they’d bring one. And it fit. Amazing.
Tip 2: The consultant is key
Even though the posh boutique didn’t carry many sizes, the consultant never ONCE made me feel bad about my size. She pushed/pulled/tugged and worked her skinny non-existent butt off to get me in to as many dresses as I wanted. Only when I said “No, this one’s not happening” would she give up. And then she’d say something like “Well, this one IS made really narrow.” Bless her.
The consultant at the second store was just as great. I think she understood that I was going to try on one of every silhouette – because I COULD. She must have put me in 15-20 dresses. And I meant IN. She fully corsetted me in to every one so I could really see what it could do for my figure. And jeez! I should wear a corsette every day! 🙂
Tip 3: Bridal gowns fit big busts
I shouldn’t have worried about my bust. Bridal gowns have WAY more material in the bust than normal clothes. I guess ’cause they’re designed to go through alterations. So if you’re a Bigger Busted Beauty – take heart! This won’t be the issue you think it will be. yay!
Tip 4: Things look different on you
Maybe this is obvious to some. But I had in my head that I wanted a ballgown – something to balance out my bust, hide any lower-body flaws, and make my waist look tiny. Well – ballgowns look terrible on me! When I came out in one, my Mother said I looked like Glida the Good Witch. Literally THAT WIDE.
A-lines actually gave me the shape I had in my head, even though they didn’t look like that in all the model/website pictures.
Tip 5: Champagne is the new white
Okay, so not everyone looks good in champagne. But, to my surprise, I do and it looks bridal on me! So don’t restrict yourself to white/off-white/or ivory. You never know.
Last year, my girlfriend tried on a champagne dress when shopping for her wedding. It looked like gold lammé on her. No joke. When I saw the dress at the store this time, I wasn’t even going to try it on. I’m so glad I did!
So, here’s my wedding dress (eeeee!). Essense of Australia D1052 Size 14 (Street size 16, 36G).
And I LOVED shopping for it. I hope you do too.