Post # 1
I’m begninning to get upset and bothered by the whole finding the dress ordeal. I’ve been to one boutique and it was honestly enough to ruin the entire moment for me! I tried on about 10 dresses and felt like a little girl playing dress up in her mommy’s clothes! I’m 5’2″ 110 lbs and can’t find a boutique that offers gowns for petites to try on. I’ve almost completely come to the conclusion that I have to order a dress from an online store and have it altered without knowing what the dress looks like on ): It’s extrememly frustrating!
Who here has been to a boutique here in Minnesota that offers a large selection of (street) size 6 and under designer gowns?
Thanks so much for all your help!
Post # 3
@soon-2b-bmc: i was feeling the same way. i ended up purchasing an empire waist dress at a sample sale but i went to a ton of salons before that. things just dont look the same on women our size and its hard to visualize. i am still a little worried about how my dress will look once altered. i wish you the best of luck at this very stressful time. just keep in mind that its just a dress at the end of the day. the most important thing is the groom.
Post # 4
I’m your same size, and didn’t want a ball gown for the exact reason that all of the samples overwhelmed me. But I think the dress in the correct size would have overwhelmed me as well.
What style do you want? I found that A line dresses, even in sample sizes, were very flattering on me. Anything else made me look like I was playing dress up. But, again, I think it was a style issue, not a sizing issue.
Post # 5
My bridal salon didn’t carry a lot of petite sample gowns, but the gown I ended up with came in a petite size. Maybe find some designers that carry petite sizes, and go look for those designers in your area?? Mine fit me well when it was trying it on, but was so long I couldn’t walk in it! I just ordered because I l
Post # 6
loved it, and hoped I couldn’t walk because of the length, not the shape (mermaid). It all worked out! I love it and you’ll find one you love too!!! 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for you replies, ladies!
bBoth my FI and I love the dropped waist sweetheart neckline with the rosette ruffles!
@MidwestBride2012 – this one worries me for the overwhelming reason. I get myself into fits thinking, “So I’ll go in, try this on in a size 10, not know what it’s really gonna look like, get it *hoping* it’s perfect, and cross my fingers.”
I do like a-line gowns, but we’re so young we both want something a little sexy which we both see in the form of form fitting instead of a see through lace bodice or plunging neckline. I have an extremely loud personality so I partially feel I could pull off whatever I want! I’m really not one for shopping though – especially for something I know will be next to impossible to find!
Anyway, here’s an image of the gown we both see me in just so everyone here has a better idea.
Post # 8
I found that as long as the dress was a size 12-14 or below, I could generally get a sense of how it would look on me. Most designers run 2 sizes larger than street size anyway. I think the dress I ended up buying is an 8 or 10 even though I wear a 2 to 6 in most clothes (it depends on the store).
The consultants at independently owned bridal stores (i.e., not David’s Bridal) were really good at clipping me into the dress so that I could get an idea of how it would look. Sometimes I had to hike up part of the bodice to see how the bottom would fit once it was custom cut (hollow to hem). You had to use your imagination a bit, but I could tell how the bodice and bottom would end up looking. You might make an appointment ahead of time so that you’re sure to get a consultant who can help.
In the end, there wasn’t a single dress that I felt like I had no idea how it would look. If it looked overwhelming after being clipped in, standing on the box, etc., then it was always going to look overwhelming to me.
This, of course, was just my experience. We have different tastes, shapes, etc. But I wouldn’t lose hope just yet in terms of being smaller and having to try on samples. In the end, I didn’t even have to order a petite size and I’m your exact height and weight. There was some hemming, but everything fits properly despite me being smaller.
Post # 9
I feel you but unfortunately I’m afraid the salons don’t carry smaller than a 10 mostly. I’m 5’2 and 94lbs so trust me, nothing fit at all but they clipped me in the best they could and I got an idea. Make sure you ask them if they can also clip you in front so you can see the back view of the dress also.
Post # 10
Ugh, this makes me so nervous. I’m actually a bit smaller than you (5’0″ and 95lbs) and I’m terrified to go dress shopping for this very reason.
Hopefully you can find something that will work for you! I know there are lots of brides here who have had great experiences buying online.