Plus size friendly bridal salons in Chicago

posted 4 years ago in Full Figured
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You may want to do a search on this topic as i recall reading about it in the past…the only plus size store near to chicago is Ms Pamelas which is a few hours away in Indiana.  It would likely be worth the trip as it is amazing how good you can look trying on dresses that actually fit!  The only other plus size bridal stores i know of in the midwest are in michigan or minneapolis.  You will likely be able to find some samples that fit you at mainstream bridal stores, but if you want more than a few choices you may want to try Ms Pamelas.  I didnt go there (because it is a 5 hour drive from me) but read good things about it. almost all the dresses i found were in your price range…couldnt find any samples in higher end gowns so you shouldnt have an issue with your price point…

best of luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

House of Brides in Glen Ellyn has a plus size wing with quite a few samples.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bakinginwonderland:  DIVA Bridal in GLen Ellyn – it is associated with House of Brides in Glen Ellyn – I went there for mine and loved it.  They had lots of options to try on – and it was nice that they had my size so I can actually see what it looked like rather than trying to squeeze into a sample and hoping they ordered right.  I was about a size 22 when I ordered and got down to a size 18 (street size).  I ordered a size 26 per their recommendation and had it taken in drastically.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I would try David’s Bridal again in Chicago, the one on Elston.  I worked there for almost a year 2013-2014, and by the time I left they had a much larger selection of plus size gowns than when I started. Thanks to the pestering of the consultants and our managers to corporate to get more mermaids and ballgowns in larger sizes instead of the typical A-line styles. Happy Shopping!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I also live in Chicago. It’s amazing how few plus size bridal salons are in such a big city.  There is one called Haute in downtown, but they are $2500 and up- definitely out of my budget.   I ended up making the 2 hour drive to Ms Pamela’s in Indiana.  Yes, it’s a drive, but it is WELL worth it!!!  I’m a size 20, and most of the samples they put on me were a size 26 or 28, so they were able to clip me into every sample and I could see how I was going to look.   Plus the staff is super nice and they really listen to what you want.  I also had a good experience at David’s Bridal in Schaumburg.  They had lots of plus size dresses to try on.  My worst experiences were at Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn and House of Brides in Schaumburg.  Eva’s had only a few plus size gowns and they only wanted to show me ones that were much larger than my size, even though I told them they were not my style.  The consultant I had was also very stuck up and acted like she didn’t have time for me (my appointment was on a not-busy Wednesday afternoon).  House of Brides in Schaumburg has a Diva section but it is pretty small.  I put on one dress and the consultant tried to convince me that I loved it.  It was kind of strange.  So I would say go to David’s Bridal and try on every shape and fabric they have to get an idea of what you like, then make the drive to Ms. Pamela’s.  Trust me, it’s so worth the drive to feel gorgeous!

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am a new bride to be and have yet to go try on dresses because I don’t even know were to go that will have my size thanks for posting ladies. 

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2016

pinkaddictm:  who would you recomend to be my bridal consultant at that elston store? 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I would definitely recommend Shelby, Brad or Andrea if she’s still working there. Also I heard that the Jasmine Galleria in Lombard has a good selection of plus size gowns as well at a reasonable price point. They’re like David’s Bridal in that they have their own collection. Also, just a tip, the David’s Bridal on Elston is ridiculously packed on Saturdays. On Sundays it’s pretty busy too until around 4/5.  I hope you find the dress and your experience is fun like it should be! 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Whitetail Ridge

I got mine from David’s Bridal in Aurora, 3 days ago! 🙂 I’m an 18/20 and they had so many different samples in sizes that fit me.

Eva’s Bridals in Oak Lawn also has a pretty big selection of plus sizes.

Have fun!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ll have to keep some of these places in mind. I’ve been trying to figure out where to find a dress, and I’m a size 28 and it’s been hell trying to find shops that have dresses in my size that I can try on, let alone order. I called a few different shops that have designers I like, but they don’t carry samples that I can even get my leg into. I’d love to check out Miss Pamela’s, but the only day I’m available to go there would be a Sunday and they’re not open Sundays 🙁

Anyone have any recommendations besides David’s Bridal?

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

cupcakequeen42:  I read reviews that if you call Miss Pamela’s and tell them you can only come in on a Sunday they will make a special appointment for you.  Not sure if they still fo it but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

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