Post # 1
I’m gearing up to begin hitting the bridal stores in NJ to try on wedding gowns! Do you have any suggestions as to which stores in NJ carried a lot of gowns that were either available in plus sizes, or had larger samples to try on? Are there any designers in particular that make fantastic dresses for plus sizes? I saw Maggie Sottero mentioned a lot of here and love her dresses, but no clue where to find them in NJ to try on. I’m starting from scratch and I tend to wear a street size of 22. Do dresses usually run smaller? I’m also petite, about 5’2, so I was worried that might become an issue as well with dresses falling much to long. I’ve been dreading this, fearful that being plus sized will limit my selection and I won’t find something comfortable that looks great. Any help is greatly apreciated! Thank you so much for your help!!!
You girls are the best!!!!! :o)
Post # 3
I believe Russell’s in Linden carries larger sized sample sizes. Maybe give them a call and ask. Happy dress shopping 🙂
Post # 4
I have had some trouble finding plus size samples in NJ. I went to Lestan Bridals in Brooklyn and they had alot of samples to try on… Of course David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo.. Sales Unlimited in Bayville… It will be very hard to find a dress as a sample in your actual size so you will need to squeeze into, say a 16, and get an idea of how it looks- I’m a 18 and I was squeezing into 12’s just to see the style… It is very frustrating but in the end, remember that you WILL find a dress.. I actually think I will be ordering my dress tomorrow! yay!
Post # 5
Try starting at Davids Bridal, you may not find the dress of your dreams there but you’ll be able to try on many different styles & shapes. Once you have a good idea of what shilouette looks good on your body. Try calling some local bridal shops to ask what sample sizes they carry; chances are a handful of stores may have a few options available in larger sizes.
I am a street size size 16/18 and I went to the following places.
Davids’s Bridal – Wayne, NJ
Park Avenue Bridals – Verona, NJ
RK Bridal – NY, NY
Kleinfeld’s – NY, NY
I DO, I DO – Morristown, NJ (WARNING: I went there to try on a specific dress that I thought I LOVED, they only had a sample size 10 and somehow managed to squeeze me into it.)
I definitely agree with cs71904 , be preapred to squeeze into smaller sized samples. That’s just the way this industry works, sadly. Dont be discouraged though, you’ll find something. =)
Post # 6
Thank you so much girls!!! I just worry that when i go to try on dresses that The dresses simply won’t go on over me. I mean the mere thought of squeezing into a 10 without busting the seems is not only mortifying, butit seems like I’ll be so uncomfortable that I won’t even be thinking about the gown.
Were any of you nervous that when you found the gown you loved and ordered it, that it wouldn’t fit you the way you wanted it to? That was my other concern :/
Post # 8
@Jsquared I definitely did worry about how things would look once it was in my size. I ended up buying a stock dress that I could take with me that day. The consultant recommended that I purchase the next size up so the dress could be altered to my body. But I really Loved the snug fit of the smaller dress, and decided to go with that one. (All my seamstress has to do is hem the dress and make it bustle.)
There were a few dresses I really liked that were not available in my size. And consultants definitely tried to sell me dresses by holding them up to my frame, which just did not work for me. Personally, I wasn’t about to spend money on a dress I couldn’t try on first.
Anyhow, best of luck with your dress shopping. Remember to have fun.=)
Post # 9
@ronze073: There is absolutely NO WAY that I will buy a dress that’s been held up in front of me. That’s ridiculous! I agree- if I can’t try it on, I’m not buying it! I just think that in this day and age, when more people are plus sized then ever before, wouldn’t it make sense for them to carry plus size dressed? I mean at least have 14 or 16 for plus size women to try on?
Thank you to everyone so far for your info.!! Anyone more help is greatly apreciated!!!! :oD
Post # 10
Not sure how far you are willing to travel but I have heard great things about Curvaceous Couture In Maryland.
Post # 11
@pinkb: Me too!!! It’s definately too far for me :/ I’m really trying to stay in state. I had researched one of the other bee’s earlier suggestions and it was out in Pittsburgh which is easily 7 hours away 🙁
Any other NJ places that have a variety of plus size gowns?????? I’m beginning to think I’m going to have to wear a white glad bag with a belt! hahaha
Post # 13
I found plus size gowns at a great shop in Lebanon. Lace & Beads carries a plus size section.
It was great I was able to actually try them on and they had lots to pick from.