(Closed) Street size 20, petrified of dress shopping.

posted 5 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Don’t worry about the number on the dress label.  Just make sure that the boutique you’re going to offers dresses in your size, otherwise the experience will probably take a notch outta your self confidence.  

I was SO HAPPY that where I went had dresses in my size, although a few I was interested in were a size or two down, so trying them on (if they weren’t corset) you couldn’t really figure out what they’d REALLY look like on you.

If there’s one you love but can’t try on due to size, try on something similar so you can get an idea of the dress shape on your body.

And try on different types of dresses!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My advice is to try corset dresses and go to Alfred Angelo. They have tons of dresses and tons of sizes and my consultant was amazing. Now I’m probably going to buy a Maggie dress but I’m glad I tried a bunch on. Knowing what I know now, I’d skip David’s. Bad experience for me, but they did have cute bridesmaids dresses on sale!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Pay attention to shapes that flatter you. When I was trying on gowns, I noticed that I hated mermaids on me. But ballgowns really slimmed me down. I’m a size 24.

This was a Justin Alexander size 22

 

They kept trying to put me in a fitted a-line, which looked terrible.

 

 

I loved this Allure 8862. This sample was a size 18, so if it fit, it would look a lot better.

 

I’m probably going with Allure 8850, which has a similar silhouette.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

OP:  I second the other poster who said to call around and make sure boutiques stock larger sizes… That will be the 1st step in helping your confidence in finding a dress.  

 

also, try on a lot of different styles and types of fabric… different necklines, styles and fabrics can greatly alter how you look.   sashes and belts can accentuate your waist line or pull a dress together.  

Good luck!  I have absolute confidence you’ll find an wonderful dress that will make you look and feel amazing!  

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sopraffina:  i don’t mean to hijack the thread, but the 1st dress looks amazing on you!  🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Take a look around the Bee (especially the Plus Size board), you will see a lot of amazing dresses and inspirational brides-to-be!

That being said I am also dress shopping soon and I feel your stress, I am getting more and more nervous as my appointments get closer… you are not alone, we’ll get through this and hopefully enjoy it! 

I may have some actually helpful advice once I get out there and start trying things on.

Wishing you a happy and successful dress shopping experience!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Thanks. I call Justin Alexander 8557 the Magic Dress. 🙂 It was $1875 where I first tried it on. I found it later for about $1400, but I’m in love with Allure 8850 now. The Allure 8862 above was about $1250, I think.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m that same size and I went to David’s bridal. The lady helping me wasn’t the nicest but she did find some amazing gowns. I will probably be going back there to try on some more and pick my final dress there. They have a bigger selection of plus sized dresses than I expected and the price range was pretty wide so, depending on your budget, you can find a dress you love for a decent price and they have sales a lot of the time.

 

Hopefully this was helpful. Good luck and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gown for you.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am a bigger girl as well, I wear a size 18 in jeans and xxl on top cause of the girls. Last time I had to wear a formal dress was for my sister’s wedding and I was sized at a 24. It was depressing.

So going wedding dress shopping terrified me. I went to David’s Bridal cause I knew they had bigger sized gowns to try on. While none of them wow’d me, it was super awesome to try on dress without worrying about my size. Plus I learned I had gone down to a 20 (woohoo). But really don’t pay attention to the size. I didn’t. I just paid attention to how I felt. My consultant was great cause she kept asking what I liked about each dress and what I didn’t. It made me really focus in on what I wanted in a dress and not my size.

Having not found my dress there, I was worried cause it meant going to smaller, local shops that may or may not carry plus size samples. So I called and emailed the shops around me and found one that carries a good amount of plus sized samples.

And yeah, you may go into a shop that your dream dress is in and it’s not your size. Try on a similar shape to see if you look good in it. If you really want to try it on, call around and ask if any shop has a sample close to your size. There is always a way 🙂 and good luck.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a street size 18 (was a 16/18 when I started dress shopping) and I was scared too. I have low self-esteem and was so nervous, but I felt amazing in my dress.

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