Post # 1
After a day of shopping I have several dress contenders, but for two of the three the store had only a sample size that was 2-4 sizes too small. Looking at pictures I love the fit of the dress dress with a sample in my size. I also really like the details of the dress, but for various reasons it doesn’t totally feel like me. While I like the look of the other two dresses better, it’s a little hard for me to tell what the fit will look like. Any ladies with a similar experience who ended up ordering sizes up from the sample? How did it turn out?
Post # 2
Closertofine: Sigh, this is pretty much the experience for most brides, especially plus size ones like me.
I’m a street size 18, and the sample size dress was a 10. In my case they put me in other dresses by the same designer with the same silhouette so I could get an idea of fit, but I will not actually get to see the actual dress until the one I ordered comes in.
It’s nerve wracking, I know. But it’s a very common experience.
Post # 3
Closertofine: Do you have any pics to post that we could see? Maybe we could help a little bit better? I’m a size 14 in street clothes and I know how you feel about the dresses being too small. It’s so hard to visualize what it will look like in your size. Such a pain!
Post # 4
I am a street size 6 (bridal size 8-10). The sample that I tried on of the dress that I ended up purchasing was a bridal sample 4, which meant it was actually 2 sizes too small – but I STILL loved it and bought it. I don’t know how I squeezed myself into it, but I did and I could still visualize how it would look in my size.
Another dress that I tried on that was a major possibility was also too small. As a PP said, the bridal consultants put me in a dress of the same designer/silohuette which helped with visualization.
Post # 5
I can’t help you, but i just wanted to say i too had the same problem and sympathize. I ended up going with a dress that while two sizes too small, still looked great on me in the front, the back was a complete mess, but i was able to use the model picture to figure out how that would look.
Post # 6
Closertofine: My dress should be coming in 11/11 and I cannot wait to try it on in my size. For me I knew he was it because it had everything I wanted and even being a size 8 I felt beautiful in it.
For reference I tried on an 8 and ordered a 20!!! I’ll share pictures when I get my dress!
Post # 7
I just purchased a dress I wasn’t able to try on since there was no bridal shop In my area that had that designer. I tried to try on a similar shape and that helped. I also tried to find a bride in the dress similar to my shape. I just decided I lived the dress and I’d take my chances….
Post # 8
Here is a pic for visualization (from left to right, Dress 1, 2, and 3).
Dress 1: The sample for Dress 1 fit really well. It’s a really pretty dress and I loved the way it made my figure look, it didn’t quite feel like me.
Dress 2: More beautiful lace in person (harder to see in pics). We all liked it in person, but when I looked at the photos all I could see was the terrible fit. I believe this was a size 10 sample, so about 3-4 sizes to small for me.
Dress 3: feels more like me — I love the color and the flow of the gown. I honestly can’t remember how much smaller the sample size was (maybe only 1 size). Not sure it’s as figure flattering as dress 1, but perhaps that’s a minor issue with the sample size being small?
Post # 9
Closertofine: #1 fits great but I like #3 better. The lace is more delicate and I love the color! I think once its in your size, it’ll be perfect!
Post # 10
Ugh! I am having this issue now and it sucks!!! I am a curvy girl and I cannot find my dream dress in my size or even close to it to try on. I dont know what else to do!
Post # 11
I think that first dress does a lot for your shape. You have a beautiful shape and it really enhances it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I had the opposite issue which maybe easier to deal with since they just pull out a lot of clamps. In the end I had to have the dress cut down because the sample was the smallest size :/.
Go with your gut on this and general shape. If you have to try something ina fabric you dont like in your size that has the same shape. The biggest thing is to get an idea of shape since even a sample you can tell how fabric works for you and your preferences.
Post # 13
I think dress #1 has a fuller skirt so that’s one thing that I see may be making a huge difference in the fit. Also, the belt in dress 3 is cutting you in half and that’s what is drawing my attention.
Post # 15
I think dress 1 is perfect for your shape, it really flatters you.
I think the neckline suits you better too.
I tried on a sample size 14 in my dress, it zipped up but wouldnt sit properly, we’ve ordered a 16, so they can have enough fabric for my chest, then take in at the waist.
Post # 15
Closertofine: I think honestly any of those three dresses in your size would look beautiful.
Question do any of them have corset tie up backs? I feel like that along with it being close to your size is the reason dres #1 looks so figure flattering.
For #2 I would totally suggest trying on a fit and flare closer to your size to see how that they of fit looks.
Also I feel like dress #3 will definitely look better in your size and if you move the sash up just a few inches.