Too small sample size — how to tell if its The Dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
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1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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
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559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
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158 posts
Blushing bee

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
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992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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884 posts
Busy bee

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 # 9
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1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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
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136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think that first dress does a lot for your shape. You have a beautiful shape and it really enhances it.

Post # 12
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2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
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992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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. 

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