Post # 1
Whenever I hear the term “sample size” I get nervous, because I know I’m much smaller and probably shorter than the people those dresses were intended for. So petite ladies, was it difficult to find dresses that fit well enough to get an idea of how the dress *should* look?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@musician32992: It depends. How petite are you? None of the dresses in the actual store fit for the most part. The store stocks a few sizes and then the clerk clips you into them to get an idea of how they will look. Places like David’s Bridal will be more likely to carry smaller sizes on the rack than a more exclusive shop because the exclusive shop has limited space and will want to carry the most common sizes for brides to try on.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands
I’m 5’3 and a street size 0. I had a problem in a few stores that only carried size 8, but a surprising number of stores had dresses in a 2-4. Almost everything had to be clipped, but it was usually just a pinch or two in the back.
Post # 5
@beachbride1216: 5’2″ish, generally a 00, 00P or XXS. So I’m pretty puny.
Post # 6
@mepayne: That’s good to hear! I’m nervous the smallest size in most stores will be a 6 which I will be swimming in.
Post # 7
@musician32992: I normally wear a 0 but I found that being clipped into a 6 or even an 8 was just enough for me to get a feel for what the dresses might look like in my size. Anything bigger, I was swimming.
Post # 8
I’m a size 0 and 5’2 and everything was definitely huge BUT they clip you in with those industrial size clipsand it feels like the best hug of your life (no, seriously, it feels AMAZING). I was worried about being able to tell how a dress would look on me and I can say that you won’t be able to see how the back of the dress falls at ALL. I’m looking for a deep V back or something with illusion back and beading and I know I won’t be able to really tell how something will look because of all the clipping. And, for length of course…
My advice for that is to stear clear of any trumpet gowns because they will look so great on you while you’re standing on that box and in heels but once they alter your gown, it’ll be a HUGE shock to see your silhouette about 6-8 inches shorter haha.
I guess it’s the nature of the beast though for being petite.
OH– and one PLUS for us is that every single dress looks amazing because you’re so tiny that nothing is ever too small. So, when they clip it, they bring it in to a nearly perfect fit (sure, the length is nowhere near close and some of the shoulders/straps/bust features might be un proportional, but nothing looked too tight or pinchy or squashy against my body. I consider that a win hahahaha
Post # 9
I’m 5’1″ and street size 0. I only went to one bridal shop and was told that the dresses that had on stock were generally for women who are 5’10”. lol! However, my consultant did a great job at clipping me in and I didn’t even notice that dresses were too big for me.
Post # 10
@mepayne: +1 to all of this. We are even the same size.
Post # 11
I’m the opposite of petite – I’m 6’1″. Of the many many dresses I tried, Watters and Wtoo dresses were the shortest on me/least proportional on my frame. So I’d recommend them for petite girls!
Post # 12
I’m 4’11” and size 00P. The smallest sample size DB carried was 4, but mostly ranging from 6-12. I looked like a porcupine during my dress searches!!
It was extremely hard to properly envision myself in any of the dresses because everything seemed so off….
Post # 13
I’m not short (5’7″), but I am very small- street XXSP or 00P in shirts/dresses and 00 altered down in pants to keep length. They do clip you in, but the problem with that is the clips often couldn’t hold the amount of fabric that needed to be held. Sometimes they would undo the back and just fold the extra fabric over and clip on the top, but then the waist was all baggy and nothing really looked right- the boobs were on my sides. I was convinced mermaid/trumpet styles looked bad until I tried on a 2 clipped- and then I realized it was the dresses, not me! I didn’t see what my dress really looked like until the end- I ordered a size 0 maggie and had to have it altered down multiple inches on both sides. I loved the end result though- the alterations were perfect and it fits beautifully now!