What to bring/wear for dress shopping?

posted 3 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I only went to David’s Bridal but I’m pretty sure most places are similar in terms of having things for you to use. They gave me shoes to use and also a bustier. They brought out different slips for different styles of dresses (fit and flare and a-line for what I tried on). I wouldn’t purchase anything until you know what you’ll actually need.

Post # 4
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Seems weird but bring your shoes, and also make sure to wear a strapless bra(even if you think you won’t wear a strapless dress) and light colored underwear. 

Post # 5
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Irish2014:  I am a bigger girl too and I didn’t need to bring anything. The shops have all of that stuff ready and avaliable! I felt the most comfortable at the smallest dress shop I went to. You don’t need the shoes until your fitting. Try to relax– it is a lot different than you would expect! 

Post # 6
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

David’s Bridal does provide options but the other store I went to didn’t. I used my own bra, though – I can’t wear shapewear. I wore my strapless bra and then comfy clothes, single layer, that was easy to take on and off quickly. If you have anything in particular you plan to wear (veil, shoes, belt, etc) bring those. I didn’t – and I did fine. Enjoy and have fun!

Post # 7
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I second the strapless bra and comfy clothes you can take on and off quickly. I wore spanx type nude shorts. I also brought shoes with the height I’m anticipating (not the exact pair) so I could get an idea of lenth and such. Good luck!!

Post # 8
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Irish2014:  strapless bra, panties you don’t mind being seen in, that’s it. I wouldn’t wear the shapewear because you may decide you don’t want to wear it on your wedding day. When I got my dress, we realized the undergarment I purchased could be seen through the dress. You want something you will be comfortable in no matter what.

Post # 9
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wore tight yoga pants (which I could actually keep on under a bunch of the puffier dresses) and then used a bustier that the bridal shop gave me. I really didn’t care for their bras/bustiers though so I would take my own if I were you. Theirs just didn’t fit me right and gave my boobs a weird shape lol.

Post # 10
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I wore a nude strapless bra and shapeware which was helpful for the fittings later on after I bought the dress, I know some places provide it but I preferred my own.

Post # 11
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Strapless bra (I was bad and had a BLACK one haha), yoga pants and an easy on-off top. There’s nothing worse than trying on clothes and having to take like 10 mins to take your street clothes on and off. I also wore spanx, but mostly just for modesty. The bridal store lady doesn’t care about your bra and panties, though. She’s seen it all 🙂

Post # 12
3846 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Irish2014:   I would suggest taking a pair of flats with you, and choose undergarments which are smooth so dresses can slip over them easily.   I wore as little makeup as possible so I wouldn’t smear off on the dresses.  😉    Keep smiling, don’t rush to a decision, try different silhouettes, ask someone to take photos if it is allowed so you can see how the dress photographs, and you can look over the photos later when you are relaxed.  Seeing the photos later really helped me make my choice.  I’m plus size too – what helped me most was taking my mom and one very positive, cheerful friend.  

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