(Closed) Anyone wearing a designer gown?

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

hellooo and congratulations… on the wedding and the weight loss!  :O)

i am wearing vera wang and i am so in love with it.. i think it is bordering on obsession at this point!!  i tried on maybe 7 or 8 gowns at the vera wang salon in nyc, and i can tell you these dresses are worth every penny.  each one is like a work of art and i cannot believe i get to get married in one!

i am including a basically awful, grainy pic from my phone… which does not do this dress justice at ALL.  you cannot see the detail or even the true color very well…  it is a rich ivory color and the entire dress is rouched (how do you spell that?) tulle.  i also am wearing a sash that i had made which is gorrrgeous…  it is charcoal gray, dove gray and silver with a vintage brooch…

i need to look, because vera wang actually does 2 sample sales a year… i think one in february and one in october maybe?  this is in nyc – i am not sure where you are, butif you are close it may be worth it!  i signed up for a vera wang newsletter and i think they post something about it there…  i will see what i can find out!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m wearing a POB dress.  Getting in just under the wire…I’m sad they’re closing πŸ™

I am a pear shape as well…definitely a 16/18 on bottom but I can go smaller on the top.  I liked how this dress fits to me up top and then flows on the bottom.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hi!
I’m a street 16 and live in manhattan and was only interested in designer dresses as well. So, I hate kleinfelds but got my dress there. Reason was they have plus size samples where no one else does. Amsale has really pretty dresses but they were the smallest samples I’ve ever seen. They are known for being the petite brides fav so I the they cut even smaller than the norm. My moh is a 6-8 and she could barely get the dresses on (I made her model for me).  I ultimately couldn’t buy a dress I couldn’t get on my body at all especially as amsale has a custom size charge to boot.   Vera Wang goes up to bridal 20 which is a street 16ish. I didn’t end up going because my boobs are huge and I thought I’d need a dress 22 on top from my exp w other designer dresses. You may be ok though because of smaller upper body.  I also went to exquisite bridal in north jersey. They have like the only amsale plus size sample anywhere apparently as well as Vera and romona kerveza (whose dresses are soo flattering). In the end I got a Lazaro by the way! Try kleinfelds so you can actually try dresses on. The girls who go there are beyond trashy, however the people who work there are pretty good. Ask for Sarah or Keisha when you make appt. Don’t let them give you a random consultant. 

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Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

hi,

I totally feel you. I am a chanel bag carrying type and I had no interst in those types of dresses either (not trying to insult anyone reading this it is just that it is true that without question the high end design market kind of skips over anyone in double diget sizing bridal). I did not really have a dress budget and was willing to spend whatever (except the $14,000 as mentioned below!!) Kleinfelds has alot of higher end designers in plus sizes, but not Monique main brand, but they do have Blush by Monique which is alittle less (like $4,500 and up) and they did have samples I tried on from those. They fit really well I must say but they were too plain for me. The key to Kleinfelds is ask to go into the stock room right away, know which dresses you want to try on (or at least your top) and say it right away. I operated like that and all was well. Like I said, the girls there are not from around here I would say and the families are somewhat obnoxious. I kind of cridge whenever I have to go there but the sheer volume was worth it.

I loved Esther..but found out she is over $12,000 or $14,000 (cant remember if total price was $14,000 or $14,000 plus) without tax or alternations. Although I had no real budget, I guess that was my breaking point!

I think because you have a smaller upper body you should be okay with most regular samples if ball gown (I went dress shopping with my friend recently who is basically your dimensions, small waist and bigger but/hips and she was able to get samples on over her head no problem), although honestly Amsale might be harder I swear my friend who is the size 6-8 could barely get some of the dresses on..no joke..VW told me they have samples in 12 and 14 for some types of dresses (so like 8-10 street size), so those you’ll be good to go. It is just nice to have the dress zippered when trying it on. I didnt think I cared about that until I saw the difference between the dresses I could try on for real, and the samples I couldnt.

I looked at Dalhia and Bresa from Christos…the thing that I didnt like was that there is an insane amount of fabric at the waist on those dresses and it was not flattering. I found that the natural waisted ball gowns are the most flattering. The ones with pleating or puckered skirts add bulk to waist, hips and but. I also have more of an apple shape and am 6′ tall though so they make work for you. Bresa can be worn off the shoulder, so so pretty. Also, there is this beauftiful ballgown that has a jaquard print (white on white so no actual color print) with this like side sash, I forget the name, but sooo pretty and very flattering. That was Amsale. They said they could take fabric out of all of these dresses and make it less bunchy, but I wasnt that comfortable remaking my dress that I couldnt try on! lol. It just became too much wonder for me.

Exq Bridal does have plus size samples. They had like two veras, some romona kervezas and at least one amsale ballgown. They have others too, I just dont recall. They only had a total of like 12 dresses though in plus size. Def they had lazaro but Kleinfelds has tons of Lazaro in plus size.

Hope this helps! As you saw from my last posts, there isnt that much info on the plus size high end designer market anywhere! lol.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

There is a small but fabulous bridal boutique in Fairfax, VA (right outside of DC) that has designer dresses in plus sizes.  I went Pronovias (http://www.pronovias.us/wedding-gowns/new-collection/) which runs from about $4000 and up I think.  I went with one of the La Sposa by Pronovias so my dress was only about $2500. I loved them because the sample sizes start at a 12 and go up to the 20’s.  I am a street 18/20 and some of the dresses had to be pinned on me.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I’m wearing Vera Wang’s Eleanor from the fall 2010 collection.  I’m a street 8-12, (depending on who I wear!) and I ordered my dress in an 18.  I probably could have gone with a 16, but they meausured me with my very padded strapless bra, and I was like .5″ over the sz 16 measurements.  ANYway- the sample I tried on must have been a 14 or 16 because it juuuust barely didn’t zip at the top.  It seemed like most of their samples were accomodating.  Mine is more ball gown, too, so hip measurements don’t really matter.  Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@RhubarbPie: David’s Bridal sells Vera Wang gowns, and they are very nice. They are also in the $1,000-$1,500 range. They also have tons of plus size gowns. My dress is an Oleg Cassini, and it’s plus sized.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

@RhubarbPie  Thank you!  I am going with the white- I’m not a fan of the black, either, and the white helps suck in just a little bit more at my waist. πŸ™‚  The Esther is beautiful, it was a dream to be in the boutique and touch all of the dresses.  The store I was at also made it sound like they have several samples of the same dress- so if you’re close to a few places that are/carry Vera I might call ahead to see what sizes they have there.  

I went a separate time to try my dress again and they had a much smaller sample- the girl was like, just step into it- there was no way my hips were making it through!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I bought a Pronovias at Curvaceous Couture in Columbia MD, they sell plus sized designer gowns. I’m a street size 18, this is a 20-22.

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