(Closed) Bigger Ladies Trying on Dresses

posted 9 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 4
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a street size 16, so pretty close to your size probably.  I did a lot of research before trying on dresses.  I have no idea how people do it when they can’t try something even close to their size on.  It made a HUGE difference in how much I and everyone else liked the dresses I had on when they actually fit.

I had one dress I was in love with that Macy’s with bridal departments carried, but each store with the dress had a different size, ranging from 8-14.  I decided the store with the 14 was the obvious choice.  I tried on a couple others there, also in size 14s I think.  Anything with a in that size (which is really more like street size 10) with a corset back would go on, but the proportions and seams were all off. 

I also did some research on other boutiques with larger sample sizes and went to David’s Bridal.  I know people knock David’s Bridal, but there was seriously no comparison to me between dresses that had to be left open in the back or clipped haphazardly toghether, and dresses that could actually zip up in your size.

Post # 5
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I went to David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, Low’s Bridal in Arkansas (think Klienfelds of the south), and one smaller local shop called Serendipity. They all had dresses in my size to try on except for Serendipity.. The experience at Low’s was by far the best.

I am the same size as you.. was probably bigger than you when I went dress shopping though.

Post # 6
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to two local dress shops. The first place I visited only had one sample dress that I could fit into (I’m a size 16). I was really shocked that they didn’t have any larger sizes and was pretty bummed about the whole thing. I decided to make appointments at chain stores in hopes that they would have samples I could actually try on, but on a whim I visited a second shop in my area. They had a beautiful selection of about 30 gowns size 16 and up.  I ended up buying my dress  there!:)

My advice is to call ahead and find out if they have a nice selection of samples in your size. 🙂

Post # 7
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Dont be hun! =) I had a favorite designer (maggie sottero), so I watched for Trunk Shows and then called the bridal salons around me to ask about the variety in sizes and options, what they can offer me, or what they suggest, or maybe another salon if anything! =)

Save yourself the time and keep your confidence, dont let anyone damper your parade! You will find your dream gown regardless of your size.

I was a larger street size 18 at the time of dress shopping and they had me trying on dresses in size 10, most fit, just couldnt be zipped, buttoned, etc, instead they were clipped or held back by the consultant. The consultants were all more than happy to make me feel my best regardless of the sample size; thats part of their job! In all honesty I did have ONE bad experience, but I cut the lady off short and quick and walked out, then wrote the OWNER a letter, I got a follow up call the following day from the Owner apologizing and offering me a Free Veil for my troubles. I told her “Thanks but No Thanks” and I unfortunately wouldn’t be recommending this salon to any friends or family.

There will be shitty people out there, but YOU are beautiful and remember all the reasons why Fiance loves you so much! And Im sure he’d love for you to show off those curves of yours! xo

Post # 9
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am a street size 16 and I was told I could only select from dresses that offered “plus size” styles.  Also, the dress size I was trying on was a 18-20.  It was humiliating.  I hated every moment of it and none of it made me feel good.  I finally decided just to order online, but I would love to help you. 

I can photoshop dresses onto you if you have a picture of you and a few of the dresses you like just to give you a starting point, or to help you if you would like to order a customized dress? 

You can PM me and I will give you my email

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am a street size 22/24. When I started my wedding dress shopping, I was terrified that there would be nothing for me to try on and that I wouldn’t even fit into the plus-size samples of 16/18. I had some nightmares and I had some tears before my appointment, but I eventually brushed it off. I stuffed myself into every dress possible, the lady crawled under the skirt to try and yank it down, I got stuck in dresses multiple times but you just have to laugh about it. I was actually really surprised at the number of dresses in 18+ sample sizes that I could try. I got a good idea of what shape flatters my body, and I eventually said “Yes!” to a dress that I never tried on (just a similar silhouette).

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