(Closed) Buying a dress with weight to lose?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

Seeing as your wedding is not until May 2017, you still have plenty of time to shop.  So I would wait until you are at least a year out before you begin shopping.  You could probably even push it to July, August, or even September.  If you are concerned about time, you could always call up the shops that you want to visit to see what they think is the latest to purchase a dress.

But when you do start to shop, buy a dress that fits you that day.  So don’t buy something smaller in the hopes that you will lose enough to fit in it.  And when you are shopping, make sure to talk to your consultant about your weight loss hopes.  This way they will be able to tell you if a particular dress would be difficult or impossible to alter down a few sizes.

However, alteration people are miracle workers.  Have you seen episodes of SYTTD where a person has lost a significant amount of weight to the point that their dress is literally falling off of them, but those seamstresses work their magic and make it fit like a glove?  Yeah, so as long as you have a good tailor, you should be fine.

Post # 3
1377 posts
Bumble bee

No harm in trying dresses on now if you want, but I agree, don’t buy until the fall. Go figure out what silhouette/bust/materials you like. Narrow it down, take you time.

You’ll save some $ on alterations if they don’t have to make a new dress out of the old one. 90 pounds is a almost a whole person, I’d be worried that my dress would be a different dress after having it signficantly altered.

Post # 4
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve been told that they can take in a dress up to 30 pounds. Not sure how honest that is, might make sense to really get a feel from the store and alterations person. 

Post # 5
728 posts
Busy bee

I’m confused if you’re talking about talking in a dress 90 lbs worth or 30 lbs worth? 90lbs no that would change the entire structure of the dress. I want to loose 20ish-30lbs before my wedding and was told that it would be fine to take it in that much for alterations. But I ordered it in the size I am now. I would never recommend ordering a dress too small and then falling short of weight loss goals, its much easier to take a dress in then let it out. And if your dress happens to have a corset back you would have even more size wiggle room. 

Post # 6
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

My wedding just passed two weeks ago, I got my dress December 2015 (yes i procrastinated lol) When I tried it on it fit just fine, slightly loose…I planned to try to lose more weight in January and February therefore I ordered it one size smaller (big risk but I also felt it would be even more motivation) I did have a corset back so I figured it would not be too hard to alter if needed. In the end it fit perfectly! I tried my dress on one month before the wedding and noticed that I had about 5 pounds to lose for it to not need alterations and I did just that! 😀 Good luck!!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  luisas.

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