(Closed) can i see your dress? :-)

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would post mine but it wouldn’t help much. It has been discontinued. But, know that you can wear ANYTHING! Seriously! Even things you wouldn’t think would look good on you suddenly just might! Try on every dress you like. What can it hurt?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am considered fullfigured, so here is mine.

It is a Justin Alexander 8137.

I suggest trying everything on that you can, even styles that you haven’t considered, and try not to be discouraged, if they don’t do up all the way. None of the gowns that I tried on did up all the way.

Also, don’t settle on something just because everyone else says it looks good or you think you can’t find anything else. It might be hard work to find your dream dress, but you can do it.

When you go for your appointments, make sure to wear similar undergarments that you think you might be wearing with your gown. Wearing them will make a difference in how the gowns look and fit.

Post # 6
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

 

 

It’s by Jasmine, but I can’t for the life of me remember the style #!  I can walk into the salon and say the Jasmine Embroidered and scalloped neckline dress and they know which one I’m talking about =)

Post # 7
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went in with an open mind. I told my consultant that I wanted to stay along the lines of an A-line and showed her a few pictures of what I had in mind. The first dress she picked for me was the one. It was amazing and something I had over looked in all the pictures I’ve seen. I felt so beautiful in it. It also turned out that all the dresses I liked/had pictures of didn’t look good on me (tried them on after the first dress and they couldn’t compare!)

Have some ideas of what you want but also be open to suggestions. The dress you might have thought wouldn’t work for you might be the one!

Make sure the dress makes YOU feel happy and beautiful.

Also, corset backs seem to work wonders for the figure.

Post # 9
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@faith1583a: I did have to get semi naked. I had underwear on and she gave me a strapless bra to use while trying on dresses but it was one that covered the stomach area. I was a little nervous about this because I’m not too comfortable in my body but they’re not going to judge you and it’s part of their jobs. They also understand this and try to make you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable let them know and maybe they can work it out that you put them on and they can help zip/tie you in.

It was funny. I went dress shopping for the first (and last) time last Thursday. I was super nervous. I had to call my fiancé before I left because I almost started to cry because I was so nervous but once I got there, everyone was so nice. The owner was the first one to greet me and my consultant was just absolutely wonderful. They really made the experience so memorable.

You should also be treated this way. Don’t let anyone push you or rush you into buying something you don’t feel right or comfortable in. Like my fiancé said, “They are there to serve you and the people that go with you are there to support you.”

Here’s my dress (it makes me look thinner then I actually am lol; the magic of finding a dress that suits you!)

 

Post # 11
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477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Here are my tips:

1. Wear boyshorts or bike shorts to cover up your bottom half if you’re self-conscious.  You can wear high-waisted Spanx that go all the way under your boobs for max coverage if you want.  Target sells a cheaper version called Assets for $18.00.

2.  They’ll usually lend you a longline bra or bustier but if you’re not sure if they’ll have your size, wear a strapless bra from home.  David’s Bridal usually has bustiers in every size, but smaller boutiques may not have your size.

3.  Take a fresh shower and make sure to shave, moisturize and wear deodorant before you go.  These dresses are heavy and you get sweaty and really fast under those hot lights.  I’ve definitely “stopped in” to a store only to regret it because I felt like an ashy, hairy, sweaty wreck.

4.  Remember these people are here because they are getting paid to sell you a dress.  You’re the boss, so don’t let them make you feel like crap.  If you feel uncomfortable at any point, leave and take a break.  I cut 2 different appointments short because I felt like I was getting sub-par service or because I felt like they were pressuring me to buy an ugly dress simply because it was in my size.  

5.  Do some online research on places like Yelp to see which places in your area has the best selection of larger sample sizes.  I ended up having to drive an hour away to find a shop with an entire room full of size 12+ samples, but it was SO worth it!  

I’m wearing a Casablanca 1900 in ivory/ivory and getting the neckline modified to a sweetheart.  

Post # 12
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@faith1583a: Thanks! I hope so too and I’m sure it will. Every woman deserves to feel like a princess for their wedding and especially when dress shopping. It’s all about you!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I was told innumerous times to make sure I got a dress with ruching that it is figure flattering, but it just wasn’t my style. So keep trying on stuff till you find a dress that you feel beautiful in! try everything you can on! Some dresses completely catch you off guard once they are on.

It took me a while to find something that I loved (and fell into my budget), but I ended up with an Alfred Angelo Dress.

 

From my experience, I can’t tell you how much I loved the lace back corset on my dress. Corsets are amazing at sucking you in. If you don’t like the look, some dresses have interior corsets and they zip up on top.

I am size 18/20, my wedding dress was an 18.

I actually don’t have a good pic showcasing my dress, but goign to post 2 that I have from the wedding.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was dreading the dress shopping experience more than any other part of wedding planning.  I am far from the sample sizes and had so much worry and nerves about being able to find the dress I want and not be “forced” into a style that was not me because of the samples available in my size.  Well let me say that my experience could not have been better!  I found a store who carried many plus size samples, made by many different makers.  I had zero interest in buying anything that day, but there was a plus size trunk show so I went.  We tried on all styles because I told her I wanted to see everything.  Big, poufy bottoms looked horrid on me, as did mermaid.  Ballgown and a-line with more simple skirts were perfect for my shape.  The dress I ended up buying was about the 12th dress I put on.  The sample size was 4 sizes too small, but this was her pick after listening to what I liked and disliked about each dress I tried on.  It took some effort to get me into the dress, and some imagination, but when she lined up one side of the dress where it was supposed to fall, both my sister and I gasped and we knew it was the one!  I ended up buying on my first day out and am in love with my dress.  I so can’t wait to wear her!  It is Brooklyn by Enzoani Blue (and I apologize if you’ve seen these pics before – I love posting the dress pics).    🙂 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I 2nd a lot of the other ladies – go with an open mind willing to try on things you might not have thought of or thought you wouldn’t like!  I was SURE that I didn’t want a strapless dress because I was worried that I’d be doing the hoochie-mama dance pulling it up all day.  I found a strapless dress with a corset back that I absolutely loved and felt soooooo comfortable in!  Here’s my dress:

 

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