Post # 1
I’m having a dress dilemma! I’m a street size 18, and have been fortunate to find some wonderful shops with plus size samples to get a sense for silhouette, etc. However, of course the one dress I absolutely fall in love with is the one that no one has in a plus size sample size! It is the Maggie Sottero “Miri” gown, featuring a corset top, dropped hip on one side and then this amazing architectural ruffled skirt that has a bit of flamenco flair! I love that gown- it is unique and sexy yet fun at the same time.
I know the corset and sweatheart neckline are flattering on me, I just don’t know about all that fluff in the skirt- do you think it will look marshmallow-like on a plus sized frame? However, I saw a similar shape (the Jenna gown) on some plus sized bees, and it was spectacular!
I’m curious to hear the experiences of anyone else who purchased a gown that you weren’t able to try on (there is no way the sample size 8 is going over my head, so I’ve done nothing more than hold the dress up to me). Were you happy with it? Are you glad you took the leap of faith to go with your instincts? Or did it all end in disaster?
Post # 3
First off your wedding is my birthday! I bought my dress without ever trying it on or seeing it in person. I live in a smaller town in TN and there is nowhere on this side of the state that carries the dress I bought. i’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m glad I did it and know I made the right choice.
Post # 4
Wow, that is STUNNING on you! You definitely made the right choice! Thank you for the vote of confidence 🙂
Post # 5
where do you carry your weight? If your an 18 with an hourglass shape I think you can pull that style off well. If you carry more weight in your mid-section or hips the ruffles might be too much (plus sized or not I think this would hold true).
Its sounds like you’ve done your research though and should have an idea of what you look good in, but the real test is trying it on…and something like a wedding dress is so risky not to. Short of trying on a similar style can you put on a similar dress up top and fold over the ruffles to give you an idea of the shape?
Post # 6
@Azanthia: I just experienced this with my change out gown. I’m also a size 18 and figured it couldn’t be that far off, the size of the gown that is. Boy was I wrong. Thanks to my back side it didn’t quite fit. So now I’m going to donate it. I agree it depends on where you carry your weight. The Miri dress if beautiful, but if you carry most of your weight in your mid section you may not like the fit. Best wishes on your search. I’m sure you will be beautiful on your big day.
Post # 7
I bought my gown on Davids Bridal online. I never got to try it on & loved the style so felt I had to buy it! I checked all the reviews and went with what the reviews told me: I was told it was always smaller than your dress size. Anyway….it fit me right out of the box! I thought I knew what kind of style fit me so I think that helped.
Post # 8
i bought mine and it was like 2 sizes too small when i tried it on. the back was like wide open! I haven’t got it in yet, so we will see.
Post # 9
Ok I totally understand what you are going thru right now. This is my dress:
I am a size 14 street size, and i couldnt find ANYONE within a 250 mile radius of me or my sister who carried the gown, let alone in my size. I have been in love with it since the day I saw it, and it is my fiance’s fav as well. I tried on many gowns, and although I have momma hips, i love the romantic feel of the ruffles on the bottom. My dress came in a few weeks ago, and I am making the drive to Dallas this weekend to try it on. I cannot wait!!! If i am unhappy with it, I dont know what I will do. I doubt I will be unhappy with anything but my own body, but my weight fluctuates quite easily, so i will just diet like crazy until i like what i see. I will give you an update after this weekend, but my advice for now is to follow your instincts.
Post # 10
My dress was 4 sizes too small when I tried it on, so it was definitely a leap of faith. What helped me decide is trying on similar gowns. The poufy bottom like Miri has (which is beautiful by the way) does NOT work for me. It made me look much larger than I was. I am thicker in the middle, but fairly hourglass shaped. Have you tried on skirts like that? If not, then I would go with that picture in hand and tell them you want to try on dresses similar to that so you can see how you feel about that kind of skirt. If you like it on other dresses, then I’d go for it! In My Humble Opinion I wouldn’t bite the bullet and buy it without trying on similar skirts.
Post # 11
I ordered a dress without trying it on because the only sample within four states of me was a size 8 and i’m a street size 16/18. The dress is coming in August. I know I ordered the right size bc I tried another Maggie dress on to make sure and I know the fit (natural waistline/ballgown) will look good on me but it still is def. scary.. i will let u know how it goes! but i know the feeling of constantly comparing other dresses to that one dress so I know i would regret not buying it. i will make myself look good in that dress no matter what! lol good luck!
Post # 12
Ok here it is. I have to admit, I’m a bit confused. Its not that I dont love the gown, because I do. I dont like that ripped up strip looking stuff between the bodice and the skirt, but the seamstress assured me that it can be removed. I just feel as though the quality of the dress has been compromised. My ruffles look flattened and the rose detailing on the gown doesnt look as nice as the detailing in the picture. I’m not sure if i’m just being dramatic because I didnt have the picture with me at the store, but looking at it now, I’m unsure. I didnt feel the way I thought that I would when I tried the dress on for the first time. Have I made a mistake? Help!
Post # 13
i ordered my dress without trying it on and i loved my dress!!! i am also a street size 18 so my dress in bridal is a 22. here is my dress
Post # 14
You totally rocked that dress! What a beautiful bride!
Post # 15
I think that more brides have bought dresses that they were unable to try on in their size than have! I had sort of the opposite problem…my store only had my dress is a size 16, and I’m very petite (more like a size 2, and flat as a pancake). It was tough imagining what the dress would like when it would be in my size, since when I tried it on there was no way I came even close to filling out the bust. But in the end, it was perfect. Good luck!
Post # 16
I almost did. Personally, I thank God I didn’t. I exchanged emails with another Bee who owned the dress. I even tried on similar styles. Then I made the trip to the only store that carried it. What a disappointment. The dress just fell flat. It just was not “my” dress… I did find another dress but I’m holding out a bit.
I do hope it works out if you do end up ordering it.