(Closed) Dress Shopping and Street size 18

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I dont wear an 18 but all the dress shops in my area carry samples is fuller sizes. They tend to not carry smaller sizes so more people can try on the same style and they pin or tie it into place. You should definitely be able to try stuff on. Even if a sample is too small bridal shops are very good about pinning it into place so you can still try it on.

I wish you luck and will love seeing what you find. 🙂

Post # 4
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i am a stree size 20, and it really depends on the shop. 

i had only one bad shop experience, but the other two were wonderful and had so many dresses that i could try on and they were SO nice. if you are worried (as i was), don’t be shy about calling ahead of time to ask about their experience with plus sized brides and about their selections for plus girls to try on.

Post # 5
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had the same fear! I’m a size 18/20. The David’s the I went to had a ton of plus size samples. The only dresses that I tried on that weren’t my size were dresses that are only available in up to a size 16.  I just checked DB because I need a sash and of the 3 dresses I tried on that were a size 16, ALL of them are now available in 18-26.

And I’m sure you have an Alfred Angelo near you, they carry many plus size samples as well!

However, when I went to a smaller boutique, their standard sample as an 8. I think that the smaller the establishment the harder it to find plus size samples unless it’s specifically a plus size shop. The consultant fit me into the size 8 samples, but it’s still hard to tell what the dress is going to look like.

Post # 6
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BusyBee2012: David’s Bridal should have a number of dresses to try on. If you live near an Alfred Angelo signature store, they are also good about having a number of plus size samples. I am also a size 18 and tried on 40-50 dresses in the process of looking for a dress. Some dresses did need to be clipped on, but it did give me an idea of what the dress would look like. I tried on dresses that ranged from a size 14-24. Smaller bridal salons also had dresses I could try on, so don’t worry. 🙂

Post # 7
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am a 12/14 top and 16/18 bottom, I did a LOT of research before  I went dress shopping and was able to find boutique and chain stores (Davids, Alfred Angelo, etc).  I’m in the DC metro (there are a few plus size only shops here with GREAT selections)…you’ll be fine, you make the dress and not the other way around!

Post # 8
6881 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am plus size and every place I went to (4 places) in MN had dresses that could try on.  If you are really worried call the places you want to visit

Post # 9
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i dont think you will have an issue. i am a 16/18. recently more on the 18 side. i went to davids bridal and was able to try on any dress that i liked without problem. i actually had to try one on in a larger size because the ones they had in store were too big! so i wouldnt be too worried about it

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