(Closed) Dress shopping… or sausage factory?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Don’t feel bad! Did you know beforehand that your street size is actually considerably smaller than bridal? I’m a POB bride as well, and I’m a street size 6, but I ordered my dress in a size 10. I also know that most of POB sample dresses are in a 10, so know you were probably wearing a dress that’s about two sizes too small for you. 

And I know how strange it feels to be clipped and pulled into the dresses. But I found it helpful to just not focus on that. The consultants I worked with were really good about getting the dress on me (whatever that looked like) really fast, which made it easy to forget the fact that I often had clips holding the dress together. And yes, spanks help a lot! Just focus on how beautiful you look in the dresses, and remember that your dress will come in your size!

Post # 4
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think everyone experiences self-esteem issues.  Keep in mind that they cannot stock every dress in every size, so they pick a middle size so that you can at least put it on and get a general sense.  I’m really short and have no curves (literally, 32AAA), and was trying on those same dresses.  Usually I am ok with my body, but it definitely made me depressed trying on dress after dress where I didn’t come close to filling in the bodice, and where they had to clip half of the dress in the back.  It made me feel like a little kid trying on her mom’s clothes, which does not make you feel bridal at all.  It’s hard imagining what the dress will look like when it fits, but just remember that it will! 

One thing that I did find to be a self-esteem booster was to go to a wedding consignment shop and David’s Bridal, where I was able to try on dresses my actual size. None of them were anything I wanted, but it was reassuring to know that there were dresses that fit, and that I looked good in them. 

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