(Closed) Dress Shopping Tomorrow, any tips?

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m at the small end of plus-sized, a 12 sometimes 14, which put me in a size 18 wedding dress, but I have no idea what your sizze is and I’m sure it’s different when you are bigger. I could get 3/4 of the samples on (though never closed and sometimes, I couldn’t get the hips on a fitted dress to come down past my hips, but I could get enough of an idea). From my experience, I recommend that you try styles you think would never suit you and that you completely disregard the sizes. What size you order will be who-knows-what… and it doesn’t matter! All that matters is that the dress fits your body. If that means the dress size say 44 or 6, who cares? It’s just a number to reflect a set of measurements. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am going dress shopping tomorrow too and I am also plus sized. There is one dress in particular that I want to try…its Allure W828 – I am a street size 18 and the dress they have is in a 24. I have tried on a few dresses at different places and did not have a good experience. The selection wasn’t the best and the people who were helping me weren’t really listening to what I wanted. Hopefully the place I am going to tomorrow is better. My advice for you is to take a deep breath, don’t take anything personally, the dresses run insanly small so pay no attention to the size, and HAVE FUN! This is once in a lifetime thing and it should be fun!! Good luck! Let me know if you end up finding one!!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was terrified when I went shopping thinking that none of the dresses would fit and I would look aweful in all of them. Luckily, the first dress that I tried on, while it wasn’t really a style I liked, looked good on my figure. That took the pressure off and made me relax and enjoy it. I did try on a few that I was really uncomfortable in (no mermaid styles on this girl!), but knowing that I looked good in that first dress helped.

I would recommend bringing/wearing good undergarments.

And don’t be disappointed if the dresses don’t zip. Just disregard all of the clips and imagine how it would look when it does zip. I actually found that part really freeing because I usually have a hard time finding dresses that fit anyway and I knew this one would be ordered in my size and then have alterations, so the pressure to fit into a style “off the rack” was gone. After I found my dress and went shopping for regular clothes the next time (for a dress for my enagement party), I found myself wishing I had someone who would come in and clip it up and tell me that we could order it in the right size). I also tried on some of the plus-size samples that were too big and it was actually way easier to tell if I liked the dress in the too-small ones than the ones that were hanging off of me.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh, and good luck! I’m sure you’ll end up with beautiful dress!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MeganRae1230:  This is some great advice.

I’m a street size 16-18, bridal size 20. I never once felt “too fat” when trying on dresses. I felt like a princess. My biggest advice is to have fun 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry to say the designers do not think of plus women when they make samples. So know that it is not you and pace yourself because you dont have to find it on the first day. Take your time and decide what looks good on you not what others think looks good on you. It is important you are realistic about areas you dont feel comfortable and speak up so the ones that come with you do not pick a dress that is not made for your body type. I have decided to have a custom made dress because it is important to have what I want in color and style. I too am a plus size bride  street size 18W and my dress does not have a size because it is custom made for me. I know wedding dresses would require us to size up. I do know what size it would be but I am happy.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Don’t worry about sizes. 

Go with an open mind. You might end up liking something you normally wouldn’t.

Wear a strapless bra so you get a better feeling for if you like the dress.

Try and go as early in the day as possible.  

It gets really hot, so wear your hair up and bring a bottle of water.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just went today for the first time.  I, too, was super nervous…street size 20-22.  deliberately chose to go to a smaller salon where I knew they had larger sample sizes for the first time, even though I knew the dresses where probably out of my price range and I wasn’t going to buy anything. I had an excellent experience.  Tried on about 5-6 dresses.  Think I found the dress, but still want to try a few others.  The best part about today was that I was able to have a great consultant who pulled the dresses based on  both my input and what she thought would look good.  I never would how tried on the dress that I fell in love with if I had to choose it myself.   Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t worry about sizing or zipping up as PPs have said. Try on different styles to have a sense of what looks good on your body. Accept that some of them are not going to look great on you — this holds true for all women! Don’t be scared or intimidated or imagine that somehow the salespeople have never helped a plus-sized woman before. They’ll be professional. If they aren’t professional, leave.

Bring the underwear and support garments that you think you’ll wear under your dress. If you don’t have that yet, at least have a good strapless bra and some nude-colored undies.

Mostly, just relax and HAVE FUN. I tried on dresses at like eight stores across three states, and everyone was lovely to me. At the store I bought from (down the street from my apartment), my consultant was also a plus-sized woman, and she 150% GOT ME, all through the trying on, purchasing, and alteration process.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s exactly how I felt after trying on dresses the first time.  Glad to hear it went well for you, too!  I can’t wait to try on more next weekend now!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@OkieHeart:  So glad to hear that you had a good experience!

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