(Closed) Dress Shopping…FRUSTRATED with sample sizes!

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did, but I went to David’s Bridal and since they carry all their dresses in a couple different sizes it allowed for me to try on different silhouettes in my size, so that I could get an idea of what I liked and what looked good. I didn’t buy my dress there, but it was  good experience and gave me confidence to make a choice in a dress that didn’t quite fit the way it should have.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely call around to stores in your area to see what kind of selection they have in your size range. Some stores have a better selection than others. 

In addition to David’s bridal, other stores that exclusively carry one designer (Alfred Angelo Signiature stores, Brides by Demitrio’s, etc.) tend to have a better size selection because they can carry more sizes of one dress style. They aren’t spreading their inventory over multiple designers, so they’re able to do this more easily. 

Also look into plus sized bridal salons in your area- I know Indiana has one, and I’m sure that some other states have at least one store that carters specifically to women with curves. If that isn’t available, ask if the bridal salons in your area ever do plus sized trunk shows with any of their designers. The store where I bought my dress used to have those for one of their designers. 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have had the same problem. The store I went to had the dress I wanted but only in a size 6 (I’m 5’8 & a street size 16-18) in white. All I could do was hold it up in front of me, lol. They had nothing even close to the style to try on. They took my measurements and ordered what was supposed to be my size but when it came in they had ordered from the wrong chart and I still couldn’t get it on, but at least I could see it in ivory. Very depressing to feel so big that I can’t fit into a wedding dress! Now the “real” size is ordered but could take until the end of May. Wedding is in July. I’m a little nervous that I might be very disappointed when I can finally get it on. How am I supposed to pick a dress that I can’t try on? I’ve wanted to try some other styles on but I want a somewhat informal dress and don’t know where to go to try anything on at this point.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine was the opposite. I’m very small, and they only had size 6 to try on. I had so many clips and things holding it up, it was hard to imagine what it would look like in my size. Turns out the smallest they make is still about two sizes too big, so I STILL don’t really know how it looks. I have quite some time before it needs to be altered, so for now, it’s just hanging out upstairs.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had the same problem and I left crying two salons twice. Doesn’t help that my mother things I am HUGE (in reality i’m 5’9 and a street size 10) and even so I didn’t fit into the majority of salons. I then got recommendations to call around and ask if nearby salons carried samples in sizes close to me – that ended up working out better.  Hang in there, and ask around in your area and you’ll find somewhere!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am a street size 16/18, and I know I get really frustrated when shopping for clothes, and I refuse to buy anything I can’t try on. All of this equaled me being VERY nervous about looking for a dress. So I looked up bridal salons in my arecalled out together a list of about 25 and called EVERY SINGLE ONE. It was a pain in the ass, but I only went to the ones that had samples in my size. I ended up with a positive dress shopping experience and a dress I loved, and one that I knew what it looked like because the sample fit. I recommend not going to any shop that is not going to carry your size, it will only frustrate you and make you unhappy. And as a bride, you deserve to be happy!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The pain goes both ways – the sample I tried on for the dress I bought was about 10 sizes too big.  Call around to find stores that carry more samples/more sizes and go there first.  You’ll get a feel for what you like there even if you don’t find “the one.”

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Baker2Be:  I think this is really good advice… going to start looking soon and I just don’t want it to be depressing!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@brittbrust123:  Agreed. After reading the horror stories on this blog, I have been calling shop and asking how many plus size samples they have in the store. Surprisingly, the ones whose website said they catered to plus size brides only had a few in stock when I called. I found a couple place who said they had plenty of plus size samples in stock and it wasn’t even advertised or touted on their sites.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I found my dress somewhere else, so when I went shopping again in my city, I called around to find one that was closer to my size. The one I tried on was a size 18, and Im a 10. I got an ok idea of how the dress would look, but its alittle tough to judge with all the clamps they have to put on…. So I found it in a sample 12, and I’m happy I did. It was easier to get the whole visual, and the people at the store were nicer, and the dress was cheaper to order at the second store I went too!! And this way I knew I ordered the right size.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am so sorry you are having this problem. I lucked out and the salon I went to a variety in of the fit n flare styles i liked in 10 12 14 16. I am a street sized 12-14. The ones that was a size or two smaller were easy to see how it would look on but just didn’t lace up all the way.

I would definitely call around to the stores near you to see if they carry samples that are 2-4 sizes within your range to see how the dresses would look on you.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

David’s Bridal is the bomb. I am a size 30 and found a fabulous dress there…and they were super nice and i was extremely nervous about dress shopping at my size. They really made it an awesome experience for me.

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve been engaged twice and married once and both times I had the same problem.

I tried 3 different shops and couldn’t find anything I absolutely loved in a size that fit. I did find one, but the engagement ended before the dress could be bought.

I’m actually a little hesitant on going to any more bridal boutiques in my area this time around. I’ve decided that if I can’t try on a dress I adore, that’s I can actually squeeze my rump into, within a 50 mile radius, I’m just going to take a huge leap of fail and order one offline (custom measurements included).

Hope you find something soon! I know what a pain that can be.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It is crazy. Not ONE dress i tried on actually fit me. They were all to small (Im a size 14) And I went to 7 different stores!!!

But In the end the lady helped out by adding a larger modesty panel and tying the corset as best as possible. Fingers drossed it looks good when it comes in!

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