Post # 1
I have fallen absolutely in love with the Sottero & Midgely “Annora” dress but none of their authorized retailers carry the sample [I looked at all of them in state]. I’ve spoken with buyers from different boutiques and they said they could order it straight from the designer but it will arrive in a bridal size 6. Unfortunatley no matter how many shooting stars, wishbones, and fountains I wish on there is NOOOOO way I’d fit into that. My street size is 10 so I’m assuming samples I’d be looking for are in the 12+ range?
Has anyone had similar experiencs and finally been able to locate a bigger sample? Alternatively has anyone in this situation tried on a similar dress instead, for style, and then ordered the actual one “blind”?
I realize I may be putting all my eggs in one basket here but the second I saw the photo of the dress I haven’t be able to put it out of my mind- it has 100% become the “one to beat”!
Post # 2
For what it’s worth, I am a bridal size 10 and the sample of the dress that I ended up buying was a bridal size 4 and I was able to shimmy it over my booty. Miracles do happen, haha!
Post # 3
Consultants have a miraculous way of fitting people into samples. I am a street sizw 12/14 and the sample I tried on for my dress was a 6. It was clipped in the back and open, but I knew how it would fit.
Unless the dress is ridiculously tight through the hips, which it isn’t, I looked it up, you should be fine.
Post # 5
Super helpful to know! I agree that the dress seems like it should have some natural give to it. The stores that offerred to get it shipped in both want a fee (averaging about $100 between shops) for bringing it in. I’m think some of my nerves stem from the worst case scenario: paying to get the sample and then ripping it while trying to get it on.
Post # 6
Your post prompted me to look up the dress. Now I totally get your obsession with it.It is truly exceptional! Good luck locating one.
Post # 7
Right?! It is unlike any other dress I’ve seen and I absolutetly love the ivory on gold coloring. Fingers crossed I find it! Will report back 🙂
Post # 8
That is an absolutely gorgeous dress! I work in bridal and wanted to assure you that a capable consultant can make a sample work for (though it won’t fit perfectly!). Also, any boutique worth their salt should offer to put some (ideally all)of the money you paid to try the sample toward the cost of your dress. The store benefits by you trying the dress because they can talk to other customers about it and possibly take photos of it to show other interested brides. The store might even realize they want to carry this style after seeing it in person.
Best of luck!
Post # 9
Thank you so much for the reasssurance! Literally the day after I posted this a bridal boutique near me hosted a Maggie Sottero trunk show and the Annora was there! The woman I worked with was fabulous and did indeed help me try it on. Believe it or not after all that I went with a different dress- I guess I should have seen that coming haha!