(Closed) Finding larger sample sizes for mermaid/trumpet styles in Los Angeles area

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m surprised you had such problems. I am a 12 street size (in pants) and was able to try on tons of mermaids and trumpets. In fact, probably 80% of the dresses I tried on where fitted. I went to designer boutiques that carried dresses starting at about $1000, but most of the ones I tried on were right about $2000 so it certainly wasn’t like I was at stores with vanity sizing (Alfred Angelo, David’s, etc.). The designer chooses the sample size, and most of the designers I tried on offered samples in size 12, which is more like street size 8, but I could definitely get them on and get a really good idea. One dress was a sample 8 and I couldn’t get it over my hips at all. I was trying on dresses by Marisa, Priscilla of Boston, Watters, Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Allure, Demetrios… I’m sure there were others, but those I remember specifically. I wish I could help you on specifics in your location, but I do think you should have luck at other salons.

I found that wearing a slip or a longline bra helped a lot. The salons all offered such things to me.

Post # 4
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@notoriousarp:  Hello, I had a very simliar shopping experience.  I was also looking for a fitted gown but I couldn’t get into the size 6 samples found at most salons.  I was distraught & near tears after my first appointment.

You can try Sparkle in Sacramento, or Strut in Phoenix.  Both specialize in plus sizing.  I found my dress at Strut.  I am not sure if either one carries Simone Carvalli.

Have you looked for consignment stores in OC?  They may have a wider range of sizes.

Good luck!

Post # 5
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would say just call ahead to any and all bridal shops you would like to visit and ask if they would be able to accomodate your size in the dress style you want.

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