Post # 1
I finally bit the bullet and went dress shopping yesterday for my 11/12/16 wedding, after I saw this specific gown on a local bride. I adored it in person, but the sample size (of course) was way too small for me. I’m more apple shaped, so I’m concerned that even after I continue to drop weight, the dress may not be flattering on me. I’ve been stalking the internet because I’m trying to see as many photos of this dress as I can on some real-life, gorgeous brides! If any of you have worn or tried on this dress, would you mind sharing the photos? And if you HAVE worn it for your wedding, could you share a picture of it bustled?? Thank you so much in advance!! xoxo
Post # 2
I don’t have any pictures and I haven’t been dress shopping yet, but you touched on something I’ve been wondering/anxious about…
For those of us on the larger side, especially us “apples,” how does it work with the sample sizes? How much of an idea can you really get when you are trying on a dress too small? And I almost hate to ask this — what street size are the samples?
I don’t mean to hijack your thread, but it sounds like you might have good advice here.
Post # 3
Wow that is such a beautiful dress!!
love the beaded straps!
Have you looked at tradsey
Loads of designer dresses for sale by real brides! I’m sure it will show up on there.
Post # 4
NO worries at all because I was dreading the shopping process myself for this very reason, so I’m happy to give some insight!! Depending on the shop, sample sizes range from a bridal 4 to 14…I say “bridal” because in my experience, bridal sizing is equivalent to at least 2 sizes below what your “real” size is (WHY the bridal industry does this, I don’t know…it would be so much smarter overall to make it the opposite way so brides can feel good about themselves).
Depending on your street size, my best advice to you would be to find a salon that carries larger size samples (maybe even David’s, because from what I understand, they have a wide range of sizes on the floor). That way, you could go to that shop and at least try on a variety of dresses to find the overall SHAPE that works for you. Then if you end up branching out to salons with the smaller sample sizes, you at least have a dress shape in mind that you know works for you–then you’ll just be trying to find the dress in that shape with the right details that you love.
Just to give you a little more insight about me personally, I am an apple who is currently a street size 14. I personally found fit n flare to be most flattering on my body type.
Hope this helps a little!!!
Post # 5
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the insight! Sounds like we are about the same size. 🙂
Post # 6
Thank you!! I loved it so much and the beading slayed me 🙂 I will definitely look at tradesy 🙂
Post # 7
I haven’t tried on this dress, but it looks so nice! I happened to see some more pictures of it on this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/hayley-paige-dresses-pic-heavy/
Post # 8
Plenty of times, especially in smaller salons, you can call ahead and see if they carry certain size samples etc. David’s has a wide arry for plus size brides. I got mine at Kleinfeld’s in NYC where they have an ENORMOUS amount of plus size samples 🙂 Good luck Bees! That dress is gorgeous By The Way.
Post # 9
The salons that I went to only had Hayley Paige in a size 12 which is equivalent to a street size 6. You might want to look at salons in large cities or trunk shows for more variety in sizes. I don’t know why the salons that I went to only had one sample size when her dresses are made in many sizes