(Closed) Help my mom find a dress!!!

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t disagree your mom is cute.  I wish i could help but i’m having the same exact problem with my mom she’s 3 inches taller than your mom and plus sized.  So i’ll be following this to see what suggestions you get.

Post # 4
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would try bridal shops with MOB dresses/fashion lines.  The nice thing about that is that these dresses can be easily altered.  My mom recently found hers, it’s made by “Jovani” I really liked their dresses/gowns.  I think they have a website where you can look up their shops.  Yup, it’s jovani.com.  Good luck!

Post # 5
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The ladies on the full figured board have been REALLY helpful to me in my looking at dresses for my full figured MOH; I’m going to move this thread there and hopefully they have some suggestions for you too!

Are you hoping for more of a ‘motherly’ look, or something a little sexier? Short or long? Jacket or no? Sleeves? Colors you had in mind?

Post # 7
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’m so curious about the answers here! my mom is 5’7″ but full figured too and i don’t want her wearing something frumpy (or black/dark brown!) for the wedding!

Post # 8
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

if you go with good fabric the dress will feel nice, so she will feel good so she will smile and look awesome! I would look at “luxe” fabric dresses like silk or something nice!

Post # 9
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My Mom’ going through the same thing right now too. We’re looking into the Alfred Angelo seperates collection – the sizes might not be perfect but don’t under estimate the power of a tailor. My mom liked this but wants a jacket to match (but in a different color – prob. something bright):

How about looking in dept stores too? Lord & Taylor, Macy’s & Nordstrom have really great formal-wear petite sections.

Talbot’s has a separate store called Talbot’s Woman that also has a petites section – they mostly carry basics but you could jazz it up with some awesome accessories & find a dress jacket.

And don’t forget about Dress Barn. They have both petite and plus size dresses and I’ve found some great formal dresses there myself.

Post # 10
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My mom is 5″2 and and a size 16/18 and she just recieved her silk suit from the bridal store.  She wanted something that she could take apart and work with other pieces.  She ended up with a Waters and Waters duponi silk skirt and jacket combo.  She bought petite and plans on some alterations (skirt length up a bit and sleeves shortened (she HATES 3/4 on her) It’s a pencil skirt and it looks really good on her.  She has a thick waist and the jacket hides nicely that part.


she loves it!

here is a pic of the suit on the model and then when we recieved it (sorry it’s not the best)

Post # 11
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Mom’s having the same problem.  She’s so cute, not really on the short side, but she’s plus sized.  I really want to to try wear color, as she’s always wearing black to try make herself look slimer.  It’s tough!  Have you tried the dress barn?  I heard there’s lots of dresses there, but their online catalog totally sucks.  My mom said she was there checking out dresses while she was in the states (We live in BC, Canada). 

Let me know if you find anything!  I’ll do the same!

YAY for cute Mommy’s πŸ™‚

Post # 12
5763 posts
Bee Keeper


This is where I ordered my dress after spending countless hours scouring local boutiques. The one I wanted they told me would take 4 months to come in (too close to the wedding date) but I found this store who will have it for me in 8-10 weeks!

She really needs to go out and start trying things on to see what style she might like. I’m much taller,but I tried on everything! What I chose is simple and definitely less Motherly than everything else I saw.


I think it hides a multitude of sins. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
374 posts
Helper bee

Try Romann’s and Women Within they carry plus sizes and have a website as well as paper catalogue.  The downsize is that they don’t always carry what you’re interested in, in petite.  Your mom is a petite plus size. 

The return policy is easy.  However, be careful of their shipping.  They try to deliver the package once, and if you’re not home, you have to go to a UPS center to pick up your package.  I was miffed when that happened to me.  I went to the UPS office and said “I paid for postage,” and I was told that the price was a one time only after that I had to get it directly from the UPS center.  That was a pain.  And, I returned what didn’t fit my mom to same center.  I can’t remember why I did that, but it must have been because I was given those instructions in the package.  I wouldn’t ask to be taken out of my way on purpose.

So the moral of the story is, have it shipped to grandma’s house, a friend’s home day care where you know there is always someone home, or someone you know who is home all day, or have it shipped to the office.  Make sure you include your full name and the name of the company.  Another mistake I made on another delivery is that I didn’t include my company name, just my name and company address.  Although we are the only ones in the building, the UPS person wouldn’t deliver the package because there wasn’t a company name on the address.

All this said and done, the dresses and suits were worth it!  I got one for mom for the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and breakfast, too. 

I think you should not rule out a stunning pants suit with a lovely top and short jacket.  There are such nice looking pant suits that are dressy and classy.  She could pull it off with a fantastic hat and purse to keep the tone dressy and really make a fashion statement.

I am thinking that plus size women’s clothing at times can look bulky or boxy and the same style and the material isn’t the nicest.  With a nice pants suit she can find one in a coodinate so that the jacket and pants fit her perfectly.  Often with ‘wedding attire’ you have to get the whole magilla….you have to take the top of the two piece outfit is sold with the skirt or pants and there is no switching pieces to make it fit well.

Your mom is cute and although she is a plus size, she isn’t a bulky woman.  She could pull off a stunning pants suit, amazing hat, and fashionable purse that will be a show stopper.

Another place where you can actually shop and try on clothes is Talbots for Plus Size Petite Women [their jackets and suit dresses are amazing] and Dress Barn.  If you google Dress Barn they have coupons on line which can save up to 20% and some places have a senior citizen day, and if that applies to a mom or grandma out there, she gets the Senior Citizen price PLUS 20%. 

Best of luck.

Post # 15
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


I am a very short and plus-sized mom.  I didn’t want to wear black for my daughter’s wedding, or something my grandmother might have worn, but I wanted to wear something elegant and special.  I ordered a dress just 2 months before my daughter’s wedding (due to circumstances beyond our control).  If you need the gown fast like I did, you can even check with customer service to see if they have the needed size in stock. I went to a local drycleaner seamstress, who took my measurements.  Then customer service assisted me with ordering the right size.  I think I got my gown delivered in 2-3 weeks.     I found my gown from http://www.keepmeinstitches.biz who has another name for their brick store, which I don’t remember right now.  The gown I bought is very well made, and the price was fantastic!  I expected to spend sooo much more money.  I am so thankful to this business.  My daughter said that I was beautiful, and I felt beautiful on her wedding day.  I was very happy and not self-conscious about my size/shape!   πŸ™‚  BTW- I don’t have any connection with this company, except for my wonderful experience.  I would highly recommend them!


Post # 16
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have the same issue for my Future Mother-In-Law.  She and I are going to go shopping together, but shopping with her is very different than shopping with my own mom (FMIL is plus sized, mom is size 2 or 4).  I want to help my Future Mother-In-Law get something beautiful and sassy, but I am not sure where to start πŸ™

Wish I could help you out!

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