(Closed) how do u know what dress is best for your shape?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve actually found that the rules are all wrong, and they always contradict each other. One site will tell you to wear a ball gown if you’re busty to balance your shape and another will tell you not to. It’s crazy.

I would actually just head to David’s Bridal if I were you. They always have a ton of options in larger sizes. It’s a great place to start out to try on different shapes since they have so many dresses. Once you find a shape you like, feel free to narrow your search, but I would definitely try one of each shape on.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Try on everything, you will be surprised what looks good on you.  I second going to David’s for the pure fact they do have bigger sizes and you can get a sense what looks good on you. Don’t be afraid to try something on that you think, that would look good on you. 

Post # 5
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7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@PoetPathetic: I think you should go to Davids Bridal and try on the most simple dresses in different shapes. Then you can figure out what shape looks best on you. Davids Bridal has all sizes right in the store. Don’t go on the weekend!!! It’s crazy in there and will make you feel uncomfortable.  Go at lunch time during the week it’s really slow. As well, bring someone you’re comfortable with. I didn’t want a stranger changing me, so my sister handled it. I just let the consultant know I was a little uncomftable. However, by the end of the search I could have cared less who saw me in my birthday suit!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A lot of the bridal salons in my area carry a ton of different sizes size 0 to size 30, I wouldn’t rule out going to a local salon, besides Davids bridal…I did not have the best experience at DB.  I went to two other local salons and had a much more personalized experience and found the perfect dress which is completely opposite of what I was looking for.  Just don’t be afraid of anything and let the consultant help!

Post # 7
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I actually had an AWESOME experience at David’s. I bought a dress just because it fit, and after about a week I didn’t like it. I needed something fast – I only had seven weeks to plan a wedding. When I went back, they let me exchange it with no hassle whatsoever, the consultant I had the second time was A-MAZING! I am a busty girl. Not very very large, but I wear a street size 12 and have a 36 DDD bust. EVERY dress the consultant brought me the second time fit, zipped up and looked great. The dress I ended up buying – before I tried it on I even joked about how I was only trying it on as an obligation, and told my Maid/Matron of Honor to be ready to be disappointed after seeing the dress prior to this one. It was strapless, I said I wasn’t getting strapless. It had chiffon. I didn’t like chiffon. It also had a corset back, delicate beading, and was absolutely perfect.

 

Good luck to you and don’t stress so much about size – you will find the perfect dress and you will feel and look gorgeous!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree, the so called fashion rules are all wrong.  And dresses look completely different on the models and on the hangers than they do on our bodies. According to fashion, a pear shaped bride like me shouldn’t wear a mermaidor fitted gown. They recommend an A line gown that pulls away from the rear and hips.  But A line gowns seemed to make my hips look wider and I dont need help in that area at all! And I never would hv tried on the dress I chose if the salon consultant hadnt begged me to bc it looked so different on the hanger than what I wanted ! Everyone is gonna say to try dresses on. Its really the only way to tell whats right for you!!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you just need to try on dresses.  I have seen people post about stores that carry dresses specifically for larger girls.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you just need to try on dresses.  I have seen people post about stores that carry dresses specifically for larger girls.  

Post # 10
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6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Shooozy: That’s a good point!

Don’t restrict yourself to DB, it’s just a really great starting place. If you go during a weekday, you’re much more likely to have a good experience, too, though.

Post # 11
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2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just go and try some on. You’ll get a good idea about what works and what doesn’t pretty quickly.

Post # 12
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177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Don’t be worried. There are plenty of girls who go to bridal salons that can’t fit in the sample size (me included!) It was a little rough when you fall in love with a dress that you can’t try on.. but try on all styles first to get an idea! What size are you? I am a size 16/18 and I noticed that drop waist did not look good on me because I have a belly and I am short. I did not like sweetheart necklines because I am busty. However, I know alot of people who do like those things. It truly depends on what YOU like and what YOU think you look good in. I ended up ordering a dress without trying it on! But I knew the style (natural waist ballgown) would look good on my figure. It may be stressful at times but remember, it is supposed to be fun!! Good luck! Let us know how it goes!! <3

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Dress shopping is so much better than jean or bathing suit shopping!! Just trust that there is a perfect dress for you. It won’t make you look like a size 6, but it will make you look like a beautiful bride. Just relax and enjoy the process!

I posted about David’s Bridal and some shopping tips–

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/david%E2%80%99s-bridal-in-springfield-va-038-some-general-dress-shopping-tips

 

Here are two things I wrote…

Try on *everything*!! Unless you really hate something (like the type of lace), try it on!! I cannot emphasize this enough. I tried on one dress (to make my Maid/Matron of Honor happy) and I was shocked at how I looked in it. I carry my weight in my tummy area (and have a square shape—no curves) and try to hide it. So I thought I was going to get an empire waist dress. The dress I tried on had beading right across my belly. Instead of making me look bigger, it made me look thinner. And the overall dress made me look curvy and tall. I didn’t get it just because it wasn’t quite the right style for my outdoor, daytime wedding. But it was an unexpected beautiful dress.

(David’s has) samples in most every size. (sometimes they are missing a specific size, but they should have it in the next size up) This is great for two reasons. First, you can try on a dress that isn’t too big. I’m a size 12, but at some stores I was trying on size 16 because that’s the sample they had available. I don’t care how many clips you have, it’s impossible to get a real feel of what the dress looks like when it’s so big. Second, you can try on the size dress you are going to order. There are many stories of stores that order dresses too big, just to force brides to pay for more expensive alterations.

 

Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You really have to try on some different dresses to get an idea of what shape works best for you. I recommend going to larger bridal salons, as they’re more likely to have a wider range of sample sizes. The first place I went to was a small boutique-type store, and most of their samples were size 10 and under. I’m a street size 14 and a 38Dirty Delete and I couldn’t even pull some of the dresses over my boobs. I also really felt like my consultant didn’t know what to pull for me because she’s used to working with girls who are a size 2. I originally wanted a fit and flare shape dress and she basically told me I couldn’t pull it off, and I just needed to stick to a-line.

I went to a much larger salon a few weeks after the first place and I had a MUCH better experience. They had sample dresses in sizes up to 30, I believe. My consultant also had a much better idea of what would work for me because she’s used to working with so many different sized girls. She pulled dresses that I LOVED, and a lot of them were dresses I had seen online, but thought would never work for me. The dress I’m probably going to buy is a fit and flare, and it looked awesome, so that other salon can suck it. 😉

I did go to David’s, but I didn’t have a particularly good experience. I think they can be really hit or miss, and I made the mistake of going on a Saturday. They’re great in that they have a wide size selection of sample gowns, but don’t limit yourself to them for that reason alone. You can always call different bridal salons in your area and ask them if they carry plus size samples. Most of the larger stores will have a good amount.

Good luck, and have fun!!

 

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