Post # 1
Ok Bees this is a bit difficult I will try to make it as concise as possible. Back in the spring I bought my bridesmaid and junior bridesmaid dresses from Ann Taylor. Remember when we were getting the great deals back in March and April. Well I asked all of my maids to go to Ann Taylor and try on dresses to get a rough estimate of sizing. I asked the mother of my junior bridesmaid to go have her try on dresses as well and let me know what size she was. She is 15, but is mentally challenged and operates on the level of an 8 year old. So I was very specific that her mom should have her try on something with straps and more full coverage as that is exactly what her dress would be. Well her mother called and let me know they tried dresses on at Ann Taylor and she wore anything between and 8-12 depending upon the style of the dress. As you can imagine I was a bit skeptical of this and ordered her a 14 you can always have something taken in. Well, when she got it I asked the mother to make sure it fit. She said it did. Well she called 2 weeks ago and let me know they just tried it on now and that it doesn’t fit. I have been everywhere I can think of: e-bay, weddingbee, classifieds etc. and can not for the life of me find a 16 or 18 Ann Taylor Averie in Meadow Green or Espresso. I found some on e-bay that were for more than what I paid brand new, I was willing to pay it, but I kept loosing. I really really want my Junior Bridesmaid to feel pretty and matching on my wedding day. She has some self esteem issues and I want her to feel a true part of the ceremony, which is why I don’t want to buy another style dress.Does anyone have any suggestions of where to look for this dress? Does anyone have one from the weddings they just had that they want to get rid of. What do I do if I can’t get a replacement? Our wedding is in 4 weeks.
Post # 3
Call Ann Taylor online or their corporate offices. Explain what you need and why you need it and maybe they can help you search. Play the crazy bride card!
Post # 4
A friend of mine had a similar problem for her brother’s wedding. Her Future Sister-In-Law chose J Crew dresses, but my friend is an 18 in women’s plus size, so there was no way a J Crew dress would fit her.
She and her mom went to a local bridal shop with an extensive selection and they were able to find a non-J Crew dress in an almost identical style and color that was available in plus sizes.
Oddly enough, this friend is also mentally challenged- she doesn’t seemed phased by needing to get a different dress and I doubt anyone (including her) will notice any difference.
If you 2 different colors that could be mathed, it should make it easier.
Good luck! And you are wonderful to be so concerned with your junior BMs feelings! I’m sure it will really make her feel special to be included in your wedding.
Post # 5
Wow, this sounds like an ordeal. IMO, a junior bridesmaid doesn’t have to match, just coordinate. So if you can’t find the exact same style, I’d get another style in espresso. "Leah" would be really cute.
Post # 6
My Aunt is a manager at Ann Taylor Loft. Give them a call, they will be more than happy to locate a store that has the dress and should be able to ship it to you at no charge! Make sure you have the tag with the name and style number. Good luck!
Post # 7
I have made a mistake in my search, but I think I found the dress in Meadow Green, size 16 as a "Buy it Now" on ebay. Check this out (hope this long link works): http://cgi.ebay.com/Ann-Taylor-Celebration-Double-V-Neck-Dress-16-NWT-$188_W0QQitemZ230277416637QQcmdZViewItem?IMSfp=TL0808021120r18694
I hope this is it!
Post # 8
Definitely try calling a store — they can search their system and get you in touch with stores that may carry the style and size. And FYI, if you do call, for some reason not all the stores will necessarily come up on their system…I was on a hunt for a dress for my Maid/Matron of Honor after they sent her the wrong style and was filtered through different stores until I finally found one in the right size! But it’s definitely worth it and probably wayyyy cheaper than ebay b/c Averie is one of the styles they recently discontinued…my bridal party dresses were one of the ones that got cut and my Maid/Matron of Honor managed to get her dress for $40, original price $198. Good luck!!
Post # 9
Oops..I meant to say "I may have made a mistake…". Hope that the "buy it now" option from the ebay seller works for you!