(Closed) Is it that hard to find a place to try on dresses?!

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally, I could not find any place in the area I lived where I could try on dresses.  I specifically wanted to try on a Allure 8350, but the sample sizes in all stores in the area didn’t have anything bigger than a size 10!

My friends and Fiance convinced me to take a risk and just order the dress I wanted in my size.  I’m glad I did.  It’s going to look great and I could have looked at a thousand dresses but still always wonder what that dress would have a looked like.  My Fiance was willing to bet the deposit on the dress that it would look great and he was right.

I’m not saying that gambling your deposit is the best solution, but to answer your question, yes, it is that difficult to try on dresses.  I wasn’t able to to.

Post # 4
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I was really lucky I guess, the first store I tried had maggies in all sizes! If you are ever in portland…..

Post # 5
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it depends on your location. I was looking in the Atlanta, GA to Greenville, SC area. Most of the shops I visited had at least 5-10 dresses in size 18 and up, and many had far more than that. I was very happily surprised because I’d heard horror stories about David’s Bridal being your only option if you were over size 12. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with David’s Bridal, I just like choices….

I see you’re in Pennsylvania. How far are you from NYC? I bet if you call around, you’d be able to find a lot of beautiful plus size dresses there. Might be worth a trip even if it is several hours away.

Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just because you go to DB or AA, doesn’t mean you have to buy there.  I live in ATL and two of the DBs here are great.  I would recommend making an appointment and going during the week for the best experience.   Trying on in your size will give you a really good idea of what you like in terms of silhouette, trim, etc.  If you see a dress you really like elsewhere but can’t try on due to size, you’ll at least be able to make a really educated guess.

Post # 7
1221 posts
Bumble bee

i had a great experiance with davids bridal even though i heard bad reviews..

I would say at least go to davids bridal to try on different styles as @georgiabee said.. that way you at least have an idea of what you like.. because i ended up getting something totally different then what i thought i was going to like

Post # 8
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I say at least go to David’s and Alfred Angelo’s to try them on- you don’t have to buy from them. 

Also, you do have some time before your wedding- do you have any vacations or out of town trips planned?  If you do, look up shops there- you never know what you might find!

Good Luck!

Post # 9
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wear a size 16 and had been dreading dress shopping. BUT, the good news is that have been to three boutiques so far, and two were great. Both offered a selection of dresses in my size, but also used clips and bands to make it look as if the smaller sample dresses actually fit. No one made me feel bad about my size. It was such a relief and actually fun!! At the third one, they really had nothing that fit and just wanted me to hold up dresses. It was harder to get excited about anything there. Hang in there & keep looking 🙂

Post # 10
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know your pain…dress shopping was hard for me too.  One bridal shop actually made me feel like “pretty woman” and said “I don’t think we have anything for you here”.  I was so embarassed!  I’m a 16/18 and although I’ve heard mostly negative things about David’s, I did go there and was at least able to get some ideas which made my search much easier.  I took a gamble and ordered my dress online from PSbridal.com (they even have a return policy).  My dress arrived last week (took about 7 weeks) and I really do love it.  A good seamstress will be the key!  I’ve got a magician of a seamstress who is going to make the necessary alterations.  One tip my seamstress gave me was to order according to my bust measurement.  Everything else can be adjusted.  Hang in there and wear the dress that makes you feel beautiful (even if it is just a picture).  Best wishes to you!

Post # 11
20 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

For a point of reference.  I was able to “try on” dresses as small as a size 10 (I’m a 16/18 misses, more like size 20 bridal).  I found private bridal shops were really nice to me about it, which shocked me since I’d heard all the horror stories.

With the size 10’s I could get an approximate idea of what it looked like. 

I too was hesistant about David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo, but found despite the reviews, I had a good time at both.  I would encourage you to go one of them so that you can at get a sense of what different dress styles look like on you.  That makes shopping at the private stores much easier. 

Good luck!

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