Post # 1
This is actually my first post here, even though I’ve been coming to this forum for advice for a couple of months now.
I’m having a bit of anxiety right now, and I’m hoping some of you who are farther along in your wedding planning can help me.
I am a very small bride (5’2″, 98 lbs.) and, as you might imagine, many of the sample dress sizes are a bit roomy on me, especially those with the fuller skirts.
I’ve had one appointment so far, and initially I was sure I wanted a mermaid silhouette. I tried a few on, and they looked absolutely stunning, but… I just didn’t feel like I was getting married! That is, until I tried on the last dress of the day, an A-line silhouette. It definitely wasn’t “THE dress,” but I couldn’t believe how much more bride-y I felt in it over the other ones.
Recently I saw a dress that I am DYING to try on (the Sydney gown, from Watters), but everywhere I’ve called that carries the line only has the dress in a 12.
If I try on a dress that’s six sizes too big, even with clipping, is it even going to look like the same dress? I put a picture of the gown below. I’m just so nervous that I’m going to go try it on, and then hate the skirt because it will be so full that it will make me look even shorter/make my proportions look strange.
Has anyone else tried on a dress that was way too big? With it clipped, could you actually get a real idea of what the dress was going to look like, or did you feel like you were swimming in it?
This is the dress I want to try on:
Post # 3
I think that dress is beautiful! It doesn’t seem like it has too much poof, so I think your small frame would be able to pull it off. Also, remember your dress will have a lot less fabric since the samples have to be huge on you! Shoot, many were too big on me, and I am 5 inches taller than you and 30 lbs heavier!
Post # 4
That dress is a stunner!
It will be hard to get “the look” from just having a sample dress clipped when you’re so petite. You might consider seeing if someone from the shop’s alterations department could come talk to you while you’re trying it on, maybe put in a few pins in various places so it’s not just all smooshed up in the back like clipping is. Clips just crank all the extra fabric around behind you, pinning it in the places where the dress will actually be smaller could help a lot more.
When I was trying on my dress before I bought it, the store’s alterations manager came out to see me and show me what they could do to make the decorative bottom of the skirt (made for a 6′ tall girl!) work for me (5’3″). I felt much better seeing it pinned up, and I bought it!
Post # 5
Thank you so much for the tips!
I’m just so nervous. I just keep wondering, “What if the skirt looks big and I buy it anyway, and then when my size comes in the skirt still swallows me and I’m not happy?”
It feels like such a risk! >.<
Post # 6
That dress is beautiful! I’m about 5’2″ (5’2.5″) also, and I would definitely go for it. The skirt is very flowy and light (in appearance), so I think that will prevent it from seeming to “swallow you whole”.
Post # 7
I am your same size. Trying on dresses was a little stressful and I had to use my imagination. And I STILL picked a big dress even though I am tiny….
Even bigger petticoat
I stress about it still because I am not getting it fitted for another couple months so it doesn’t fit perfectly. Everyone on here keeps telling me it will be fine. I say go for what you really want. Once it comes in , in your size it won’t feel so big and awkward.
Post # 8
@rachelmichelle: You’ll be fine! I am close to your size.
Sample (clipped) – size 10:
My dress (unaltered and still too big in the bodice) – size 0:
I love Watters Sydney, btw! Remember that you can always have some of the crinoline removed if it’s still too poofy for you in your size.
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Post # 10
I’m petite like you, and I actually tried on the Watters Sydney dress. In fact, it was one of my top contenders! The sample I tried on was around a 12, and even with it being bigger I didn’t think it was too poofy at all. It was a beautiful dress.
I will say that for most samples, you just aren’t going to get a real idea of what the actual dress will look like in your size. I was actually almost disappointed when my dress came in. I felt like the larger size of the sample made me think my dress would be a bit flowier than what it is. I still love my dress, but had I been able to try it on in my actual size, I’m not sure it would have been the one I chose.
Me in the sample:
My actual dress
Post # 11
Oh wow, ladies, thank you so much!
I’ve always been told that since I’m small, I shouldn’t go for the big poofy gown, but you all look completely gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing your pictures with me… I feel a lot better about my appointment now.
Post # 12
I think you’ll look great, and I LOVE that dress. It’s one I want to try on!
Post # 13
If you don’t mind, when you do try it on you should totally post a picture. 🙂 I love to see what the dress looks like on real brides. (If you’re not comfortable posting a pic that’s completely fine, too.)
Post # 14
@rachelmichelle: hi! i know this post is awhile ago. i’m 5’1 and a few 🙂 and i’m 98 lbs too 🙂 i thought that the ball gowns and a-line made my waist tinier 🙂 but it was too much for me but for example, this dress was a 12 as well and they clipped it really good and you can imagine that it’d look like that with the neckline a little lower when it comes in my size which is a 0-2. i found that mermaids made me lose my curves *what curves i have* and made me look straight vertically and if the proportions aren’t right—it’ll make me look shorter than 5’1.
i think you’d look totally fab!
Post # 15
Hi fellow Orlando bee! 🙂
I am like you…a tiny bride who thought she wanted mermaid but then ended up stearing away from it in the end. I fell in love with and bought a Maggie Sottero Jenna:
For me, it was the perfect compromise between form fitting and a ‘bigger’ princess look 🙂 It’s a full A line with a sweartheart neckline. Luckily the store had a 6 that I could try on so it wasn’t TOO big, but I have definitely been in plenty of bigger sizes and it was so hard trying to tell if it would fit me right! Did you end up finding your dress yet??
Post # 16
@starlight1222: I did! Thank you so much for sharing, ladies! That maggie is GORGEOUS.
Ha ha I actually ended up BUYING the Watters dress, even though the one I tried on was a size 12. I loved it WAY TOO MUCH. I ordered it in ivory/ivory, though, instead of oatmeal/ivory.