Post # 1
I’m a dress size 20 and I found dresses I love but I’m only 5 foot 1 and I really don’t wanna wear heels on my big day so I’m looking for sites or stores in the US that carry sizes for full figured girls who are short like me. I’m really scared that I’m not gonna find any dresses that look good on me but that also don’t need a lot of hemming. I’m feeling really emotional and self concious about it. I want to look good for my fiancee on our big day but, at the same time I want to be comfortable and secure in what I’m wearing. So far I’ve had a bad time while gown shopping because the lady that was “helping” me seemed nice enough in front of my (smaller sized) bridesmaids and my fiancee but when she was helping me into gowns she kept making rude little remarks about my size. I also specifically said that I didn’t want to wear/try on heels beause they hurt my feet, even if I wear them for a short time, but she still put me in a pair of four inch heels for 30-45 minutes while I was trying on dresses. I’m bad at advocating for myself so I just took the pain and anger in silence and put on a happy face for the peole who accompanied me. I didn’t want them to know how angry and hurt(physically and emotionally) I was by her comments and lack of listening skills. I’m sorry if I’m ranting but I really need help and I know that I can help others the best if I know more than just the bare minimum.
Thank you for any help you’re able to give me and for your time.
~Old but new, borrowed and blue
Post # 3
I’d start looking at designers websites or calling bridal stores and ask which designers offer “hollow to hem” gowns. These are gowns that when ordered, in addition to the regular measurements, the consultant will measure from the depression at the base of your neck (hollow) to the hem line. If its a straight gown they go straight down, if it has a poofy skirt they’ll hold it out somewhat away from the body. The gown is then assembled to your specific measurements. I think i tried on an Allure gown that offered this option, but I’m pretty sure that a lot of designers offer it, you’d just have to do some research on which ones they are.
Post # 4
@nikkialys: Good to know. I’ll have to start asking that. Thank you 🙂
Post # 5
@Old-but-new-borrowed-and-blue: I’m sorry you had such a bad first dress shopping experience. At David’s Bridal the person insisted I should wear heels so I could see “the full effect”. But I’m alot like you in that I don’t wear heels regularly, so after the first two dresses I just kicked the shoes off and went out bare footed. I’m 5’1″ and plus sized, so dresses were really long on me too.
Both Alfred Angelo and Maggie Sottero have petite versions of dresses. With Alfred Angelo you can order the dress 3″ shorter and I think I remember that Maggie Sottero had a 3″ and a 5″ shorter option. Both designers also have dresses that are flattering on plus sizes. So if you have an Alfred Angelo signature store near you, it might be worth trying. 🙂 Hang in there!
Post # 6
@StarryNight2011: Thank you! I’ll check them out.
Post # 7
@Old-but-new-borrowed-and-blue: Mori lee by julietta has beautiful plus sized gowns ; )
Post # 8
I think Casablanca offers a hollow to hem optivs and as someone said Maggie sottero and sottero and migdley offer this I think David’s bridal also offers it
Post # 9
+1 to all of the hollow to hem replies
I am 4’11” (probably 4’10 3/4, but I just go with 11).
Anyways, I’m roughly about the same size. There was no way I was going to find a dress without having to do major alterations without doing the hollow to hem.
Seriously, the best extra 100 bucks I’ve ever spent in my life. I’ve never had a dress that just fit my height. It was awesome!
I went with impressions bridal, 2951. 🙂 No regrets!