(Closed) MOB Dress Shopping

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
15963 posts
Honey Beekeeper

You are so sweet to be so considerate of your momma’s feelings! If I were you, I’d make a whole day of shopping — maybe you can get coffee and get a manicure or a pedicure that day too. Those always make us women feel a little bit better about ourselves!

Where were you planning to shop? Could you call some places ahead of time and explain the situation and make sure they have some dresses there that, even if they aren’t your mom’s exact size, would be something she could try on to get a feel for how things are going to look?

And don’t forget, the alterations that are done after the dress comes in will help a lot to reassure her of fit and look.

I feel like this is a pretty common dilemma for mommas of the bride (and groom). But I know you can help her get through it and actually enjoy it, and even more importantly, find a dress that she feels fabulous in!

Post # 4
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Depending on where you go, there might be a personal shopper who could pull dresses that would compliment her figure and stature ahead of time. That might make it better?  It is sweet of you to try to make this a really positive experience for her.

Post # 5
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I’d let her go alone to try on some things first and then maybe take you back if she finds something she really likes or is unsure about. I hated shopping for my dresses, but would have hated it even more if my daughters were watching. I had very helpful salespeople bringing in dresses for me, and it was much easier when it was with strangers.

She’ll be fine once she finds a few that interest her.

Post # 6
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@DeeVine1217:  I shop often with my mom who also has body issues.  My two tips are DON’T go shopping all day, after trying on so many things that don’t work out your confidence is zero and it’s time to go home.

And DON’T put it off until the last minute, it sounds like she’s trying to do that and to find the right thing you may have to do some work.

I shopped online with my mom, we ordered 3 dresses and returned all but 1 which is perfect!  She is now very excited about wearing it!

Post # 8
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@DeeVine1217:  I agree with PP, I would only go to one salon for your first shopping trip that way the experience isn’t overwhelming.  I would also recommend that you call the shop ahead and make sure they carry dresses in and around your mom’s size.  it might be helpful for your mom to get a corset to wear when trying on gowns that way she can get a better sense of how the dress will look on her.  Also, maybe an option is looking for a dress that has a corseted back with a modesty panel to help give your mom more of an hour glass shape.  I think that if she wears a bolero jacket with her gown it could look really nice with a bolero jacket.  Finally, do not underestimate the power of asymmetrical fabric draping or ruching! It totally slims the body down.  Good luck!

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