Post # 1
I am not a little person and dress shopping was freaking me out. Since getting engaged I have been on Weight Watchers and lost 28 pounds. I am currently a size 14 but was a tight 16 when I started and even when I am a healthy weight I am still usually a 12. I still have a bit more to lose, but I figured I would dress shop at the halfway mark. Leading up to shopping I was having serious anxiety. I was worried I would look like stuffed sausage. I have a tummy. I always have. I was so worried that nothing would look flattering on me. My biggest fear was not feeling comfortable with myself on my wedding day. So after freaking out a bit, I headed to my first (and as it turns out my only) dress shopping adventure. I went with my Mom, GMom and SIL. I knew all would be brutally honest without hurting my feelings and I wouldn’t come home with something that didn’t work for me.
Let me tell you ladies, there is something magical about wedding dresses that I haven’t seen with any other dress I have ever tried on. They are made to make you look better. You might not think so, but trust me. The first dress I tried on was a corset back so it took a long while to get laced into that sucker. I was getting more nervous by the second. Finally I was in the dress. I walked out to show my ladies and looked into the mirror behind where they were sitting and I was pleasantly surprised… Holy Crap! I have a clearly defined waist. Where did that come from? And where is my tummy? I was wearing a ribbed longer bra, but still no shapewear. I was shocked! At that moment I let all of my anxiety and tension go and decided that yes, I could in fact look good in a wedding dress and I was going to enjoy this moment.
If you are wondering how it turned out while we liked the 1st dress. The second dress was a clear winner. I tried on about 4 more after that one but kept going back to dress #2. It was the one I had been looking at online for months. It was my dress. So after putting it on a second time I happily decided it was my dress and rang that bell*. And then went out to a lovely dinner with my family.
So I just wanted to say to anyone with dress anxiety. Just go out the first time with an open mind people you are comfortable with and trust and you might just be surprised.
*Yes, I was at David’s Bridal. I just couldn’t justify spending a small fortune on something I would wear only once. So I set my sites on getting my dress (and my girls for the mismatched style) from there. And I have to say I had nothing but a positive experience. I also went on a week night evening and the place was not very crowded.
Post # 3
Nothing wrong with David’s Bridal 🙂 That is where I went for my lovely gown. It was $599 bucks, and it looks just as good if not better than designer gown for $4000+
I never once felt nervous about trying on a dress. Then I found my dream dress, it was a corset back and it is suppose to corset into a perfect V. Mine looked more like a tornado lol. It got really small at the hips because I am well endowed. However, it looked absolutely amazing. I, too, have lost weight (27 pounds) and so when I tried on my dress at my fitting that dress was amazing. I fell in love with it all over again to see that is laced perfectly, a perfect V like it was suppose to.
It really does do wonders for a body. Not only that but I look tan in it, so there really was no reason to fake tan or anything. The white against my skin already made me look great. I wish I could wear my dress every day. Can’t wait to wear it in a week!
Post # 4
@megz06: Oh yay! Glad you fell in love with your dress again. And congrats on the weight loss! I am tan right now so that helped, but I probably won’t be in January. At least I have a naturally dark complexion. Now to worry about tan lines, b/c yes I will still have them in Jan from this summer.’
They were super helpful at David’s. I know a lot of people have had problems but I have bought 2 bridesmaid dresses for myself there and none of my girls have had problems so far. Plus I got it on sale!
I loved the corset but I was fearful that once I started drinking beer I would feel trapped. Plus the plain back of the dress I picked looked better at my butt.
Post # 5
Thank you for your post. I’m not a big girl but I was and still kinda am terrified of going dress shopping. I want to lose 15lbs or so before my wedding and I just don’t want to go and try things on and look awful. Your post really makes me want to just suck it up and do it! lol
Post # 6
So happy to hear that you had a great dress shopping experience! I must say those corset closure dresses really frame any type of body style nicely … it sucks you in and gives a nice shape … no shape wear needed!
Post # 7
@DeeVine1217: Glad I could help. I was really freaking out. And finally saw a sale that ended July 2nd so I decided I better just go and do it. I don’t think it matters your size but if you aren’t comfortable with yourself it can be scary. And this is such an important purchase. I didn’t feel bad about myself once the whole time I was there. Even in clear NO dresses.
@xdaydreams05x: It really did. I didn’t end up with a corset I guess I didn’t make that clear but it was a great first dress. And the dress I picked had a rouching and a side drape so that helped.