(Closed) plus size dress shopping anxiety

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am a size 16/18 and I will be honest, some of the dresses I was unable to try on due to the shape/style/sample size!

I too was in your position but until I took that leap and tried, I was surprisingly happy with the way the ladies/consultants made me feel so much better about myself! They tried their hardest to give me the best “how it will really look in my size!”

When setting my appointmetns, I asked “do you have a good variety of dresses that I will be able to try on being a size ___?” And most consultants put my mind at ease!

I found my dream dress and I know you will too!

Best of Luck hun!!!

Post # 5
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am also a 16/18 which was about a 20/22 in wedding dresses. My advice is to call the shops before making an appointment and make sure that they have dresses in your size to try on – many do. And don’t stress! I was nervous as well but every single dress I tried on zipped. I had nothing to worry about!

Post # 6
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs.Kennedy:  I felt the SAME way!  I even cried once at a bridal show talking to someone about my anxiety.  I see that you are in Southeastern MA (so am I) and there is Botecelli in RI that is just plus size dress samples.  They only have one maker (Sophi Tolli) but I’m sure you’ll be able to try on many sizes.  There is also Alfred Angelo that just opened up in North Attleboro, and they carry plus size samples.  Personally, I found my dress at House of Brides in Woonsocket, RI.  They had MANY plus size samples.  I’m a street size 20 and there were multiple dresses that fit be great and they somehow got me into dresses that should not have fit!  Linda, is simply amazing and made me feel so comfortable.  The dress I ended up getting was her pick for me and the sample was 4 sizes smaller than what I ended up ordering.  And I got in it!  You should give that store a shot.  Here is a pic of the dress I ended up getting.  I am heading back this Saturday to look at some more accessories.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I cannot say enough good things about them.


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Post # 7
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I wore a dropped waist and everyone adored it. I don’t have pics of me in it fully yet to share, but it looked great! Everyone plus size bride I know has worn a drop waist and I think it’s the most flattering shape for us, if you are evenly distributed. Don’t be nervous, but ask about the sample sizes. I went to one place where nothing really fit me and it was uncomfortable mentally for me to be there in front of friends with my fatty back exposed all the way to my crack ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
608 posts
Busy bee

Sample sizes are important… don’t panic and go to a David’s Bridal… lots of stores will have gowns in your size!

Post # 10
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

Word – I was FREAKING OUT at the prospect of gown shopping. Every style I wanted (lace, straps) didn’t come in a big enough size to try on, and I kept on getting herded into satin a-line gowns that I DIDN’T WANT.

So go in, know yourself, know what you want & keep looking. It’s tempting to just go with your first option because it fits and looks okay… but definitely take your time. When it’s on, you’ll know, and you’ll feel amazing – no matter what your size.

Post # 11
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was very worried too!! I didn’t even like to call and make the appointment and have to ask if they would have things for me to try on. But I did. They were all very nice. And there was plenty to try on. I also made sure to wear something I was comfortable in for while I was trying on, it was like spanx, so I was covered, that made a big difference for me. I am an 18/20 and they had me in all different sizes. Once I started I really enjoyed dress shopping. Not every place is the same, so if you do have a bad experience one place, don’t let it discourage you. And I agree that Davids Bridal is not the only place you can go! They were great to me and I got to try on a lot of dresses there but I went to 4 other places and got to try on just as many at each of them. I think I also have a dropped waist it was by far the most flattering on me. Good Luck!

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

If you are in the Detroit area, check out Bombshell Bridal in St Clair Shores! ALL of the gown samples are plus size (16-32) and they are just beautiful! If you are a fashion savvy plus size girl this is the go to place. The prices were awesome and most expensive gown I saw was $1500. They also had great plus size undergarments and an amazing selection of accessories including wide width shoes!!! Plus, my consultant was great and we had so much fun!

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