Post # 1
How does dress shopping go for a plus size girl? Do most stores carry a plus size version of their dresses for me to try on? Or our they going to try and squeeze me in a size 10 for fitting? Does anyone know how this works?
Post # 3
All bridal salons I went to had a plus size section. Good luck and have fun!
Post # 4
What size are you? if you’re a 14-18 it will be relatively easier to find a sample for you to try in a style you like. Most bridal shops do carry plus sizes but in my experience the selection is awful.
Be confident and strong. Some of these sales ladies are very blunt. Like, VERY blunt. Don’t take it personal and don’t let them intimidate you.
If you have a style in mind take a printout or a magazine page and show them. If they suggest the style won’t fit you or is not for your body shape, do not listen to them. Here’s the line I used:
"I understand what you’re saying but until I try this on (showing picture), even if I only hold it to my body, I won’t change my mind and I won’t choose anything else. I need to see it for myself."
Most designers have plus size dresses they just don’t send the samples so if you have something in mind and they don’t have it, request a similar style.
My last piece of advice, pretend no one’s around you or go on a slow day…so you don’t feel self-concious.
Post # 5
I had a HORRIBLE experience in a bridal salon. I called ahead and asked if they had plus sizes for me to try on. They assured me they had a large selection. Well- I got there and they were hideous early 90s looking ugliness! Also, the sales rep kept bringing in samples that she said I could ‘squeeze’ into. She wouldn’t listen to me that I wouldn’t be able to get them on until I actually mortified myself and tried. HORRIBLE! (And you’ll be lucky to find a size 10!)
I went to David’s Bridal and had my pick out of dozens and dozens of dresses in a variety of styles. I found my dress there on the first trip.
My advice would be to try David’s. Even if you don’t want to buy your dress there they have a big selection and you could at least see how the styles look on you so you can make a more confident choice elsewhere (if they don’t have a sample that fits you). That’s what a friend of mine did and it really helped her know that the dress she wanted (but couldn’t try a sample of) would look good on her.