(Closed) Street size 20, petrified of dress shopping.

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 17
3696 posts
Sugar bee

See if you can find a Brides Against Breast Cancer event near you! They carry gowns in all sizes, the volunteers are great, and it’s so much better than going the retail salon route, in so many ways (IMO, at least): no body-shaming, much better prices, the money you spend goes to a good cause, a wider variety of gowns than the same old strapless you see everywhere …

They have a mix of pre-owned and new gowns (donations from individuals, shops and designers) and they travel from city to city and hold events, usually on the weekends and usually at a hotel or conference center. Most prices range anywhere from 25%-75% off retail. And the volunteers who staff the events are wonderful to work with!


Post # 19
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wear jeans in size 20 or 22 depending on the brand. My dress ended up being an 18.

I was able to try on most dresses, but I ended up buying one that I didn’t get to try on. My husband (FI at the time) told me that was the dress and he could see in his mind that it would be perfect on me. He was right.

Here’s me in all my glory, kissing my hubbie on his cute nose.

Srsly… I look damn good in that dress.

Post # 21
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am a street size 18-20. I still haven’t found the “dress” but I haven’t been to a dress store where there isn’t at least one thing that will fit me. The hardest part is that a lot of gowns do come in sample sizes, and most of them run small. I would suggest finding the cut that looks best on you and working from there. Good Luck!

Post # 22
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@amallama:  If you’re located anywhere near northern virginia, you’re really going to want to try Curvygirls Bridal.  My experience there was WONDERFUL.  My dress is a size 24, though I’m a street size 18.  the 24 is a tad big on me but works great because I have 38G breasts.  

Post # 23
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

budget for alternations no matter what dress you buy– thats where the awesome comes from

Post # 24
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Take a look at michiru4evers dress, it’s gorgeous, and lace! 


Post # 25
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m an 18/20 street size. Here I am crammed into a size 6 (!!!!!) sample of my dream dress! I’ve posted it a million times but I love any excuse to post it again 🙂 I’ll be ordering it in a 16.

Post # 29
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@amallama: I have a ton of pictures of me in that dress! lol  Please pardon the bad hair day. Long, humid story. FYI, the flower that normally comes on the waist is detachable. The only reasons I didn’t buy it were because it only comes in the one color and I like the allure better. Where are you in the midwest? There’s a place called Bombshell Bridal outside of Detroit that specializes in plus sizes.





Post # 31
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@amallama:  I am a size 24. That dress was a size 22, and they had to squeeze me into it. I’m a 40 DD. I think you might have to order a bigger size to accommodate your chest, but then they can take it in elsewhere to make it look good. It’s really sturdy, so I think it would be a good dress for that. I felt like I was locked into it.

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