(Closed) Stressed about trying on dresses

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was oddly not worried about this even though I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been and out of shape and not happy with myself.  None of the people stayed in the room with me when I changed but I never felt like anyone was staring at me or judging me in a negative way.  I actually felt everyone (and I had five) were very supportive.  One dress wouldnt fit and the girl had to go up and try to pull it down but its not like they want to stick their face close to your butt either.  Most of the people should be all business and again I am sure they have seen all types and they probably dont even think about it!  Their job is to make you feel beautiful and they will!  If they dont, leave and go somewhere that will!

Post # 4
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook

 

mrsb616:  Do NOT worry!  This is all perfectly normal but no one will be looking at you funny or anything.  Bridal shops see people of all shapes and sizes so there is absolutely nothing you need to worry about.

I would not wear white leggings, but wear spanx- the kind that goes from your bra down to your thighs.  Wedding dresses are HOT and you will get sweaty, so the spanx help the dresses go on and off easier and also give you a little more coverage if they need to leave the back of the dress open while clipped. 

Also, I spent some time between dresses just standing in the room in my spanx and bra, while the consultant ran out to grab more dresses.  If this would make you uncomfortable I would bring a lightweight robe with you to wear while you’re waiting.

Post # 5
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1552 posts
Bumble bee

I was worried about trying on dresses (for different reasons) but it ended up great. I only went to one store, tried on 6 dresses and actually bought the first dress I tried on. As far as stripping down, Im not very body confident either but it was all so busy and such a happy blur that the being ‘naked’ part just flew by. The woman was really nice and tried not to look/ was too interested in getting the dress sorted. I wouldnt recommend wearing leggings or anything like that though because it may ruin how you see or feel in the dress. I wore a thong (it wasnt a planned visit!) but you could wear skin coloured boxer shorts to feel more covered. Just think to yourself that these women do this every day and will have seen all types of bodies including many worse than ours. They probably have their own body issues too. Good luck with it and I hope you find your prefect dress! 

Post # 6
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1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

totally not like that, the leave you to change in the room alone and always knock, they dressed me in a full long line bra and a long slip so none of my body was exposed when they came in to put the dresses on me.

Post # 7
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354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I had experiences in shops that let me get dressed alone and then just helped with zippers/adjustments, but I did also have shops that helped me in and out of the gowns. I don’t know if they would have let me do it myself if I’d asked. I always wore a nude thong and strapless bra, but for some gowns had to take the bra off. It was not the *most* comfortable thing, but remember they do this all day every day and should be professional about it. I didn’t have any negative experiences. Agree w PP about Spanx vs leggings, though!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

When my mother was trying on dresses for her wedding the consultant let my sister help her into the dresses because she had a complex about changing in front of people too. 

Post # 10
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1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

 

mrsb616:  I wore thongs and no bra.  MOst came in after I was dressed and I dont see why anyone would care if you asked for that 🙂

Post # 11
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1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Try not to worry, every place I went to had private dressing rooms so absolutely no one was just standing around in the open in their undies. One place I went to I didn’t even have a consultant come in the room with me and that was actually my least favorite store because it really was difficult getting into and out of the dresses by myself. The other two places gave me a petticoat and a waist cincher I could put on first by myself (with my own bra), then after I was in those things the consultant came in and helped me in and out of dresses, so I never felt truly exposed in front of her, and depending on the types of dresses you try on perhaps they’ll put you in a petticoat first as well.

Anyway, try to breathe and enjoy the process 🙂 I never really stood around mostly undressed waiting for a new dress anyway. They would leave me in the previous dress until the consultant had the second dress to try on, so the changing time was very quick and minimal.

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