(Closed) Tips for trying on dresses that are not your size (too small/too large)

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Post # 2
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Really, you just have to have a good imagination.  I think this is the cause of so much dress regret on here, which is usually vanished once the dress comes in in the right size.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions though, and try to talk to a seamstress before you commit.  I talked to my seamstress to ask how the dress would be altered and how it would actually fit in my size and it made me feel A LOT better.  Honestly though, while the dress I picked was my favorite that I kept going back to (that is how I knew it was my dress), I really didn’t have that moment until I have MY dress and it was in alterations.    

Post # 3
403 posts
Helper bee

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sfp:  Interesting question – I have had this dilemma and I think that is what has led me to changing my mind several times.

I did find it slightly more useful to try bigger samples because at least they can be pinned someway towards what you would look like, rather than too small which were either too difficult to breathe in or unable to cover up all that they should.

You need a good imagination and it does help to see pics of real brides wearing the dresses!

Post # 4
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

You can definitely get that yes feeling in a dress that isn’t the right size.  You’d be amazed what a good consultant can do with some clips.  In my case, they first clipped me in the back to show how the front would look when fitted.  Then, they put clips in the front to show me how the back would look (the dress I bought has a keyhole back, so this was important).  It wasn’t perfect, but I could still piece the look together enough to make my decision.  

Also, try to focus more on the general shape of the dress than the exact fit.  If a certain silhouette looks good on you in the sample, it will look as good or better when you wear the dress with the right measurements.

Post # 5
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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sfp:  you can totally get that yes feeling in a dress that’s too small! My dress was 6 sizes smaller than the size I ordered and I still absolutely fell in love with it and knew it was my dress! 

Some things to know. A good consultant will know when it’s a style of dress that is even worth trying to get you in or if the sample size is just too small.

Be perepared to potentially have the back of the dress all open. To really help get the feel for a dress have the consultant pin you in the front to see what that would look like on you then again with the back if possible, it really helps to get a real feel for a dress. 

Know that the consultant may potentially be all up in your business. I had one consultant literally rubbing me up and down to try and get a fitted skirt over my thighs. Then another try to help pull the skirt down and actually pulled my panties! 

Know that A-line dresses are going to be way esier to try on in smaller sizes than a fit and flare or mermaid. 

If you want to see my too small dress that I said was the one on me just message me and I’ll share ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Good luck! 

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - lotusresidence.com

I am currently living in Singapore and all sample sizes here are tiny! It made me very self conscious, so what also helped me was to go the appointment wearing the right underwear and bringing shapewear. Good luck and have fun at your appointment ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
37 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think it’s rare that sample sizes would fit perfectly, so you really just have to use your imagination. I had a rough time using my imagination, since I have none. That made the dress buying process a bit of a hassle for me. In some cases, the consultants would clip the dresses on — in one salon, they just stuffed a pillow in the back! I guess the clips wouldn’t work for those dresses — or they didn’t want to risk damaging their samples!

Either way, I think what helped me most was figuring out if I liked the general design of the dress and the way the sample lay. Then, I went online and spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find pictures of real brides wearing the dress (or a similar dress) so I could get a better sense of what it would look like on me!

I lucked out when I bought my dress because one of the samples from the trunk show at the salon where I ended up buying my dress fit me perfectly, so I didn’t really have to use my imagination at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I fell in love with a gown online, and when I went to try it on I was dismayed to find that the sample was several sizes too small. They squeezed me into it, but it wasn’t doing me any favors. So I tried on a few more dresses, but I kept coming back to the first one. Finally, the consultant pulled a dress in my size with some different non-essential elements (sleeves, neckline, embellishments) but the exact same shape as my dress – and I loved it! She also held my dress over the similar one so I could get the full effect, and I was sold. Already had my first fitting, no dress regret here! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Mine was actually wayyyyy too big when I saw and tried mine on for the first time but it was the only size they had in store.  Since it’s an older model/style, they couldn’t order it in the right size anymore.  But I loved it sooooo much!!  So when the lady was pre-fitting me, I was telling her my concerns that if I get the dress altered to fit me, I was worried that the whole essense of the dress would disappear because so much fabric would be lost and I was worried I would lose all the essential beading and what not. 

But the lady was amazing.  As she started pinning, she showed exactly where things would be cut, what parts were going and since she is so good at what she does, she made me feel sooooo much better and looking at the mirror, it still looked beautiful 5 dress sizes smaller.  I got my dress fitted again and altered and omg … no dress regret at all!! It’s still beautiful!!

It really helps if your tailor is amazing as what she does.

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