(Closed) Trying on dresses that are way too big?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

This happened to me as well. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share, but I will share a warning. Pay attention to the back of the dress before they clip it onto you. I thought I was buying a dress with a V back because that’s how it looked once they clipped it tighylh. I was shocked to find out that the dress actually had a U back once I ordered it in my size. I ended up growing to love it, but it definitely wasn’t what I thought I ordered.

One of the stylists told me that the very petite and the very large girls both have the most issues with dress appointments. It would be so nice if they had samples in various sizes instead of just one size. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I had this problem as well! I ended up going to a trunk show where they happened to have the model sizes present. They looked SO different!! Really helped me get a feel for how it would look.

My consultant was great though. In the standard sample sizes, she showed me where everything would hit in my size. But some things, like the V vs U, you couldn’t see.

I don’t have my dress yet, but I’ll see if I can find similar styles in different sizes.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

One thing that helped me was spending time on the various preowned wedding dress sites. It took a bit of searching but I was able to find photos of brides who wore a similar size and had a similar body shape, wearing specific dresses or or similar dresses to the ones I was interested in.  Helped me get an idea for how a dress would on a body in the “correct” size for me. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

In addition to what pp said about looking at the back of a dress, if you are seriously considering a dress, have them actually clip the front (instead of the back) so you can see how the back will actually look on you.  I was hemming and hawing between 2 dresses, and as soon as I saw how the back of one of them really looked, I dismissed it.

I otherwise felt like the dress I ultimately ordered didn’t seem different from the samples other than being my size, so I wouldn’t stress too much about that, especially since it sounds like you understand how things might look once scaled down.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I am also a 00 and short, and all the sample sizes were 8-12. I wouldn’t worry about it; they’re pretty used to adjusting for sizing. I also had the front clipped so I could see the back, and that helped. Presumably they’ll order it in your size, and the designer takes sizing into account when making the dress.

You can always add a crinoline under your skirt if you’re worried it’s not full enough.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

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auroraocelot: If it has lace detailing at the bottom which does not connect to anything higher up on the skirt, most likely that is stitched on separately in an applique, and can be removed to take up the hem and reapplied. Some dress shops will ask to have the extra detailing shipped detached from your dress for a less expensive and time-consuming alteration.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I’m the same size, 5’ and a 00, clip the dress several ways so you can see it from different angles. 

I would also budget a lot for alterations. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Is there an option to have a dress in/near your size to be shipped to the local store for you to try it on? 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

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auroraocelot:  You can have them take layers out underneath. Is the dress a ballgown?

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