Post # 1
A local bridal boutique was having a big sale at a hotel today, and my best friend convinced me that it would be fun to check it out and try on a few dresses. Well, I am a zize 10 or 12 street size and NOTHING fit me. All of the dresses I liked wouldn’t even fit my leg … I feel pretty down about myself right now. I even lost 30 pounds a year ago… I couldn’t imagine how bad I would feel had I not lost that weight. With that said, and it being such an awful experience, I am petrified of hvaing to do it again. I have an appt. in a month at another shop, but I want to cancel it and try and lose some weight first. Anyone else have an experience like this?
Post # 3
oh dear… I tried on a dress and as I started to pull it up, I heard it ripping….so I looked at the attendant and said guess I won’t try that one one… and I’m a street size 8. These wedding boutiques just need to have 2 size samples. You will have a much better experience next time.
Post # 4
Girl, you went to the wrong store! Keep looking. I am more than twice your size and I was able to find stores that had sample sizes that fit me. I know that Davids Bridal has a variety of sizes. You should also let the owner of that store know how discouraged you felt that you were not able to try anything on in your size. If all they have are size 4/6/8 sample gowns then they are going to limit their client base quite a bit. Seriously, go somewhere else, and ask when you get in the door if they have samples in your size. That way you can avoid being discouraged in the future. You WILL find a gown, trust me! Keep your chin up!
Post # 5
I was a street size 10 and then 12 when I went in and I had some dresses that fit and some that didn’t. It’s pretty hit or miss. A lot of salons have varied sample sizes.
Dress shopping will make you feel like crap about your body at least once, unfortunately. BUT, that all goes away when you find the right one. Don’t loose hope!!
Post # 6
Thanks girls. It was very frustrating because I wanted to see the different shapes and sizes of the dresses… but nothing fit. ONLY one dress out of 100 would zip up. I think I will call the shop I have my next appt with and see what sizes they have for me to try on….. ever notice that the bigger sizes aren’t as pretty dresses though? Today all the prettiest dresses were the tiniest….
Post # 7
Street size 9 in my butt and I had to order a size 12 for a bridesmaid dress…. It sucked. The worst part one of the other bridesmaids was a size ZERO… *UGH*
Post # 8
Ugg I feel your pain. I’m generally a size 6 and I ordered one dress in a 14. They are really not true to size. Just replace the numbers with something like letters. Its simply a measuring scale, not a gauge of beauty !
Post # 9
Trust me I know what you mean I am a street size 12-14 and I am a 16 in bridal. I can see how it could get frustrating, but there are a lot of places that have sample sizes big enought and the dresses are beautiful. You are not even a big girl so dont get down on yourself. I know how that can feel discouraging, but you have to realize that bridal runs small anyways!! You will find your dream dress! No worries.
Post # 10
I fear this! I’m a street size 12 (it’s mostly my butt and hips) and I have a feeling that i’m going to cry at the size of my dress.
Post # 11
I can totally relate. Somehow this was way less of a problem with Maggie Sottero dresses though. Maybe find a salon that specializes in her dresses?
Post # 12
Hearing your stories and encouragment makes me feel so much better. I knew my size would be bigger in bridal… but I didn’t realize how much, and that it would be tricky to find one to try on. I’m going to work out hard the next few weeks, and eat healthy so I at least feel my best and then try the whole bridal dress shopping thing again 🙂 It was a hard reality to stomach…
Post # 13
@vermontia: Agreed, I never had this issue with Maggie Sottero dresses especially the ones with a corseted back.
OP keep your chin up and keep looking, you just need to find the right designer and style that can flatter your body and you’ll be feeling pretty amazing.
Post # 14
Hmm…I’m a bridal 16 and I was able to get the bridal size 10’s on. They didn’t zip/lace up of course but i could still see them on me. I was trying on ball gowns though.
Post # 15
I have heard they they are starting to make bridal dress sizes bigger. 🙂 SO yay. The idea I heard is trying to make them closer to clothing size. Smaller numbers = happier shoppers
Post # 16
Don’t be too hard on yourself! I’m a street size 8 (sometimes 6 or 10, depending on the store haha) and when I went shopping for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for my sister’s wedding, I couldn’t fit into any of the sample sizes. It broke my heart. I got my dress a few weeks back and it’s a size 14. Bridal stuff just runs small, sadly!