Post # 1
So I’m looking around for dresses and just from the pictures, if the models they put the dresses on are any indication there is NO way I can fit in a “normal” sized dress. I am 6′ and normally a size 12/14. Those of you with experience with dress shopping, should I just accept that I will most likely need a plus sized dress and look at those or risk disappointment if I really like a normal sized dress sample but discover it doesn’t come in my size. It also doesn’t help that my dress budget is <$500 before alterations. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I’m 5’8″ and a street size 12/14.
Most of the sample dresses fit. Not all of them zipped up, but I could get the majority of them on.
Some were bridal sizes 12 and were too big, some were bridal size 12 and too small.
Where are you going to look for your dress?
Post # 4
Davids Bridal, POSSIBLY Alfred Angelo but it is a little out of my price range sadly.
Post # 5
Just about any designer will do a dress in a 12/14. I know Davids Bridal Plus Sized start at 14W. I think you might have more issue with your height than your dress size when it comes to shopping for a dress. Most stores carry sample sizes in 10s, but more and more have larger dresses to try on too. I am a 26W and have even found a few stores that carry my size to try on and have told me I can order anything I see in my size as well.
Post # 6
@sarahberah: From what I’ve heard David’s bridal runs truer to size (I haven’t been there so I don’t know).
Since you are so tall, the only thing I can think you might need is extra length.
Post # 7
Size 12 and up are considered plus sizes. Sample sizes are usually size 12 b/c that’s the size of the “average” american woman. If you are going to David’s Bridal, they have a pretty good range of sizes so you shouldn’t have a problem trying on dresses that fit. My sister is a size 8 but since she is tall, she had to special order her dress in order to get the correct length. She bought her dress at AA by the way.
Post # 8
Davids bridal does run true to size. When you go there they will have a lot of dresses to try on in your size. They keep a good amount of dresses in every size. O and you are not considered plus size. 🙂
Post # 9
Well this is reassuring 🙂 I am super self concious because I am built like a football player, I don’t think I’m overly “fat” however I am just BIG.
Post # 10
What @KatNYC2011: said is what happened with me. I’m 5’6 and a 12/14 and I only had trouble in 1 store and that was only with a couple mermaid fit dresses. Stores like David’s and Alfred Angelo usually have each dress in 2-3 different sizes too so you should be okay. I only ran into problems in private shops where they only had 1 size of each dress. You can always call ahead and ask too, this way you don’t waste any of your time.
Post # 11
Oh I can feel you on this one. I’m a street size 10 or 12 and I have had to try on gowns as large as size 16!!! Thus, putting me in the so called “plus sized” catagory. However, some designers are truer to size and although it shouldn’t have matter, I was sooo glad the designer I chose was one of those designers and my gown is a gize 12.
I don’t know what the deal is with “European sizes”. UGH.
Post # 12
@sarahberah: Im normally a 12/14 and I’m 5’4” but I dont think I look overweight? LoL Sorry saying im a 12/14 at my height bothers me from time to time- it all came about POST BABY! LoL I got my dress at Davids Bridal & am obsessed with it- I gota 12 in it and if it weren’t for my chest (I wear a 36DD) then I would have fit in a 10. Davids is great! I got my dress for $419! What kida silhouette are you looking for? I suggest Davids! They are so universal on sizes!
Post # 13
Plus sized is anything over a street size 16. Most wedding gowns run by number, 2 sizes larger than a street size. (If you try on a size 16 wedding gown, it compares to a 12 in street clothes,usually).
Most plus sized dresses run wider and are a fuller cut but are not necessarily longer.
Post # 14
@sarahberah: Just FYI, from one tall bee to another… you’re most likely going to need that extra length. I’m having to have 4 inches added to my dress. I don’t think it’s that expensive though. (I’m also wearing flats though, so if I were to wear heels I’d probably need 7-8 inches added on).
This was at David’s Bridal. And like PPs have said, they run pretty true to size. I’m an 18/20 and all the dresses I tried on were in my size and fit pretty perfectly…other than height.
Post # 15
Ok from one tall bride to another. I’m 6’…well 5’11 and a 1/2″, but what is a half an inch?
I went to David’s to try on dresses and ALL of the dresses that i tried on came up to my ankle/shin area. I was told that I could get some of them lengthened and that it could change the look of the dress, so I am not going back there because I don’t want to risk that.
I also went to a boutique and did not have a length problem with samples they touched the floor on me w/o shoes on.
I wear a street size 16 and felt I had a more of a hard time trying on dresses at David’s than the botique. They had NO dresses that I ilked, they just had ball gown and A line styles in my size and had no other styles for me to try on. I felt that some of the styles they had me try were dated. I was disappointed in the selection I had and I only assume it would be narrowed down further since not all dresses could get exra length.
By The Way, if you have tall BMs, when I was in a wedding the bride insisted the dress come from there and we had 3 or so choices, b/c of extra length and she wanted a long dress for us.
Post # 16
Thanks so much for the tips ladies! My Bridesmaid or Best Man range from 5′ flat to 5’10” so they are just getting their own knee to tea length black dress.
Good to know about the extra length! I’m wearing flats because Fiance is all of 5’8″ and I don’t want to tower over him more. 🙂
Edit:My grammer is sad. Sorry!