(Closed) What is considered “full-figured?”

posted 7 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I think anything over size 12. I am a 14 and consider myself “full figured.”

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@NJmeetsBX: I think it really depends on each designer, they are all so different from each other.  I think the general rule of thumb is like stores… Misses can go up to 16 (I’ve even seen 18), but plus sizes can even start at size 12/14/16 (at Torrid).

IMO, you would be misses, not full figured.  Most samples are 10/12 in the bridal shops (some have more sizes as well!).  Good luck and have fun!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you would fall in the full figured catagory since many wedding dresses tend to run on the small size.  If you aren’t sure, maybe just tell them that you are a street size 12/14 and let them make the call.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@NJmeetsBX:  “Good to know the samples are 10-12 I thought they were 2s!”  

 

Depends on where you go I think.  I went to DB’s and found they had samples of pretty much all sizes there.  Not in every dress, but definitely a good selection!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would like to suggest if there are small bridal shops you are interested in going to, give them a call and ask what sizes they have for samples.  This way you know before going out if they have sizes close to what you need and won’t get frustrated trying on a size 6 and having to “picture how amazing this will look in your size”.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@NJmeetsBX: You might really try on a corset style dress, they are great for curves, they hug all the right places : ) (I’ve even heard it’s saved $$ in alterations). Best of luck to you!  You’ll have to come back and let us know what you found!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

At the shop I went to the samples were labeled 10 or 12, but they fit or were too big on my 4/6 frame.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@gwynth: I swear that’s the hardest part… picturing it in your own size (whether it has to be larger or smaller).  It can be so frustrating!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I felt like I was in limbo when I was a size twelve. When I went dress shopping, though, most samples were between an eight and a fourteen. Most were twelves. They didn’t fit perfectly since sizing is so wonky, but they fit well enough for me to tell if I liked them .

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t consider a 12 plus size. Once upon a time, plus size was 16 and above and I’m still sticking to those standards. It seems like every year, the media and designers want to make those numbers smaller and smaller. Soon they will say a size 8 and above is plus size. It’s a ploy to get people to pay more for extra fabric. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For the US: It seems as if anything 14 and above is considered ‘plus’

For Canada: 18 and over is plus

Bridal – most designers fit a size smaller than street (but not all, and each designer is different).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I wear a 12/14 and had almost no luck at normal bridal stores.  I finally found a place an hour away that had a completely separate plus-sized section and found my dress immediately (it was the first one I tried on).  Your bridal size is usually a size up from your street size, that is also a factor.  I bought a size 16 sample that had to be taken in a bit.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@bebefly: agreed. I’m reading this at a size 10 thinking…I’ve never once considered myself close to plus size. I think some stores here start at a 14+, but I’ve heard its a very different 14 than other stores.

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