(Closed) When is a dress considered plus size?

posted 10 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Depends on brand. Street size clothing stores marketing to ‘plus-size’ can start as low as size 12 (street size).  I just checked the Lane Bryant site and their smallest in the random pants I clicked on was a 14, so I’m guessing 12/14 is sort of the lower-limit cut-off for plus-size.  Bridal samples usually are 10s with a range usually from 8-12, but I think ‘plus-size’ sample sizes in bridal are probably going to start at at least an 18.

Post # 4
1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think for most big brand stores, it’s considered plus when it’s a 16+. Sometimes a 14, but I find that 14 can be found at most bridal shops, even if they dont stock plus size. Also, I know that most sample plus size dresses are 16s.

Post # 5
8462 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yep, I think it depends on the designer. I think for the gowns I was interested in if you wanted more than a size 14 there was an upcharge. There is also the “womens” sizes (what exactly is that supposed to mean?!) that are labelled 16W (for example), which is a plus sized line.

Post # 6
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not sure if this helps, but when it comes to wedding dresses, technically you can get anywhere from a size 0-32 dress that isn’t plus size.

I’m a street size 22, for designers that don’t have a “plus size line” I was comfortably zipping up a size 28 (and wanted to shoot myself)…the dress I ended up getting is an Alfred Angelo “plus size” 20W.  The W typically indicates plus size. 

Post # 7
1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Westwood:  I think they might say “women’s size” to make you feel better that they’re not using “plus size”. This is at least the way I’m taking it!

I am right on the borderline…I’m a 14 in jeans, so sometimes I need a plus size dress, sometimes the 14 works. I have been looking for shower and rehearsal dinner dresses lately. I was just looking at the Limited’s Eloquii line, and I’m liking them. They’ve taken a lot of the styles that they have on their website and made them bigger, or altered them slightly to be more flattering. I get frustrated because I’ll see cute clothes at a store like that, but then they won’t fit. They’ve got some spring sales right now…just in case anybody’s interested :-).

Post # 8
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I really struggled whether I should buy my dress in a size 16 or 18. The store sample was a 16 and fit me perfectly, but according to the measurement charts, I should order an 18.

In the end, I ordered the 18 just to be on the safe side. I did ask though whether there was a Plus size charge for the 18 cause I was not paying the upcharge only to pay later to get the dress taken in. There wasn’t a price difference, so I ordered the bigger size.

Oh, and I’m usually a size 14 and have never shopped in a plus size store.

Post # 9
42 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kimberlyr22:  Agreed. Women’s (W) are cut differently and have different measurement’s. You can have a 14 and a 14W. In general, 14 seems to be the most frequent cut off point.

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