(Closed) Will I fit into a sample dress???

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@CaliforniaLove: I haven’t been dress shopping but it’s my understanding that the “regular” sized samples are typically a size 10, so maybe a street size 6 – 10, depending on designer/style. I’m not sure what size the plus sized samples are.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well, I don’t know if this is any help, but when I’ve been shopping, they’ve mostly put me in bridal size 8s and 10s (which seem to be the most common sample sizes), and those have mostly been too big. One 6, and that they had to squeeze me into. I’m not sure of my normal dress size, but the largest pants I have is an 8.

I don’t know specifically what size most sample sizes translate to in street sizing, but I hope that helps? I’ve also heard that a lot of shops seem to keep bridal 10s and 20s for samples, not sure how true that is or isn’t.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

In designer bridal…

Bridal 10 = Street size 6

Bridal 18 = Street size 14

Bridal 20 = Street size 16

Those are the sample sizes I saw most when I volunteered at a charity shop that sold Kleinfeld’s samples.

 

Places like David’s Bridal and (I think) Alfred Angelo use street sizing.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You’ll be fine.  If the sample doesn’t fit, they’ll put a panel in the back to hold you in with clamps so that you can still see what it will look like on you when it is ordered in your size.  I am a size 16 and had no problems when I went dress shopping!

Have fun!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t fit into most of the samples, I ordered a size 12 (Paloma Blanca) when I bought my dress. I didn’t think it was too bad when I couldn’t zip them up all the way, the consultants were good at using clips etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@CaliforniaLove: yeah some places used a panel and some didn’t. I def didn’t like it when they didn’t use the panel, but oh well. my SIL was right, they design wedding dresses to make you look and feel amazing. Don’t worry, you’ll look great!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

most of the dresses i tried on were wedding size 12 or higher. i tried on a few that were 10s. i ended up ordering a 10.

i’m a “street size” 6, so the samples were mostly 10+

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@CaliforniaLove:  oh my god you’ll be more than fine! seriously there is nothing to worry about. i tried on ~30 dresses and none were even close to being too tight. even if you were to come across a sample that was smaller than you, you can still get an idea of how it looks without zipping all the way!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I range between a 14-16 on top, and they just put in the panel and the clips. Are they annoying? Oh yeah. But they’re not embarassing, and it’s still easy to tell what the dresses will look like!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It kind of depend where you go. Most places stock a size 8 or a 10 but places like David’s Bridal will carry all sizes. However, don’t get discourage because all dresses and all styles cut different. I was a size 2 at david’s Bridal, a size 4 at another salon and I bought a high end designer dress and it fits perfect ata size 6.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You should be fine! Everything that I tried on with one exception was a bridal size 10. And the street size equivalent really varies by designer.

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