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Plus size bridesmaid dresses

Julie, on December 4, 2016 at 12:22 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 20
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I have 7 bridesmaids and a couple of them are considered "plus size". Finding stores that have samples that they can try on has been very difficult. I'm doing mix/match dresses so the girls want to see what their options look like. These women are truly a normal/average size! It is such a poor experience, and makes some of my most favorite ladies feel bad.

I just don't understand why all of these stores only carry one size sample. Is this normal or is it just the places we are shopping? I looked at stores in NY, NJ, MD. Are there any stores that are better about this? I'm just wondering if this is a larger problem, or if we have just had bad luck. Is this a big issue with actual bridal dresses as well? Thanks!

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Latest activity by Kelle, on December 5, 2016 at 10:39 PM
  • Madelaine
    Dedicated March 2017
    Madelaine ·
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    I was in CA, and I had a similar problem. One of my bridesmaids was perfectly the sample size. One was so skinny and tall that nothing hung right, and the other was wide enough that nothing zipped. I wish stores carried more sizes, because it's demeaning to be the "wrong size" and not be able to try on anything.

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  • Silverlava
    VIP September 2017
    Silverlava ·
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    Oh dear... Well for wedding dress shopping, 2/3 stores I have been to so far carried more than enough selection for me to try on as a size 16/18. So stores that cater to that do exist! I'm hoping David's bridal is one of them, because that is where I was planning on going for the bridesmaids dresses.

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  • Julie
    Savvy June 2017
    Julie ·
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    David's Bridal actually was the only place that had a variety of sample dresses. I was not a big fan of the selection though. One dress I found we all loved, but it was being discontinued. That's another issue we've had... a few dresses we liked and tried on were being discontinued.

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  • OMW
    Master August 2013
    OMW ·
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    David's has a good amount in plus-sized.

    If you're willing to go online, let me recommend Eshakti.com -you can have all the dresses tailor made there - lengths, necklines, sizes, etc. I'm plus-sized, and I get almost all of my work clothes from them, and a couple of fancier dresses.

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  • C
    Just Said Yes September 2017
    Chris ·
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    I found that locally owned bridal shops had more variety. I have several plus sized bridesmaids and that was our experience.

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  • Deb
    VIP January 2017
    Deb ·
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    Davids had sized that worked for size 2-20 to try in when we went.

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  • C
    Beginner March 2017
    Charissa ·
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    I did mine at David's Bridal. They had a wide selection. I went with the same dress for all my BM. They had this beautiful mesh halter dress that goes with all body types and you can do the halter 30 different ways so my BM can still have a unique look of their choice. Hope you find a store that is more helpful.

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  • M
    Beginner August 2017
    MCE ·
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    Davids has up to 29 plus size!!! We just went there

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  • M
    Beginner August 2017
    MCE ·
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    And I think she's talking about the versa^^ one of my 7 got that one too!

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  • MAMW
    VIP August 2013
    MAMW ·
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    I personally think that when you have girls of a variety of sizes that David's Bridal is the best place to go, but this is also because I had a really bad experience when I went to a smaller boutique and got a dress when I was heavier than I am now. When I went to pick out dresses with the bride and other bridesmaids, none of the samples fit me, and then the size that I was measured was in the designer's plus size range, and it cost me $50 extra for the dress (already $200 so I had to pay $250) and the whole experience was really embarrassing. It could have also been the way that the sales women handled it, but I'll never forget it.

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  • Kira
    Super March 2017
    Kira ·
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    I work at a bridal shop, and I can honestly tell you that we are at the mercy of the designers. Whatever size they get, is the size we have to take if we want that sample. That being said, some designers run better than others. I'd maybe say try bill levkoff or sorella vita since they run a little bit larger and tend to ship more variety of sizes. Have you tried bella bridesmaids?

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  • Sara
    Master April 2017
    Sara ·
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    Davids has samples in all sizes

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  • sanders4ever
    Super May 2017
    sanders4ever ·
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    A lot of the stores we went to had super small samples too and my bigger bridesmaids couldn't try them on. We ended up ordering a dress that should be flattering on everyone without them trying it on.

    ETA: ours is a sorella vita

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  • Timranda
    Dedicated June 2018
    Timranda ·
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    All my BMS are plus size like one is a 22 and my dresses are from Davids Bridal

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  • Mia
    Savvy May 2017
    Mia ·
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    I've had problems with finding one of my bridesmaids whose plus size a dress. There wasn't any dresses her size to try on to see what size and style fit her best.

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  • King Anthony & Queen TeAnna
    Devoted November 2018
    King Anthony & Queen TeAnna ·
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    Curvaceous Couture Babe! In Columbia, MD. The only sale plus size.

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  • Lauren17
    Master July 2017
    Lauren17 ·
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    I went to David's because i had girls from size 2-24! They have a lot of samples in plus sizes.

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  • SSJKarigan
    VIP August 2017
    SSJKarigan ·
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    Like everyone else is saying, David's Bridal is the way to go if you want everyone to be able to actually try stuff on.

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  • Carousel
    VIP October 2017
    Carousel ·
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    Modcloth has some gorgeous + selections

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  • K
    Just Said Yes September 2017
    Kelle ·
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    Alfred Angelo is awesome! I'm considered plus sized myself, I'm a size 14 but they go all the way up to size 28 I believe !

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