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OT - Need a nice dress in a plus size

I have not lost all of the weight that I want to lose - I am still in an 18-20W size. I have been squeaking by in my old clothes or buying less expensive clothes to get through these transitional sizes. However, my brother in law is getting married in June (early evening wedding with dinner/dance to follow) and I'd like to get something nice to wear - I'd really like a dress. After 10 years of wearing pant suits and/or pant/top seperates, I don't really know where to shop. I would like to spend in the $100-$150 range as I don't plan to stay this size forever. Ideally, I'd like to be down to a size 16 range in time for the wedding. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a website for dress shopping (not Lane Bryant - they don't have anything on their site right now that I like)? I'd like something classy that won't make me look like I'm in a muu-muu. Unfortunately, I can't take my mom's advice to just "try harder - if you just lost more weight you could buy normal clothes" - it's just not going to happen that way by June! Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Tue. Mar 20, 8:23pm

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without looking at a website... Have you checked places like Davids Bridal?
I like Fashion Bug- they have plus sizes.
Travelsmith has some nice dresses- but I don't have their sizing chart and ha ve not ordered yet, but want to-

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 8:54 PM

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first responder comes back with examples
with a nice shawl and some pearls.... make sure you go treat yourself to a manicure -I really like this one..
-a wide selection from fashion bug

-they do have a size chart you can click on the page... there are a nice selection of dresses again..

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 9:20 PM

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I was actually going to recommend David's Bridal myself-I went there with some friends while picking out bridesmaid dresses a while back and what was nice to see (for once in my life!!!) was that there were a whole bunch of girls who were larger than a size 10 trying on dresses that actually FIT them. Usually these dress shops have a size 2 or a 4 or something and you have to guess about how it looks on you. Definitely check them out (if there is one in your area)-they are reasonably priced and often have sales. Good luck!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 9:30 PM

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this one is a no wrinkle so you won't have to worry about packing and travel... I think I am going to get one... and it comes in plus sizes... I would get the 1x- depending on your measurements and just see how it fits- looser is better than tighter- or you will look lighter with room to spare (within reason)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 10:00 PM

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Get something you feel fabulous in...

Plus size clothes that aren't frumpy:

And for naughty underwear to squish everything in and make you look stacked, not flabby (don't open at work):

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 3:14 AM

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my sister actually got her wedding dress from the above; they go up to size 23. another route to consider... i am not plus-size, but have a unique body shape, so i am getting my dress for my sister's wedding made. the material came to less than $50 and the labor is $125. i found the seamstress by inquiring at my local independant fabric store. i feel happy and confident that the dress will flatter me, no matter what size i am.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 6:51 AM

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651 again - and OP, consider selling the dress on craigslist or ebay after... getting tripped up on the cost of the dress b/c you don't want to be there for long might make it harder to find what you want. good luck!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 6:53 AM

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I found a nice dress at LANE BRYANT CATALOG. I dont like to show my arms cause they are so huge, all the local stores have the same dress. The wrap dress or the sleeveless dress, yuck!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 9:04 AM

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Thanks for the suggestions - that helps a lot!

Thursday, March 22, 2007, 7:21 AM

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Try looking on e-bay as well

Monday, May 28, 2007, 1:51 PM

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