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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

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_detail.jsp?stid=2775&prodgroup=110
with a nice shawl and some pearls.... make sure you go treat yourself to a manicure

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_detail.jsp?stid=2788&prodgroup=110

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_detail.jsp?stid=2814&prodgroup=110

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_detail.jsp?stid=2330&prodgroup=110

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_detail.jsp?stid=2320&prodgroup=110 -I really like this one..

http://fashionbug.charmingshoppes.com/pagebuilder/product_thumbnail_image?cgid1=822&nav=Plus
-a wide selection from fashion bug

http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5746&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C250%2C282&iProductID=5746&sortBy=0

-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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http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=993&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C250%2C288%2C298&iProductID=993&sortBy=0

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:

http://www.silhouettes.com
http://www.torrid.com

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

http://www.hipsandcurves.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 3:14 AM

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http://www.alfredangelo.com/

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.

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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 www.lanebryantcatolog.com 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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I just found this website the other day with gorgeous dresses. The website is www.igigi.com. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 2:17 AM

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1st ? - How much do you want top spend?

Try Nordstrom. com. My mother is 5'4" and is 16W. I found her a beautiful 2 pc suit gown. I went to David Bridal to look for my dress and hers. I've seen them all before. The styles just looked tried to me. The selection at Nordies was amazing. So, much so I print up copies of the selections for my aunt & mother-in-law to be. Good Luck! - SLS

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 6:19 PM

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www.torrid.com

the BEST modern plus size store around.. and its very affordable!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007, 5:53 PM

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CUTE Plus-Size Clothing Sites :o)

www.zaftique.com
www.bandlu.com
www.sizeappeal.com
www.kiyonnaclothing.com
www.alight.com

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 4:40 PM

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You might also try newport-news.com for street length day dresses. They have some formalwear too. And shoes. They go up to a 22-24, and I have had very good success with what I have purchased from them.

Also ullapopken.com has some very nice special occasion dress outfits for plus sizes.

I like the idea of having a tailor make it for you. Its not as expensive as you might think, and they will give you a flattering look.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 4:46 PM

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Plus-Size and custom made dresses

www.storeofdress.com

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Monday, July 07, 2008, 2:58 AM

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If you want to avoid internet shopping and actually get out there, try Lane Bryant as a PP said and I've also found Ross to have some surprisingly nice looking dresses for cheap. You just have to have the stamina to look through the racks. There is also of course Marshalls which is mostly name brand clothes for a leser price. Good luck!

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