Anyone order their dress too small?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I didn’t do this, but when I bought my dress I was between sizes and they told me to order bigger because it’s easier to take in a dress than to let it out.  Just something to keep in mind- make sure you don’t go too small.  Best of luck!

Post # 3
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1499 posts
Bumble bee

I did this. I ordered a dress three sizes too small. I then lost 20 pounds, but at my weight (plus sized) I only dropped one dress size. Let me tell you, it is EXPENSIVE and next to impossible to let a dress out more than one size. I have spent over $650 at a private semi retired seamstress (salons quoted me $1000+) to let it out six inches, and that was only because I was lucky enough for there to be enough material at the seams, this is not common or standard. Had there not been the fabric at the seams I would have had to buy a whole new dress.

My recommendation, in hindsight, is to order your dress one size smaller. Never more than that. It is a doable and reachable goal, and if you lose more, great it is easy to take in. If you do not lose the weight, you should be OK in letting it out a few inches here and there. That said, having a corset back is 100X more forgiving.

Post # 4
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2261 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I ordered the dress one size too small and now it is big on me. They are taking it in at the waist and have to add cups because even the twins went down in size. This size dress didn’t zip when I bought it. It was a huge motivation for me and it is still keeping me on check now. The last thing I want is to relax and it not fit right in 2 months. 

It works for some people, it doesn’t for others…..

Post # 5
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1275 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I did this!  My dress does NOT have a corset back, it’s a zipper, but it’s a ballgown which I feel like is pretty forgiving.  It was only one size too small, and I’m sure glad I went with only one size because I ended up tearing my ACL randomly and gained some weight.  It now fits, after not initially fitting.  It may have to be let out half an inch, but my goal is for them to have to take it in even if just a little bit 🙂

Post # 6
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1905 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I didn’t! I want to lose about 10 for wedding day & my seamstress said that would be easy to alter. I also feel more comfortable about losing or gaining because it’s a corset back. 

Post # 7
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189 posts
Blushing bee

I did. Just got it actually. I got if off modcloth so the sizing is xs, sm, med, lg, ect. I bought a small and would fit a would have fit a large at the beginning of dieting/exercising. I am hoping to lose 30 lbs a total and have already lost 10 lbs. Getting married Nov. 8. So yes, I am playing with fire. But I’m not too worried. I’m confident in myself!

Post # 8
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1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

As others have noted, this is a very risky proposition and could easily end in a horror story (of which I have heard a few here on the Bee). Should you not be able to lose all the weight you are hoping, you will be on the hook for hundreds or thousands of dollars. I can’t imagine how awful it would be to be a few weeks out from your wedding, realising the dress simply isn’t going to fit, and having to rush to buy a new one on top of feeling crappy about not meeting your weight goals. You will also have a very limited choice at that point since most dress manufacturers require 6-9 months lead time to order a dress. 

It is much easier to take in a dress than to take it out.

Post # 9
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I ordered my dress one size smaller and so glad I did! It took almost 6 months to come in, I knew if I stuck to it I could lose 15-20 pounds in that time. My consultant actually asked how much I planned to lose and did not want me to order smaller, but if that was my decision she suggested one size smaller. My dress fit perfectly when it came in, I have actually lost another 15 since then, so it will have to be taken in a little bit. If you are already in the process of losing weight and are motivated to keep going, I don’t see anything wrong with ordering smaller, even though most say it is a bad idea. I would never order more than one dress size smaller, though. I think more than that would be way too much pressure.  

Post # 10
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

SkinnyLatte17:  I won’t buy my dress one size smaller I will order a size bigger. I am slowly loosing weight it’s easier to take the dress in then taking it out.

Post # 11
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2061 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I know wayyyy too many people who did this and it caused so much undo stress, at a time that is stressful enough. I had my dress made to my exact measurements as I was.

Post # 12
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1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I bought my dress one size smaller.  However,  I had weight loss surgery 2 months before and my wedding date was November 1, 2014.   I was told a dress could go down 2 sizes when I purchased my dresd, but going bigger can be next to impossible.   We have now moved our wedding to April 11, 2015 and chances are my dress won’t fit.  I do have a seamstress in the family so there is no cost to me for alterations and it does have a corset back so I am hoping that will help as well.  Given my circumstances I had no choice.  I have heard too many stories from my cousin (seamstress) about distraught brides who didn’t lose enough weight to fit into their smaller ordered wedding gown. 

Post # 13
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314 posts
Helper bee

I got a dress second-hand and it’s too small… and no wedding date will be set until I can almost close it! haha

Post # 14
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858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I see clients do this all the time, and many really do lose the weight. But remember that not every dress can be let out, and that depending on the person, 1 dress size of weight loss can be between 15 and 30 lbs! That is a huge range, and if you lose 15 lbs but only go down 1/2 a size and can’t let your dress out… you’ll be in trouble. Know yourself; if you are really committed and have lost weight before (so you have an idea of how much you can lose, where you lose it from, and if losing that amount is realistically possible), then go for it. If you’re unsure, then order a dress that will fit now, and have it taken in if need be. Most dresses can be altered down a couple of sizes very safely. 

Post # 15
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldn’t. All my clothes are a UK 12. The bridal shop persuaded me to order a UK 14 on the basis that we would then take it in in a few places. In the end, it came up so small it didn’t need taking in at all. Save yourself the stress. 

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