Post # 1
I am planning a wedding in Australia, having recently moved here with my FI. My query is about dresses. I have fallen for a JCrew dress and was wondering what people thought about buying online without trying on. I was thinking that I would do all my measurements and buy a size UP thus having the option of taking it to a taylor for alterations.
If I bought it at my correct size I thought that if it turned out too small I wouldn’t be able to take it out (not knowing the seam allowance with JCrew dresses) I also plan on losing some weight and thought that the size up option would be the best route to take.
What do you think the best way of doing this would be? I can’t upload the dress but it’s the Silk Sascha gown
Post # 3
I’m ordering my dress on line and everyone I have spoken with says to order a size up then what you think – just because they run small to begin with.
Have you talked with anyone about taking your measurements and then going off of those when you order it? That way you can see what their sizes really are.
Post # 4
What is their return policy? Sizes aside, you may not like the dress on you near as much as you liked it in the picture, and you don’t want to be stuck with a dress you dislike. I would order both sizes if you can and then return the one that doesn’t fit right. Ultimately I would try to get the size closest to what size you are now, and if you lose weight you can have it taken in.
Post # 5
I would definitely buy a size up. J.Crew tends to run small. Their sizes aren’t standard. For example, sometimes I wear an 8 others a 10 in J.Crew clothes.
My sister is in a wedding in a month and the bridal party are all wearing J.Crew dresses. She bought the dress two sizes bigger and took it to a good taylor to make sure it fit her right.
Post # 6
I would go safe then sorry, buy a size up! A good taylor should not have a problem altering the dress for you.
The J Crew return policy can be found at: http://www.jcrew.com/help/returns_exchanges.jsp’ defer=’defer
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! Once I definately decide to buy that dress I will buy a size up.
Post # 8
Also, check out the jcrew website. They have their size measurements in a table posted for you to see. I’ve also heard from a little bird that they will send you an extra yard of fabric if you request it. Not sure if that’s true or not, but might be helpful in some situations. I buy jcrew dresses frequently (regular dresses, not bridal) and find they run pretty true to size…
Post # 9
My daughter just bought this dress on-line. She wears a size 0 or 2 street size, and a 0 in J. Crew street clothes. The size 0 wedding dress fits her almost perfectly- she will have to have the upper section taken in about 1". She did have a very hard time getting it in the off-white. She was put on a waiting list in case someone returned it to a store- she got lucky when someone did! They did have some in the champagne, and it is very pretty, but she is going with the off-white.
Post # 10
For me, JCrew runs true to size. I’d second JennyBryde’s suggestion of checking the sizing chart and choosing the size that’s closest to your measurements.
Post # 11
I just ordered 3 dresses from JCrew (not sure which one I am going to want to keep). They have an excellent return policy, 60 days with full refund. You can even return the dress to any JCrew store, assuming there is one near you. I am a busty woman – 40.5 – but the rest of me is not as large. What I have been told is order the dress to fit your largest measurement, and then have the rest taken in. Hope this helps.
Post # 12
I would call J. Crew with measurements in hand and ask for help. The people on the phone have specific measurements for each garment, which you can’t always find on the website. When I was debating between 2 sizes for a coat, the guy on the phone could give me everything – sleeve length, shoulder width, etc. to help me decide.