Post # 1
Hello Everyone and Good Morning from here in Cali!
I was just wondering….what the heck do wedding dress sizes mean?? When I went to davids bridal they told be wedding dress sizes run small! Is this true? I felt like this was a ploy to make the bride kind of feel better about herself 0-o (DONT KILL ME!) So I went to Davids and bought my dress. its a size 2….buuuut it still is a little big on me….it needs to be altered in a little. BUT i dont feel like im THAT skinny! That number sounds awfully low 0-o
Post # 3
David’s bridal dresses run huge! Im a size 3 but my dress is a casablanca and its a size 8!!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
David’s is a lot closer to street size (I’m usually a 4-6ish and wear a 2 there… vanity sizing galore!), but most dress sizes will run way too small–they are sized on a different scale then we usually see. You should always ask to see the sizing chart.
Post # 5
IDK.. I think it depends on the designer. My gown in a size 8, but I’m a size 4 or 6.. depending on the cut. I was told by different bridal places that wedding gowns are usually 2 sizes up from what you normally wear. But again, I think it depends on the designer. I tried on a 12 with one designer and it fit, but an 8 with another desinger and that fit.. it’s crazy!
Post # 6
I feel like so many bridal shops tell you that so that you order a bigger size so that they can make money on alterations. There was a bridal store who told me I needed a size 10 bridesmaid dress (I’m normally a 4). I insited on the 4, and I’m so glad I did b/c it fit me perfectly.
Post # 7
Who knows how the sizes work? It changes with every store and every designer. The one place where you can’t lie is measurements, and any bridal store should be taking those and matching it to a size chart before they order your dress for you.
As I said in another post, wedding dresses end up being “Custom sized” anyway, as 99% of us have to get them altered in some fashion in order to fit us perfectly!
My advice is to not look at the size, not care about the size, not worry about the size. The dress and how it looks on YOU is most important, not what it says on a little tiny tag on the inside!
Post # 8
Yeah, it depends on the designer. Many designers’ sizes run small, but I think David’s Bridal runs pretty equal or a little larger than street size.
Post # 9
Bridal sizing is bizarre. I think DB is a little closer to street size — I’m a dress street size 8 and I fit into a 10 at DB.
But my wedding gown (Mon Cheri) is a 12. I don’t pay any attention to the sizes.
Post # 10
It’s really about the measurements and how they correspond to the designers’ different sizes. Biggest measurement out of chest, waist and hips wins.
If you’re a busty sized 8, you might find yourself in a size 14 or 16 dress that needs alteration if it doesn’t have a corset.
Post # 11
I never shopped at David’s Bridal, but I ordered a Casablanca gown.
I am a 0 in street size, and was measured to fit between a 2 and a 4, so ordered the 4.
Post # 12
2PEASINAPOD- OMG!! I feel the SAME way! I feel like they purposly order it to big. its quite annoying….
I guess I honestly REALLY dont care about the size as much as i was trying to understand the nonsense. I think way to much about little details haha
Post # 13
I had an Alfred Angelo dress, size 4. I normally wear size 4 in street clothes so the sizing didn’t seem off to me.
Post # 14
I didn’t go to DB so I can’t weigh in there, but I have a Pronovias gown, and I think their sizing is crazy!! It’s totally anti-“vanity” sizing!
I am a 2-4 street size, and although I’m somewhat curvy, I’m not *that* curvy (at all!), and my dress is a size 10. Another dress I liked (also a Pronovias) was a size 12. My dress will need to be hemmed, but not altered in any other way to fit. It fits like a glove.
I agree with others who don’t care about the size – as long as I love the way I look in it, I don’t care that it says “10” vs. “2”.
Post # 15
It’s crazy and totally unexplainable, really! Like, a conspiracy to make you try on even more dresses than necessary!!
Post # 16
I have always heard that dress sizes are always bigger than what you are! But, they should have them marked the other way so that you feel super skinny! 🙂