Gown Size… Why do salons make you get two sizes bigger

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6447 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Did they take measurements? They should be ordering based on your measurements.

How did the 12 fit? Bridal dress sizes tend to run higher than street sizes.

Post # 4
3342 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@JJSoon2bwife14:  It’s been said on this board that samples are stretched out from many try-ons, so that may be part of it.

Post # 5
1535 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

they also like getting money on alterations

Post # 6
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Formal dress sizes are closer to actual sizing. If you look up measurements for sizes based on measurements they are pretty close.

Many places now have vanity sizing, which is why you may be one size at GAP and another at Mexx for example.

I have pants that range from 6 to 10 and my wedding dress was ordered in a 14, but that’s based on your biggest measurement. I have an average bust, thick through the waist and small hips so my gown size is based on my waist measurement.

They aren’t doing it on purpose to make people feel bad, they are just following a more traditional measurement standard vs. street clothes.

Post # 7
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with what was said above about the size difference between wedding dresses and street clothes. For instance, my street size is a 0 but my wedding dress ended up being a 4 based on my waist/hip measurements (they are the larger measurements compared to my bust).

Post # 8
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

It is easier to take in a dress rather than take it out. But I have heard bridal salons do this on purpose so you have to pay extra for alterations with them. Ordering that much bigger is a little strange. 

Post # 9
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JJSoon2bwife14:  When they measures me they said my hips were a size four my waist was a size 0 and my bust was a size 2 so they said lets order a size four and we can alter it down I insisted on ordering a size two since I has plenty of time to lose weight if necessary. It came in and was perfect and later had to be taken in when I lost some weight. I believe they do this to make money off alterations! 

Post # 12
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@JJSoon2bwife14:  It could also be b/c samples dresses are quite stretched out, so yes a 12 may of fit in store, but a brand new one may be small.

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wore a size 2 pant, bought a size 6 dress, and WISH I would have gone with the 4!

I ended up gaining like 5lbs so it would fit day-of!

Post # 15
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my wedding dress was a 2, which is pretty accurate to what my regular size is (i can wear anywhere from a 0 to a 5). aside from being too long, it was a perfect fit.

Post # 16
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a size 00 (sometimes, thats with room) They ordered a size 2 and then had it taken in. I asked for it super tights because I was losing weight for the wedding. 

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