Help with sizing, please!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which size?
    Size 10 : (9 votes)
    26 %
    Size 12 : (25 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    If you are someone who gains weight when stressed, go with the larger size. 


    If you lose LOTS of weight when stressed get the smaller size, but its worth noting that most manufacturers use the garment measurements, not the size of the body fitting inside (for example you may need a 27.5 inch waist to fit jn a gown with a 28 inch measurement).


    Post # 5
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Go with the 12. You can get the bust taken in.

    Post # 6
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Hey lady! I just ordered my dress yesterday. I am much much larger than you – I wear a size 18 normally, I was EXACTLY a size 22 in my bridal gown, however, we ordered a 24 just to make sure we have room for alterations.


    I hope this helps!

    Post # 8
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It depends–if your dress has a built-in corset, a 10 should be fine!

    But if it doesn’t have a built in corset, the tight fit could cause ugly puckering near the waist!

    Post # 10
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Snoopie:  That is exactly what I mean–I’d go with the 10!

    Post # 11
    2367 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    You can always get the dress taken in.  Letting it out is much more challenging, and sometimes impossible.  A too-tight dress gets those weird lines and puckering, and it actually makes you look larger than you really are. 

    Post # 12
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Snoopie:  That was my dilemma as well.  I’m normally a 7/8 in juniors or 6 in women’s.  I was trying to decide on the 10 or the 12.  I went with the 12 just because I wanted to make sure my “girls” were appropriately covered.  My dress has an actual corset though, so I could cinch it in tighter where I needed to.

    Post # 13
    19 posts
    • Wedding: April 2014

    FWIW, I have almost the same exact proportions as you (37/31.5/40) and was in between sizes for my dress, with my waist measurement kicking me up to the next size. The dress shop advised me to order up.

    Post # 14
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would go bigger. It is much easier for a seamstress to take in a dress than to let one out. And this way if you gain any weight or stay the same, you won’t be freaking out.

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