How much weight can you lose after you buy your dress?

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

@Reilcal:  I bought my dress a bit big and lost about 30 pounds after. They had no problems altering it but I had a rather simple bodice. 

Post # 4
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It’s really best to buy the dress for whatever size you happen to be when you try it on.  For the most part, it’s much easier to take a garment in than let it out, so if worse comes to worse and you end up needing significant alterations, you’re looking at a lower cost to have it taken in than you would be if you bought it too small and then they had to add extra fabric to it.




Also, keep in mind that skin is pretty elastic stuff.  Even if you lose a very large amount of weight, your skin will shrink to some extent, though it might take several months for it to do so.  I’m not sure where you think the most weight will be coming off, but the only area that is really likely to show in a wedding gown is on the upper arm, and if you don’t like the way a dress looks, you can always have cute sleeves attached.  No one will be seeing your torso or upper leg area, so you don’t need to worry about what they look like at all! 🙂


Post # 5
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

One thing that makes a big difference is a corset back, you have a lot more flexibility with a corset back than a zipper, but also I second that it’s much easier to take in a dress than let it out. It depends on how much weught you want to lose, and how sure you are that you’re really going to do it, but I say get it in your current size or just one size smaller.

Post # 6
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Reilcal:  I tried to convince the consultant to let me order the dress at least one size smaller and she said NO! I plan on losing 50 lbs by the summer. That’s the plan. I’m down 3.3 lb in 2 weeks lol. She said they can’t take the dress in more than 2 whole sizes so DO NOT LOSE MORE THAN 50 POUNDS! So 50 is the goal!!!!!

Post # 7
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Reilcal:  I lost about 30lbs from the time I ordered my dress up through my first fitting.  My dress was HUGE on me – as in three sizes too big.  The seamstress said they would have to rip apart the dress and sew it back together.  Havent seen the finished product yet, but I can tell you that they’ll work it out- whatever the amount you lose.

Post # 8
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I purchased my dress yesterday and ordered it in the size I am right now. The lady told me I could lose no more than 20 pounds before my wedding, which is about 3 sizes? I was told dresses can be sized down approximately 3 sizes.

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Order it at the size you are now–it can easily be taken in 2 sizes, and possibly taken in a lot more if you need it!

For me, 10lbs is about one size.

Post # 10
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Reilcal:  First, what a great date you chose! Wink  Second (to answer your question), I bought the size I am now and taking something in is definitely easier.

Post # 11
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’ve had to exchange my dress twice already since I’ve lost weight (and I plan to lose even more), I’ve had no issues exchanging my dress for a smaller size (plus my wedding is still a decent amount of time away, I’m not even going to bother going in and dealing the size until 4 or so months before the wedding) 

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