How small do dresses come up?!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it’s pretty common, I normally wear an 18 in womens, 20 in juniors [these are US sizes], and they ordered me a 24 based on my largest measurement [my hips/butt].


Post # 3
2079 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

LadyKM:  Usually wedding dresses in the US are sized one or two sizes smaller than the size you normally wear. My dress was made by Wtoo/Watters and only one size larger but most of the other designers were two sizes larger than what I usually wore.

Post # 4
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think the depends on the designer. Vera Wang ran really small, in my experience, particularly in the bust. I’m a US6 but needed a 10 for the bust to fit properly. Other designers, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera ran about half a size to a whole size small.

Post # 5
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

same as you, size 10 normal, size 14 dress was ordered. don’t worry about the number!!!! focus on the actual measurements they gave you. also keep in mind sometimes you have to order up based on one part of your body (for me, it’s my broad bust that made me a 14 vs a 12). seriously, not an issue, nothing to get upset about! BM dresses are the same. my size 4/6 BM is ordering an 8.

Post # 6
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

LadyKM:  i am a US size 16 and had to buy a US size 20 for my dress. quite horrifying really – but no one needs to know what the tag says 😉 all that matters is how it looks and feels! its pretty standard for them to not run true to size.

Post # 7
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I wear a street size 14 and sometimes 12, I was able to fit in a size 12 dress, however it’s mainly because of the way I am shaped and the way the dress is fitted.  But I did have to go up a size in the slip and several other dresses I tried on were up a size (or two). 

Post # 8
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had an Alfred Angelo dress and my dress size was the same as my street size. However, it was a ball gown and my hips are  disproportionately large compared to my waist and chest. So technically my dress size matched my hip/pant size but it really only had to fit my waist. Maybe if it had been fitted through my hips I would have needed a larger size?

Haha not sure if that makes sense but it seems like it’s pretty common for wedding dresses to run smaller than street sizes.

Post # 9
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My dress is a fit/flare. My boobs fit into a 12, my butt fit into a 12 and my waist fit into an 8, so we ordered a 12. I had my first fitting last night, and she has to take in, like, an inch on either side of the waist, but the hips fit perfectly. hahaha. I’m normally a street size 8, so my dress is a solid two sizes bigger than what I normally wear. I’m pretty sure dress sizes are always bigger than street sizes, though. 

Post # 10
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

No worries! That just, for some reason, seems to be how formal dresses run for some reason. The dresses I tried on were two sizes above my normal size as well. 

Post # 11
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

LadyKM:  I wear a size 6 and they ordered me a 14 in my dress. The women said I was an 18 in my hips and I wear a size 4 in shorts (WTF)… Apparently Marisa Bridal runs incredibly small and they are still using what the bridal shop calls “vintage” sizes. This basically means that they havent changed their sizing in accordance with current sizing trends. It freaked me out and made my stomach drop.

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