Post # 1
I’ve never had to wear legitimate dresses before so I’m stressing over wedding dress size.
The dress I’m looking at is from the David’s Bridal Collection, just to give you an idea of the “designer.”
I’m 230 pounds, 5’7” and I wear either 16 jeans or 18 (which are pretty loose). My shirts are always an XL as I’m chesty at 40DD.
I’ve been looking at the “W” dresses —you know, plus sized? But I can’t decide if I should get an 18W or 20W or if I’m bigger than that. I’d just like to have a general idea for now, even though I know I’ll end up going to the store itself.
Post # 3
Your best bet is to go to the store and try some on.
I found DB to be fairly true to street size, somaybe start with a 16/16W -18/18W
Post # 4
I purchased my dress from DB and found them true to size as well. I weigh about 250 and wear a size 20 pants and either anywhere from an 18-22 in tops. I am a 42D in bust. My wedding dress is a size 20.
So I would say you should go with 16 or 18. I wouldn’t suggest you go with a 20 – or you will need to have it altered.
But def try it on!
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Post # 6
You are right on track with the women’s sizes. They are sized so much better than “misses” plus sizes, because they include an extra dart in the bust for shaping an ample bust. Misses plus (without the “W”), are basically a size 8 dress sized “up”. Larger busts definitely benefit from that extra dart that the women’s collections offer.
That being said, it is absolutely imperitive that you go by measurements. Wedding gowns are sized ridiculously. Thankfully, David’s sizing is very consistent. If you are unable to go to one of their stores to try on gowns, (ie ordering on their site), make sure you come armed with a set of correct measurements.
With your best, most supportive bra, have someone else measure:
The fullest part of your bust, across the nipples, with your arms down to your sides.
The narrowest part of your waist, generally 1″ or so above your navel
The fullest part of your hips
The measurements that I normally see done incorrectly are the bust and the waist. It is important to have someone else measure you, because when you measure yourself, you will have your arms in the “chicken wing” position. With your arms down to your sides, your bust measurement settles and is about 3″ larger. Waists are also often done incorrectly, because we usually equate our pants waist measurement with our “waist”. Our true waists are much smaller 🙂
Post # 7
@BrittkneeC0321: you need to know your measurments in order to decide what size.