(Closed) I don’t understand this sizing thing. Not that it matters but can you explain?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t understand bridal sizing either.  I almost died after they took my measurements and gave me the suggested size.  I went with it, because they probably know what they’re doing, and it fits, luckily, but the number is about two sizes higher than I normally wear in dresses.  yikes!

Post # 4
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Are the proportions on the W different length wise? Like is the bodice slightly shorter on one?

I’m only 5 feet tall and measure into a dress size 0/2 if you go straight off my measurements. But because my torso is so short I actually have to order up in size because the dress hits me differently than an average woman.

Just a thought..

Post # 4
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

double post.

Post # 5
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440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Honestly, I have NO idea… I tried on a 4 in the store & it fit absolutely perfectly! Then I get my size 4 dress and it actually fit just like the size 6 did the first time I tried on dresses. They told me the same thing, that I should get a size 4 since it was fitting me great. It was way too big & I had to spend $200 in alterations.. Rediculious!

Post # 6
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrsawesome09: Bridal store sizing is actually “correct” sizing.

The size you where at say Macy’s is “vanity” sizing to make all us women feel better about ourselves 😀

Post # 9
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, it does sound like you need to check again that she didn’t mix up the sizes. 

Alternatively, the 18 could be accidentally small – if you think of how many seams are in a wedding dress, if the person sewing that dress got each seam wrong by a 1/4 inch, that’s enough to change the dress size. 

 

Post # 10
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Definitely go back and try on all dresses.  Sounds like you may have had a size mix up.

If the store samples looked well-worn, they may be stretched out as well.  As WhiteRoseRed stated, you could also have some manufacturing errors.  That is pretty common.  If there is more than one dress in the same size, you might want to try both of them on.

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