(Closed) I think I was screwed in the size of dress

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Your measurments sound pretty similar to mine (but my waist is a bit bigger :P). I am also tall (5’9″) and my bridal gown from Alfred Angelo was a size 16. They did end up having to take my dress in at the bust when it came in so it’s possible that could happen to you with this dress (the waist may have to come in as well). I would assume that bridesmaids dresses also run small and can vary depending on the brand, etc. If you’re super worried about it though, maybe they could bump the size down a bit? Either way, they should be able to alter the dress to fit correctly regardless.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Choosgirl:  Same. I’m shorter, but same measurements and I had to order a 16. It caused momentary size shock and then I got over it. lol

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you have to sign liability documents if you don’t order the 16, does that mean that they are responsible if the 16 is too big? If so, go with what they say. They are the professionals and know their own stuff. Plus, they’ll have to fix it if the 16 is too big.

I am under the impression that many years ago “normal” clothing stores changed sizes so that a 16 now is much bigger than it used to be. But bridal stores never changed. As “normal” stores continue to change their sizing to vanity sizing, bridal sizing seems less and less realistic.

Just don’t worry about the size, at the end of the day it’s all about inches, they are the only real measure of size. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wear a size 4/6, and my wedding dress was ordered in a 12.  It has to be taken in a bit, but you’re right, bridal sizes are are really different.  As long as they took the measurements, I’d go with them (compare them to the size chart on your own, if you can, and order the largest size you fit into so you can be sure it fits later!).  It’s easy to take in a dress — you can’t add fabric if it doesn’t fit.

As for the extra length, my MOH needed extra length and they didn’t ask her, and it was a huge headache to get it fixed…

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with prior posters.  Bridal sizes are very different, and, unfortunately, you do have to purchase the dress based upon your largest measurement, based upon the sizing chart for that particular gown, made by that particular manufacturer.

All of my bridesmaids had to have alterations, and I’ve had to have alterations on most, if not all, of the bridesmaids’ dresses I’ve worn (and I’ve been a bridesmaid seven times.)

I definitely would order exactly what the experts at the store are recommending for you to order, including the extra length, since you don’t want to be in a situation where the dress is too small in one area of your body or is not long enough for you.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wore a Belsoie BM dress once.  I was a size 12 and had to oder a 20 to fit it over my hips.  So yes, I think their dresses fit very small.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@Choosgirl:  I’m about the same measurements as you and ordered a 14 gown.  I know it’s a weird feeling when you’re really an 8 but remember that you look beautiful in the dress and it’s way easier to take something in than to let it out!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I totally think bridesmaid dress sizing is a racket!  It’s set up so that you will always have to pay for alterations.  I’ve been a bridesmaid 5 times and had to get the dress altered 4 of those times because I ordered the size that was recommended and of course it was too big.  On the most recent time I ordered the size I wanted, against the advice of the bridal store – I think the bride even had to sign something saying it was ok for me to order that size.  I was very nervous but the dress fit great, no alterations needed!  What can you do… 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

it depends on the designer.  you said you are a 38 bust, is that your bra size?  and what about cup size?  these things matter in formal dress sizing.  you are sized in dresses to fit the biggest part of you.  more often than not one size does not fit every part of your body perfectly so it will need to have alterations done.  they don’t do this to make you pay more, they do this because bodies come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s impossible to custom fit every dress to every customer’s bodyl  that’s why we have alterations specialists. 

i checked a few popular brands of women’s clothing and their size charts.  most size charts list a 38-40 bust in a size Large, or a 12 to 14.  So it’s not that far off from the 16, because formal dresses run at least one size smaller than your street size.

hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

oh i wasn’t saying you did wear that size, i am just saying bust size can be a big factor in going up several sizes in a formal dress compared to your street size.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Bridesmaids dresses are notoriously big.  We picked a dress that the sample was a size 6 and both my girls swam in it. Then they got measured and were told they needed 12’s.  Both declined and ordered size 4 but had to sign a waiver that they ordered it *gasp* against bridal consultant’s advice. 

If I want to order as close as possible i might call around to a few stores and see if they carry a sample in the size you think you are or one either way to get a better idea?

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