Post # 1
J. Crew is having this great sale right now, and I want to order my bridesmaids dresses from there as soon as possible. I am having some concerns over sizing, however. As much as I love J. Crew, I have never purchased anything there, and I know dress sizes are usually much different than the sizes of other clothing articles. Are their dresses true to their measurement chart? Three of my bridesmaids have larger chests while still being normal sized elsewhere, and I was wondering if it would be safer to order a 10 or a 12 and then alter them down, instead of ordering a 6 or an 8. Normally, they’d wear a large on top, but sizes 2 to 8 on bottom.
I’m so concerned about their bust sizes because I can’t make the girls try on the dresses before I order them, and returns aren’t possible. I am just hoping that if I order a 6, 8, 10, and 12, they’ll all be able to fit into one of them. The dress is the Ella silk faille in espresso.
If you’ve purchased any J. Crew for yourself or for your wedding before, please help! How do larger busts fare in their dresses?! (Thank you.)
Post # 3
I don’t have experience with the occasions dresses, but I totally fell in love with a halter dress last year that also had an empire waist. When I went to try it on in the store, it made it look like I was concealing an early pregnancy. I’m a 34D and a 4/6 on the bottom, so I think it was a boob issue. Maybe you can have them try on something similar in a store? Those dresses are gorgeous. Good luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
J Crew sizing favors a smaller chest and thin attributes. All of my BMs with larger chests ordered a size up (8 instead of 6, 10 instead of 8, etc) and it worked out wonderfully with their alterations. However, they did each choose on their own from 4 different styles of dresses (Ella, Audrey, Whitney & Lindsay). I must also say that no one opted for the Ella dress due to the extremely tight fit in the bust and the awkward fit. It was even tight on an A-cup. The endowed gals opted for Audrey and Whitney.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I’m a busty, and I’ve ordered a couple of J Crew dresses in the past, and tried on many more. They are cut for a B cup- and in many styles, it is not a generous B, which is a problem for my C-D chest.
As far as my personal sizing goes, I’m a size 10 on the bottom and a size 12 on top, or a M/L/XL depending on the shirt. Safest bet would be to get larger sizes- but with the styling on that dress, I would be concerned that there would be very little coverage on anyone with a moderate to large chest.
Post # 6
All of my bridesmaids told me their J. Crew dresses ran big, except in the bust, which barely fit anyone over a C cup. It’s kind of a disaster since we got the non-returnable. I would suggest that anyone over a C cup get a size bigger and then have the rest of the dress altered. I sent them all the measurements, but somehow none of their dresses fit very well!
Post # 7
hi nifty ba! i also found the jcrew sales to be really appealing and ordered my BM dresses online. i agree with everyone else here, the dresses are definitely not true to size for the well endowed (if you know what i mean). also they’re petite sizes are REALLY small at the bust. i ordered the emily in regular sizes and the camilla in petite (from the holiday sale) and every single one of my BM had to go a size up from their "street size" not only because it didn’t fit at the bust but it gave everyone "beavage" (back cleavage). They do have a nice return policy and the option to return directly to the stores. ALSO they folks in their special occasions dept were really easy to work with!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2008 - Historic Inn
My experience has also been that they run big.
Post # 9
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Only one bridesmaid and myself have small enough chests to fit the Ella on a normal basis, so I’m happy to learn that I should order up just to be safe.
Post # 10
Okay, well I would order up to be safe, but on the other hand- if you end up with a dress you can’t return b/c its on final sale, just sell it on ebay. Jcrew dresses sell like wildfire on there! I bought two dresses and thought I was so going to get a steal, only for them to go for 50! LOL
Post # 11
One of my best friends bought our bridesmaid dresses with JCrew. I would definitely suggest going up a size because the dresses were beautiful but cut small. All my JCrew dresses are size 0 and we ordered a size 2 from the special occassions line and it was too small.
But then they sold out of size 4, so in the end, we ordered a size 6 and having it tailored down to fit.
Post # 12
As a large chested gal myself, I would definitely order up a size or two for their special occassions dresses. I have the Embossed Beach Dress that I wear in a size 8 which fits perfectly, but when I bought the Camilla Cotton Cady dress in a size 8 it was way too snug.