Post # 1
Once I order my dress, how much weight can I lose before alterations would be too complicated and I risk my dress looking totally different? I’m a size 16 right now and would like to get down to a 10. I’m hoping to get down to a 14 before I go dress shopping.
Post # 3
I’ve often heard that a large dress can be taken in 2 dress sizes and small dress can be taken out 1 size however it depends on the style, fabrics and such.
Post # 4
It depends a great deal on the cut/design of the dress and whether you opt for a corset or zipper back.
If you are planning on losing weight I might suggest leaning towards dresses with a corset back as they are laced to fit your body and can be adjusted much more than a zipper. Typically dresses with corsets require less alterations in the long run anyway (as per several boutiques I’ve been to).
Post # 5
I’ve been losing weight since January and started dress shopping in June, when I was down about 50lbs. I still want to lose about 30 more lbs. I was completely in love with a dress with a zippered back, and was pretty sure that it was “the one”. The woman at the store told me to wait until August to order it (I’m getting married in April), as we would have a more accurate gauge of what size to order it. I was all set to do that, and then went to go and try on the dress again to show my aunt. The saleslady repeated what she had said earlier about waiting until August, and then said “and then you have to stop losing weight”.
I swear I could hear tires squealing. Everything came to a screeching halt. She claimed that if I went down much further, it would be incredibally difficult to alter the dress, and might change the look of the dress altogether. Suddenly, the dress that I was in love with wasn’t perfect for me anymore. As much as I loved it, I’m not going to halt my weight loss journey for a frigging dress. I didn’t want to spend the next ten months worrying that the dress wasn’t going to be altered properly, and I would hate myself forever if I let go of the momentum I’ve had since January. I decided to continue looking, and it turned out to be a godsend, since I found my dress at another store with a corset back. Incidentally, when I ordered my dress, the salesgirl initially wanted to order me two (!) sizes down from my street size.
Post # 6
I tried on dresses two days ago. I asked my sales girl the same question. She said that they have taken in dresses sixteen inches, as one bride lost 100 lbs between ordering her dress and going for fittings. I think it really does depend on the dress! I specifically asked about my dress. It will be able to be taken in, and it has the corset back. I would check with your bridal salon when you go to order.
Post # 7
it really depends on the dress.
I’m also going to be honest and tell you that I have lost 45 lbs and have only gone down a size and a half. I’m tall so I might be an exception to the rule, but you can lose weight and not a lot of sizes, it depends on your body and how you lose weight. Some people can lose 30lbs and 5 sizes, not the case for everyone, myself included.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the tips and advice! 🙂