Measuring bridesmaid sizes for Bill Levkoff dresses

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
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Blushing bee

@jen1021:  i have levkoff BMs dresses and everyone ended up ordering up about two sizes. Make sure everyone measures the smallest part of their natural waist to get a good idea (should be similar to jean size) so that that should give an accurate read on what size to order. BM and wedding dress sizing in general is funky and bigger than your normal size. 

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Blushing bee

@jen1021:  mine are chiffon too. they are style 521. the most important measurement for my dresses were the bust because it’s fitted in the bust then long and flowy. 

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Blushing bee

@jen1021:  There’s another long post on this topic, but I don’t know how to link it. 

I’m a 0 street size as well. I tried on an 8 at the store in chiffon. I took it off without unzipping. My one girl is a street size 2 and ordered a 4. The 8 for your size 0 BM is definitely going to be huge. 

There’s no easy decision with this stupid size chart. I’m trying to place a final order today and it’s a nightmare. 

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Wannabee

@jen1021:  I know this is too late now, but for the sake of any others who read this thread:

Here are 2 things the salesperson told me that was totally FALSE:

1) order the size that matches your “biggest measurement” (NOT TRUE!)

2) That’s a simple alteration, if the seamstress can’t alter that in, then they are not a seamstress.  (NOT ALWAYS TRUE!!)

 

Here is what you need to consider:

1) which PART of you has the biggest measurement,

2) how EASY would that be for someone to alter,

3) and would that matter given the STYLE of the dress?  

For example, if your hips are the biggest part of you, but the dress is flared, then that won’t matter.  You should size it based on the OVERALL best fit for your bust/waist.  

Here is my personal example/experience.

My measurements were 28.5 bust, 24 waist, 36 hip.  I am usually a size 0. The rep wanted to get me a size 4 in the Bill Levkoff 167 dress which would fit a 36.5 hip.  I asked her why my hips would matter when that dress has a flared skirt and is not fitted on the hips.  She said “well the under-layer would be fitted.”  Well, I have never heard of a flared dress that had a tight-fitted sheath underneath (and I was right, as I later found out the dress was flared as I expected and did NOT have a fitted sheath underneath).

So I diplomatically voiced my doubts, and then she conceded that I should order a size 2, because it fits a 24.5 waist.  Now, the size 0 was only 0.5″ smaller than my 24″ waist and had a smaller bust which is what I needed.  So why not go for the 0?  

But she said that the waist measurement is my ribcage and I won’t be able to breathe if the dress is too small at the waist.  Even though the size 0 is only 0.5″ smaller than my waist, it is safer to go with a size 2.  She also said that I would have to alter the bust in anyway, even for a size 0.  

So I asked, wouldn’t it be harder to alter a size 2  bust instead of a size 0 bust which is closer to my size?  Well she assured me it was a simple alteration and a size 2 would NOT be harder to alter than a 0, which turned out to be FALSE as I later found out.

Later on when we received the dresses, my sister had ordered a size 0 and me a size 2.  Obviously the 2 was too big for me.  When I tried on the 0, guess what?  It was perfect.  The ribcage was JUST FINE.  No alterations needed!  But I had ordered the 2 so I now had to pay $70 to get it altered in.  And the tailor apparently couldn’t do it because of the padding, ruching, cut of the dress etc.  So he pinched the sides in which made the bust look lopsided and ugly, the armpits were now uncomfortably tight, and the waist was tight so that I had trouble breathing!  

I hope this cautionary tale will aid anyone else who is buying a bridesmaid dress for the first time – DO NOT LISTEN TO THE SALES STAFF!  Use your own brain, your own knowledge of your body and what fits.  You have clothed yourself your whole life, and you know your body better than any sales person with a measuring tape.  FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS instead of the salesperson’s “advice.”  Oh, and follow my advice too ;)  

 

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Newbee

I am so confused to the size dress to order for my BM. Its D479 by alfred sung. The size chart has me totally confused. The BM always wears size 12 US size in any garment she puts on her. Be it a top, skirt or dress. I cant decide how accurate the chart is. The BM carries weight but is not a very large person. She is quite narrow, has narrow hips and a very small bust. She is also about 5 ft 5. She carries weight on her tummy and thighs allright. She could even squeeze into a us 10 if she has to. Special underwear also reduces her tummy. From looking at the chart her hips and bust are about a size 14 but she has a 39 inch waste so Id be looking to order a size 22. This does not make sence to me. How can a dress go up so many sizes so have no idea what size to order from the site.

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Worker bee

i think the bill levkoff size charts are actually pretty true. but as bride1717 said, if there is a flowy skirt, don’t mind the hip measurement.

that said, i read on one size chart that the bust measurement is exact, while the waist and hip will have 1″ of room “for movement”. so, if a dress is supposed to fit a 24.5″ waist, it will actually measure 25.5″, so that the 24.5″ waist will have room to move. however, the bust measurement will be what it says because otherwise a strapless dress will fall down.  so if you have a 36″ bust, you should order the size corresponding to it. but if you have a 25″ waist, you can order a size that’s meant for 24.5″ waist because the dress will be made with room there.

HTH and wasn’t too confusing. 

for instance, i have 33″ bust, 26.5″ waist, 35-36″ hips. i would order a size 4 for myself (and wear a padded bra or alter the bust) because my waist would not fit into a 2. the bust on the 2 fits me, but is tight. 

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Worker bee

*edit* i want to add that my experience above is with their chiffon dresses, and that in real life i usually wear size 0-4 (depending on the brand and particular style).

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Helper bee

Just like wedding dresses, bridesmaid dress sizes run larger than street clothes sizes. Do not get hung up on the size number– have a pro take their measurements and order according.

I get the earlier commenter’s point about the difficulty of alterations, but I can tell you that it is much more stressful to have a dress that is too small than one that is too large. And, at least with a larger dress, you can have it taken in. With a too-small dress, you may be stuck.

 

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Worker bee

I have to change my earlier post – some styles will run smaller than others. THEY ARE NOT CONSISTENT!!!  I fit into a size 2 of 561 (but it’s snug so I would order a 4 for myself).  In style 158 a size 6 fits me perfectly (like the 4 of 561 would fit).  The bust is NOT too big in 158 even though my measurement is 33 and the size chart for size 6 says 34.5.  It should be 1.5″ too big but it’s not at all.  I also tried either 193 or 165 in a 4 and it fit me almost perfectly (the bust was a tad large – I would have either needed a padded bra or it taken in a 1/2 inch to an inch).  Notice how these are all chiffon dresses – not snug on the hips (but I have small hips for my body anyway).  

It is SO ANNOYING that their dresses vary so much depending on style, considering you are supposed to order based only on their size chart.  I.E. if you are going for Bill Levkoff 158, you need to order 1 size up from how you measure on the size chart in for bust and waist.  This dress has an inner corset, and is also a bit more fitted on the hips than most of their other chiffon dresses (I’d call it A-line versus flowy).  I’m just posting here in case anyone will be ordering this dress and is googling about the fit – I wish i had known that this style runs 1 size smaller than their size chart!

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Wannabee

I ordered Bill Levkoff 110  – chiffon, it’s about tea length on me – and my measurement corresponded most closely to 2 sizes up from what I normally need in a dress, I’m quite busty. I have to admit I get a little shaky over things like that – had a private “moment” over it, but luckily when it arrived it was not actually too far off – needed some taking in around my torso and strap shortening. It’s possible that if I’d ordered one full size down the built in bra cups wouldn’t have fit properly. The strap would have needed shortening in either case. Now that it’s fitted properly, I don’t need a strapless bra which will just drive me nuts all day – there seems to be enough bra built in.

It must be very hard when the bridesmaids aren’t all able to come to try things on, or there isn’t a sample that fits them all – I empathize with everyone in that situation! I was in one store where nearly none of the samples would fit me. It was a pretty unpleasant experience.

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Helper bee

OP, same thing happened to me… was a size 0, but the sizing chart told me I was a size 6.  I figured better to err on the big side, so I ordered the 6.  

Turns out I’m going to be 16 wks pregnant on the wedding day, so erring on the big side was a blessing in disguise.  I actually went to a bridal salon to try on a size 6 Bill Levkoff dress to make sure I’ll have plenty of space to grow into, and I’m almost positive the dress will still have extra room by my 16 wk mark next month.

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Newbee

What ended up being the dress choice? I am having the same issue with the size chart?

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