Post # 1
I am ordering my dress this week but have a dilemma! I would really like to lose some lbs before the big day and go down at least one size. The dress fits me perfectly right now, but if I lose the weight I’ll have to do some major alterations. If I order it a size smaller I wouldn’t have to… and it would give me some definite motivation! But what if….(gasp) I don’t lose the weight I want and it’s too small! I keep going back and forth and thought I would ask for everyone’s opinion! Did anyone else go through this battle?
Post # 3
Major alterations? Because the dress is so intricate or…? Because the difference in size usually isn’t that great.
If you think that the smaller size will motivate you and you feel secure in getting there, then go ahead.
But it’s always easier to take in than to let out and you’d hate to be in a position in which your dress doesn’t fit on the big day.
Post # 4
I ordered mine one size smaller, becouse im planning on loosing weight, it can be. Good thing. But remember that alterations are a good thing to do, when your dress is big, so dont worry if you ordered a little big, its setter to have ir a little big than too small.
Post # 5
I am a firm NO on this point. Do not order a dress in any size but that which you are. If it needs to be taken in, so be it. The price of alterations is more than worth the security of knowing your dress will fit on the day of. If you order your dress too small now, there are no guarantees.
While there may be plenty of stories about ladies who did this successfully, there are also plenty who didn’t. I’d hate for you to be one of the latter.
Post # 6
YES – I totally went through this. How much weight do you have to lose (ie: are you trying to lose serious weight (20+ pounds) or are you just trying to do the last 10 pounds, etc.)
I got scared (after consulting the WB boards and the bridal shop) and ended up ordering the size just about where I was at. I proceeded to lose about 40 pounds – which meant, the dress that I bought was WAY too small (we are talking about 2 sizes to small).
It also depends on the dress and what they can do with it. This is also where my bridal shop led me astray. They said it would be impossible to let the dress out and it would be easier to take in (if I ordered the size I knew would fit).
Well – turns out, when the now bigger dress came in, they said it would be impossible to take in that much (well, not impossible – but very expensive) and they ended up finding me a smaller dress (that I was afraid would be too small – but they assured me they could let it out – that ‘there are ways’).
I’m more and more convinced that ‘there are ways’ and that’s why I say go for the smaller size (with great confidence!!)
Post # 7
If it were me…. I’d probably get the size that fits perfectly now. I’d rather deal with making a too big dress smaller, than figure out how to make a too small dress bigger.
Post # 8
How much weight do you have to lose? Losing the “last 10” is a lot harder, and you’d have to take into consideration that the structure of your ribs/torso may be what keeps you at a higher size.
If you have to lose >20 or so lbs, I’d say you’re safe in ordering one size down but make sure you try it on often so that alterations can be made in time!
Post # 9
@oracle: Am I reading this incorrectly, but if you ordered the dress for the size you were at the time of purchase, and then lost 40 pounds, shouldn’t the dress be too big?
Post # 10
i ordered mine a size bigger just to be safe, plus i want them to dip the front a little bit more so i needed the extra fabric.
i would order it the size you are, its easy to go smaller, but very difficult to make a dress bigger. Alterations are no biggie.
Post # 11
It depends where the weight comes off so losing pounds might not mean a smaller size so I would get the size you are now and take in where it needs to be.
Post # 12
I don’t doubt anyone’s ability or willpower to lose weight, but I think it is easier to alter a dress to bring it in than to take it out..
Post # 13
I want to lose at least 20 to 30 lbs and have already started working towards that goal. The dress has a corset back and there are parts on the corset (at my waist especially) that are taken all the way in, but around my hips it is a snug fit, which it is supposed to be. The dress has some lace work on the side of the hip and I’m afraid it would be hard to alter. How big of a difference is there usually between sizes? 3-4 inches?
Post # 14
You can make a dress smaller, but you can’t make it bigger.