Street size vs Wedding dress size

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Street size vs wedding dress size...
    I ordered a smaller wedding size than my normal street size : (10 votes)
    4 %
    I ordered the same size as my street size : (65 votes)
    27 %
    I ordered 1 size larger wedding size than my street size : (62 votes)
    26 %
    I ordered 2+ sizes larger wedding size than my street size : (97 votes)
    41 %
    Other? : (3 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Nope, I ordered my street size as well! I wonder if a lot of people order a few sizes larger in wedding dress sizes because they’re being professionally measured and they don’t normally wear clothes in their proper size? I have a large chest so I thought I’d need to order a size or two larger then have the dress taken in but luckily my boobs fit my dress just fine in my street size! 

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m normally a 2 or a 4, and she ordered a 0 for me. It was definitely snug but she said since I was having boning removed from around my ribcage, it will all work out fine in the end. We shall see!

    Post # 5
    Member
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I had to order many sizes up from my normal size which is a street size 10/12. I ordered an Alfred Angelo dress, size 18 (+3 sizes). At David’s Bridal I would have needed to order a 16 (+2 sizes). I didn’t try on dresses anywhere else because I had found the one.

    That being said even for normal everyday dresses I often have to go up a size to fit my bust unless it’s a stretch fabric or a wrap dress.

    Post # 6
    Member
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m a street size 0, and she ordered a size 8 for me at Kleinfeld (Lazaro dress).  I’ve also lost weight since the dress was ordered, so I’m curious to see how the dress fits at my first fitting this weekend.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m about a 5 street-size and ordered an 8 which fits to a T.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    @penguinbee:  Same for me.  I don’t really buy this whole “bridal” sizing idea. 

    I have clothing in my closet that range from size 0 to 6 that all fit.  There is a lot of variance between manufactures when it comes to clothing.

    Post # 9
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m a street size 18 and had to order a size 26 wedding dress!!  I ended up needing it scaled down significantly!

    Post # 10
    Member
    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MrsChristopher:  +1.

    From my experience, wedding dresses are actually sized correctly; high street clothes aren’t always sized correctly due to vanity sizing, plus a lot of women wear the wrong size.

    Without wishing to cause offence, a lot of brides who say that they were a bigger size tend to be on the bigger side; which would support the above as they may be more likely to shop places that use ‘vanity sizing’ than smaller brides, etc.

    I was a UK 12/US 8 when I bought my dress; and my dress was a UK 12/US 8. I’m now a UK 8-10/US 4-6, and my dress is being taken in; my measurements are between the two sizes (35-26-35; UK 8 = 34-24-34; UK 10 = 36-26-36). 

    ETA: in some cases a larger size may need to be ordered due to say, a large bust. Someone might wear a smaller size usually because they wear, say, stretchy t-shirts, but wedding dresses are more structured and so the size ordered will need to fit their largest part eg bust. It may then have to be taken in considerably elsewhere. Eg a girl I went to school with is about a UK size 8; but her bust is very large. She would probably have to order a UK size 14 (ie 3 sizes bigger) to accomodate her bust, then have it taken it massively on the waist and hips.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m a size 0-2 from my top to hips. Once I reach my hips though, I’m like… 38”..so much more than a size 2!!

    That being said, the dress I got (Casablanca 1900) was not fitted in my hips, so I ordered a size 2 and needed it taken in at the chest and waist.

    So to make a long story short, I was pretty close to street-size.

    Post # 12
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    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it depends on who makes the dress.  When I was trying on Maggie Sottero, it was street size or 1 size smaller.  However when I went to go purchase my Allure, it was 1 size larger.

    Post # 14
    Member
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @barbie86:  No offense taken, but I think it depends on the bridal designer.  I agree that regular street sizing isn’t always accurate, but I’m 110 lbs.  So not big.  I would say pretty close to a street size 0-2 in American sizing.  Yet I was ordered a size 8 in a Lazaro dress.

    Post # 15
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @shrinkgirl:  Well that’s pretty crazy; but I’d say it’s the exception rather than the rule.

    I also wonder if some stores like to be on the safe side and so deliberately order up; dresses almost always need to be altered, and it’s much easier to take a dress in than it is to let it out; so I wonder it that comes into it? Plus, there is a risk someone might put on weight; I think they’re often conscious of that (mine’s been altered early and the lady doing it gave me a big lecture about making sure I don’t put on weight lol).

    Post # 16
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    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I ordered 2 sizes larger, but could have gone 3. 

    @barbie86:  a lot of brides who say that they were a bigger size tend to be on the bigger side

    I’m a street size US0 and went up to a US4, but could have gotten a US6 for a better fit. So, no.

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