Post # 1
So, I found my dream dress a few months ago–Allure 9264. Yay! But I need some serious advice. I tried it on twice in a sample size 14 and it needed clips in the back. The lady at the salon suggested that I buy it in a size 10. She even wrote it down for us. Well, my aunt somehow managed to find it for a MUCH cheaper price online through a different (though still reputable) salon. We ordered the size 10, as the one lady had suggested, and when it arrived…it just doesn’t fit. Thank goodness it arrived so early! It won’t close in the back. We called the salon and they’re going to let us exchange the size one time and they said I’ll still be able to get it on time. They gave us the Allure sizing chart, so I went and got my measurements taken at a local dress alteration shop.
My measurements: Bust – 38, Waist – 30, Hip – 42
Size 10 –> Bust – 36.5, Waist – 28, Hip – 40 (Size I Ordered, but Didn’t Fit)
Size 12 –> Bust – 38, Waist – 30, Hip – 41.5
Size 14 –> Bust – 39.5, Waist – 31.5, Hip – 43 (Sample Size I Tried On)
I’m stuck between the 12 and 14. I know that the 14 is little too big, since I tried it on, but would it be better to give myself more room? Or would that alteration ruin the lace on the dress? I’ve always heard it’s easier to size down than up.
My measurements are exactly their 12, except for half an inch on the hips. I’m hoping to lose a little bit of weight before the wedding, but I’m just nervous about it being too snug and wondering if I should give myself the extra wiggle room or not.
Any thoughts would be appreciated! I’m just so conflicted!
Post # 2
You won’t regret going bigger, you can always alter it to fit you: but if you go smaller you run the risk of it not fitting. Sample dresses are always stretched out from multiple people trying them on, so they will always be looser. Allure dresses run really small. I am a 20 in dresses but in allure I was a 26.
I say get the 14
Post # 3
chels17 : I was in exactly the position you were! The sample I tried was a 12; my measurements were exactly a 10 except for the hip, which was off by half an inch. The salon wanted me to order a 12; I ordered a 10 instead. My seamstress let out the hips (she said it could be let out about 3 inches based on the seam allowance). She said I did right by ordering the smaller one because letting out he hip was very easy, while a larger dress would have needed LOTS more work to take in.
ETA: also an Allure bride – 2903
Post # 4
Why not ask the alterations specialist who measured you? You’ll be able to get a sense about the comparative cost between taking in the size 14 and letting out the size 12.
Post # 5
Get the 14 and get it fitted with alterations. I had the same problem with my hip measurement being a larger size than waist/bust. I ALWAYS side with going larger and getting your alterations for a custom fit. You are so much better off doing that then getting screwed with it being too tight.
Post # 6
From experience, buy the bigger size. I ended up having to buy a whole new dress because the salon ordered a size 10 when they should have ordered a 12. The sample size will be stretched out a bit because other brides have tried it on and had the clips
stretch the material when pulled tight. The brand new 14 should be a better fit for you.
Post # 7
I wanted to weigh in because I was also stuck between two sizes and found myself in a similar situation. I ultimately ended up going with the smaller size (it fit everything except my hips) and I totally regretted it. There was a point in time that it looked like I couldn’t use the dress – the bridal store seamstress said there was nothing more she could do and that I should not have purchased that size (for the record, I could get in to the dress but it was all bunched up and I couldn’t sit down in it). I was pretty upset.
Thankfully, I found an amazing seamstress and she was able to save the dress for me. What a nightmare that could have been. At that time, it was three months to our wedding date and I didn’t know if I had time to rush order another dress in.
Honestly, it may be a bit more work and money to have the larger size altered, but if I could do it again I would go with the larger size in a heartbeat. It would have saved me so much stress.