Allure Dress Sizing w/ My Measurements–So conflicted between 2 sizes! Help!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
217 posts
Helper bee

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
724 posts
Busy bee

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
249 posts
Helper bee

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
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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. 

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