- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
Bees, it’s been an awful couple of days. First, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Obviously my dad’s life is infinitely more important to me than a dress, but talking about my dad’s illness makes me cry, while the dress situation just makes me angry. The dress situation is really the last straw and this is a wedding board, so I hope I can vent to you all about the dress.
I ordered what I thought was my dream dress from White House Black Market, the Audrey. It arrived today in a GORGEOUS white box, wrapped in a huge black ribbon bow. The packaging and presentation were stunning. I felt like a little kid at Christmas opening up that box. As soon as I lifted the dress out however, I knew instantly that it would be too big. It was so much bigger than it should have been that I could tell at first sight. I was baffled, because I had measured myself and double checked WHBM’s size chart about twenty times before I ordered a size 0.
As you can see here:
A size 0 is supposed to fit a woman with 32.5″ bust, 24.5″ waist, and 34.5″ hips. I even contacted their “Live help from a Style Expert” to make sure that the dresses fit true to size. The so-called expert assured me that their dresses are true to their size chart measurements.
Let’s get one thing straight – according to their chart, I shouldn’t even fit into a size 0. I should be a size 2. But experience from ordering online from other retailers has taught me to beware of vanity sizing and order a size down. I match the bust measurement of their size 0, but my waist and hips are actually exactly a size 2 according to the chart. So I was just boggled that the dress could be too big by THAT much.
I tried to swallow my doubts and tried it on. Bees, it’s ridiculous. It looks like I’m wearing a potato sack. This is supposed to be a mermaid style that is fitted to the hips, and yet I can grab a handful of fabric on BOTH sides of my hips. It’s so huge that I don’t think exchanging this one for a size 00 would help. Ironically, the only part that actually comes close to fitting is the bust!
Now I don’t know what to do. It will cost a fortune to have literally the entire dress taken in, and there’s not much time at all. So far I’ve called WHBM to see if they’d take the dress back without me having to pay a fortune in return shipping. They said they’d call me back with more information.
Was the dress mistagged as a 0? Is this a bad case of vanity sizing? All I know is, I just paid $600 for a dress that fits like a potato sack. Meanwhile, I bought a dress to wear for my stagette from H&M last night for $15. FIFTEEN dollars! It’s a size 4, and it fits like a damn glove! I order cheap-o stuff online from Forever 21 all the time, and it almost always fits perfectly! How could I have expected that clothes from a retailer like WHBM would fit so badly?
Bees, what should I do? Return the dress? Have it altered? Bees, if your dresses started out way too big from top to bottom, how much did it cost to have the whole thing taken in?