Post # 1
Hey there, I have to buy a second hand gown and I am looking at both jenny lee 503 and also the lovely gemma by vera wang. My waist is a size 30 but my hips and bust are 37, most of the “street size 6-8″ gowns have a 28” waist but the bust and hips are the right size for me. In other bees opinions would the dress do up and nip in my waist or am I asking too much? did anyone’s waist end up smaller when they had their gown on? thanks so much.
Post # 3
@scarsbee: You never ever ever buy a dress where a measurement is too small. You need to choose your size based on your largest measurement. You can always alter clothing down (if it fits in the waist, but is a bit big in the hips and bust, for example) but too small clothing will not make you look smaller, and constraining yourself is just not a good idea. You’ll end up looking pudgy in your dress (like lumpy sausage in a casing)
If your dress has room in the seam, you may be able to get it let out to accomodate, but 2 inches is kind of a lot to try to scale up for.
Post # 4
Buying a dress like this could be risky, even if it is a corset back. I would only go for it if (A) you’ve been able to try on a sample or (B) you have enough money to buy a second dress if the first doesn’t work out.
Post # 5
@scarsbee: also consider the fact that your waist will expand if you intend to eat or drink anything (or breath deeply) Starting off even smaller than normal is a bad, bad idea.
Post # 6
I agree with prior posters. You need to order a dress in a size that will accommodate your largest measurement, not your smallest.
Post # 7
@Brielle: i am so heartbroken – you are all so right. I just wish my waist was smaller but I am 7 months postpartum, I guess it will never be the same
Post # 8
Is that your waist measurement with a serious piece of shapewear on? You may be able to buy yourself some inches there…
Post # 9
@scarsbee: So you’re 30 inch waist, and the dress is 28?
I bought a smaller size dress, and I worked my butt off to lose the 3 inches to fit in that sucker. It definitely can be done! Cardio, yoga, resistance weights. I also went carb free the week of the wedding (and continued a healthy diet).
And to be honest, I’m so happy that I did. I worked hard for 3 months, but I had no alterations done on the dress and recieved many compliments on how the dress ‘fit like a glove.’ If I went up a size my boobs would be lost and the dress would not fit my bum correctly without alterations.