Post # 1
Anyone order the long Arabelle bridesmaids dress from J. Crew? I live in Canada and had my girls measured and the J. Crew consultant recommended sizes, I just want to know if anyone has any experience with this? The sizes she suggested are sometime 3-4 sizes larger then the girls say the normally wear. Should I go by the J. Crew stylist or by what my girls think they wear. For example, one of my girls told me she wears a 4 petite from J. Crew and the stylist told me to order her a 10 petite…. She also said she was a size 4 when she was married 4 years ago… I didn’t think she went up that many sizes though.
Post # 2
I tried this dress on a couple months ago and this is how it fit. I am 5’7, 146 lbs. My measurements are 34-28-37. I carry most of it my weight in my hips. I have a long torso and long legs. I tried on their sample 8 and it was way too big. I would have been comfortable in a 4, per the stylist fitting me. The length was also very long.
JCrew sizes are fairly true to their dress sizes. They don’t do bridal/fashion sizes. The rule of thumb is you don’t want to order anything too big- a dress really can only be altered down two sizes. I would order one size up and get it altered. If she’s a 4 petite, get that or a 6. But definitely don’t order any more than an 8.
Post # 3
My girls ordered all of their J. Crew dresses in their normal size – aka their street size, and they fit perfectly, several different styles. The petite was helpful for anyone under 5’4.
Post # 4
My bridesmaid’s dress is J. Crew Arabelle and her dress seemed to run true to size. As another poster mentioned, though, it seems to be really long.
Post # 5
I wore the Arabelle once – I ordered it in my normal size, but my measurements matched those on the size chart. https://www.jcrew.com/sizecharts/main.jsp?sizeChart=1,3′ defer=’defer
So long as you order the largest size that their measurements (bust, waist, or hips) line up with, you should be fine (ie. if they’d be a 6 in the hips but a 4 in the bust and a 0 in the waist, order a 6).
So, don’t go by either what your friends think they wear or the stylist, really – go by what their measurements and the jcrew size chart say.
Post # 6
Use the size chart. I didn’t wear the Arabelle but another one of the bridesmaids in a wedding I was in did (we had mismatched dresses). We measured each other, and just used the size chart. We’re in Canada too, so we tried to be careful to minimize the need for returns.
Some of the girls ordered a size or two up, but I got my usual size since my measurements fit the hip/waist/bust measurements in size chart. Those who sized up ordered in the size of their largest measurement. Everyone whose bust was the largest measurement and sized up from their street size had dresses that fit out of the box.
My dress was slightly too big, despite the measurents. One person ordered her regular street size even though her hip measurement put her in a size up. She was the only one to need to exchange a dress.
Post # 7
I just bought the long Arabelle for our engagement photos. The sizing chart is relatively accurate. I will say that the ribcage area under the bust tends to run small by .5″-1″ or so. The petite sizing is slightly different from regular sizing, so keep that in mind (ie: a 00p is smaller all around than a 00, not just lengthwise)
Post # 8
I have two J. Crew bridesmaid dresses & ordered my street size in both and they both fit perfectly. My wedding dress is also from J. Crew, ordered it a size up and had to have it altered.