(Closed) Bridal Size Freakout

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

There was a huge discrepancy for me.  My street size (for example, Ann Taylor or Banana Republic) is 6 or 8.  My dress was ordered in a 14.  Granted, it’s a little big, but that is a HUGE difference!

Post # 18
4381 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Just remind yourself that these are pretend sizes, and not real world. It varies so much from dressmaker to dressmaker, and almost all run like crazy small. Just pretend there are no numbers. I tried on dresses that ran anywhere from 4-6/8 sizes smaller. For serious.

Post # 19
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m a size 6-8 in street clothes and bought a size 8 wedding gown that will need to be taken in just a bit.  My experience was that my regular size matched my gown size.  Apparently that’s not normal! 

Post # 20
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Size really means nothing.  Find a dress that you love how it looks on you.  Everyone can find a dress that flatters her.  Don’t get hung up on the size number, becasue no one will know and frankly no one will care.  Find a dress that makes you glow and forget about the number.

Post # 21
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i am a street size 8 and ordered my dress in a 12, the 10 mostly fit me but was a little tight in the hips, so i’ll need to have it altered on top.

i agree with the other posters. just ignore the number on the tag because it’s going to differ from your street size. go with fit and feel.

Post # 22
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m a street size 12, and most sample dresses size 10-12 I was able to zip up. They actually made my waist look super tiny! True I couldn’t breath, but it was nice to look at for a while. Anyway, they ended up ordering a size 16 for me, as I am also rather busty. So, don’t stress…you’ll be fine!  

Post # 23
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The dress sizes seem to be different for different makers.  Mine was a size 8 and I’m usually a size 6 pant and size 4 on top.  I don’t think that you are going to have many options when you try them on in the store, they usually only have one size as a sample size.  I’m sure that the girls at a bridal shop can help you figure out what size dress you should try on since they do that all the time.

Post # 24
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I think part if it is what body type you have for what style dress. FI’s Future Sister-In-Law is a 12 pants size, but has a small upper body, and ordered a size 8 A-Line dress.

I freaked and was super depressed my first time trying on dresses, but now I’m just about toning up and losing some weight. As long as I feel that I look good, I will look good and the number won’t matter. David’s was the only place I fit into the dresses, and I’m a size 10/12.

It might be helpful to some to hit Davids to try certain syles if you are finding that the samples are fitting well. Then at least you know what flatter’s your body and what style you like most with a dress that actually fits your body.

Post # 25
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I work in Bridal for 2 years. At most salons, not David’s or Jessica McClintock type stores, you’ll find about a 2 size discrepancy.  Lilyfaith had it right about vanity sizing.  It used to be that sizes were consistent with bridal, but American designers decided to make us feel better by modifying the sizing. Bridal didn’t fallow suit.  It is not an ego boost, quite the opposite, but it’s just a number on the INSIDE of the dress. Nobody will know unless you tell them!

Post # 26
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sizing is so arbitrary, I don’t think anyone should stress over it. ^_^ We all know that street brands run big or run small as it is, so bridal shouldn’t be any more stressful. I wear sizes 8-12 in real life, depending on the store, and trying on dresses it was exactly the same–8-12 (and one or two 14s ^_^). It can be annoying if the store only carries 4s ands 6s, but I had really good luck finding samples the were close enough in size to get a good idea. When you go to the store they’ll ask you what your street size is and know where to go from there. Don’t worry! Be happy!

Post # 27
56 posts
Worker bee

I was like you – VERY freaked out over the sizing, but i was pleasantly surprised. I am a street size 2/4, and i measured between a size 2-4 in my Melissa Sweet (Priscilla of Boston) dress. I went with the 4. I am slightly confused when seeing people sell their wedding dresses (on oncewed.com etc) where the sizes are 2-4 sizes bigger than street. I guess I will have to assume it is by designer, but Melissa Sweet was dead on for me! Don’t worry!

Post # 28
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, not going to lie. Bridal sizing was upsetting. The first time I went shopping I was about a street size 8 at 5’6″ and I tried on a Rosa Clara. Man, those dresses fit small! I tried the sample 10 and it zipped up but it was tight! The size chart was recommending that I order a size 14 (I was a size 12, but my hips are large).

I will admit that I am of course, a tad vain when it comes to my size, just as any other woman, so it did suck to hear. I went a few weeks (and a few lbs) lighter/later and the size 10 sample for Mikaella fit me like a glove even though the chart recommended a size 12.

When I finally ordered my dress 2 months after that, I was back to my normal street size 6 and the 10’s and 12’s were too large (this time Pronovias—I find their sizes are more generous) and I ended up ordering my dress in a size 8. That definitely made me feel pretty good about myself! LOL

The PP’s are right when they say to forget about the size and go with how it looks. You definitely want to be able to move and you’re going to need alterations to take it in anyway. I assumed they’d order a 10 based on my 39″ hips, but they were adamant about an 8. They’re the experts, not I!

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