Post # 1
Back in December I found these stunning black empire waist dresses at a BCBG designer outlet store for 75% off. My bridesmaids are all over the country and I am paying for their dresses, so I thought this would be a good deal. The dresses are really flattering and really forgiving, so I thought that they would be perfect. Asked each of my bridesmaids to tell me what dress size they wear (and I let them know that the only really important measurement is the bust)
I gave the the size chart for the dress too. So back in December one of my bridesmaids told me she would need a size 2. I bought it for her and gave it to her and she said it fit well. I kind of doubted that she would fit into it so I told her there there was another sz 4 in the store if she needed me to buy it for her.
Now, one month before the wedding, she tell me she can’t fit into the dress because her “bone structure” is to big… and she told my Fiance (her cousin) that the dress was too small back in December when we bought it for her but she thought she would lose weight.
AAHHH… now I have 5 bridesmaids in matching dresses and one who cannot fit into hers.
Have your bridesmaids done anything similar? Its so frustrating…
PS Here a pic of the dress just so you all can see how forgiving the style is… unfortunately this style has been discontinued 🙁
Post # 3
A good tailor should be able to let it out a bit. Or maybe add some fabric in the back? It’s a very pretty dresss.
Post # 4
Can’t the dress just be let out by a tailor? After I had a baby I had lots of my clothes let out, it’s not that big a deal.
Post # 5
Ooo super pretty dress. I definitely agree with the PP about taking it to a tailor! Hopefully they can just let it out, but yeah, that’s really frustrating. Good luck!
Post # 6
That’s really annoying that she lied… I agree about having a tailor let it out… you should be able to get if from a 2 to a 4, I would think. Gorgeous dress!!
Post # 7
My Maid/Matron of Honor dress does not fit. She has gained weight since her measurments were taken. The bridal store I bought it from said it can be let out. But if it can’t be let out enough I have considered adding a corsett back to it. I also told her that I would not be paying for alterations since she is the one that gained weight. (we have been friends for over 25 years and she did not take this as a bridezilla moment) So maybe a corsett back might be an option for your bridesmaid
Post # 8
if it truly is just a one size difference a tailor could manage it, if no back is a forgiving fabric and you could add a panel in the back with elastic but to be honest I wouldnt place all blame on the Bridesmaid or Best Man its a risk having people buy dresses without trying them on, I myself tried on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and could wear 3 different sizes depending on the dress. good luck
Post # 9
That dress is gorgeous! I’m having the same problem with TWO (out of 5) bridesmaids – trying to convince me they want to order a dress a size or two too small and that will motivate them to lose weight. UGH!
I agree with the others, find a seamstress and she should be able to take it out.
Post # 10
Beautiful dress! Too bad about the little fibber. Not surprised that she would lie about her size, because a lot of women would rather die than reveal their real size. Lol This can be a learning experience for all other brides out there-make sure to take their measurements instead of trusting them to tell the truth:)
Is there any way a tailor could let it out or even add a black panel on each side (I presume this is where it doesn’t fit)?
Post # 11
That happened to one of my sister’s bridesmaids – ordered her dress a size too small, insisting that she’d lose the weight. She didn’t, and the dress got discontinued so couldn’t be exchanged. As others have suggested, she took it to a tailor to have a gusset (elastic panel) sewn in. It wasn’t noticeable at the wedding.