(Closed) Can Someone explain Wedding Dress Sizes to me??

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am also a size 4-6 street, but my dress is a 10 and it fits pretty comfortably. I don’t know WHAT the deal with their sizing is!!

Post # 18
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211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I had always heard that the sizing ran small but in my experience, I was the same as street clothes.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think wedding dress sizes seem so much bigger than usual because they can increase in smaller increments than normal clothing does. That said, I wear a size 8 dress and my wedding dress was a 10, not too far off.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m a 12 street size and my DB dress is a 16, but that was mostly to get some extra length.  Here in the US sizes aren’t unified like they are elsewhere in the world.  That means that size 2 for designer A could be a size 0 or a size 4 for designer B.  And the sizes all vary on all types of things.  Haven’t you ever bought a pair of jeans that was a size bigger or a size smaller than what you “normally” wear?  I know I have!  So don’t worry about the sizes!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It really seems to have more to do with your waist/hips/bust measurement than anything else.  I’m a street size 0/2 – not because I’m so tiny but because I have absolutely no hips/bust/waist.  So for me that translated to a bridal size 4 (Amsale).  But I agree with the other posters – it largely depends on your “largest” measurement.  One of my `maids is a street size 6 but had to order a 10-12 for her DD bust.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m a street 4 and my Kenneth Pool is a size 8.  Sigh.  Although I am going to have to have the entire bodice taken in since its too large in my stomach area.  I hate looking at bigger sizes though.  It’s depressing.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Insecure brides can be talked into spending more money more easily?  That’s the only reason I can see keeping sizes at the old sizing, above street sizes.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ok I am sorry, but wedding dress sizes don’t run small. They are the correct size, and street clothing is marked down a size or four so that the companies can sell more.

I wear a size 4 at express and limited, but my wedding dress was a size 8. My measurements also say I am a size 8. My true size is an 8 but stores like limited and express tell me I am smaller so that I will feel better about myself and buy all my clothes there.

I often wonder what women who are legitimately a size 2 buy? Do they have to get a size -2 from the stores??

Post # 25
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Blushing bee

I went to M&B Bride and picked a dress out from there at first. I am a size 1, and my dress size there was an 8! When she told me that, I about died! lol When I went to Davids and bought my dress, I got a size 4. I think it all depends on the designer. Honestly, I think the size 8 thing really freaked me out and that’s why I never went back there!

Post # 26
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Busy bee

I agree that wedding dress sizes are actually more correct in terms of sizes than street clothes. And I think its horrible that dept stores change their sizes to make people feel better about themselves. I get that it will sell more clothes. But it also means people gain more weight, more people become obese, and the national bmi rate goes up. With all of that comes health problems. I also love feeling like I am a size 2 like dept stores tell me…but maybe Europe and mens clothing has it right. Measure by actual measurements rather than random numbers.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My wedding dress is sized corectly based on the size pants I wear. I say that b/c my pants size is bigger than my shirt size. I got my dress at DB.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well, my starter wedding dress was rented and it was as size 8.  At the time I was between a size 4 and 6.  They did have to do some alterations (waist area).  I do think it all depends on your bust, waist and hips.  After giving birth to three children, after the 3rd, I moved from my typical 4 or 6 to a size 10 and have come down to an 8 and doubt I’ll go down any more.  My stomach is flat, but I’m hippy and busty.  So, I must get an 8.  As long as the dress looks good, the size shouldn’t matter.  The problem we women have is we focus so much on the size instead of how the clothing fits.  It’s the fit that makes you look good; not the size. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

well i wear a street size 6/8 and had to order a size 16 in my Marisa gown! 😮 but that was to accomidate my boobies. i am a 32GG on top. If it werent for the girls i could have ordered a size 10 and have it fit perfectly. so now i have to have the bottom of the dress whittled down to a 10. boo.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t pay attention to the size. My bridal store took my measurements and checked that against their charts. I think just like anything, different designers use different guides. I’m not concerned with the size, as the dress will be altered to fit my individual body anyway.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

When dress shopping, I had some size 2’s that were too big and some size 6’s I could not even zip up. It seemed like every designer had their own sizing.  

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