Post # 1
Looking for sizing advice on a Dessy Bridesmaid dress. This is the dress I’m getting http://www.dessy.com/dresses/bridesmaid/2879/?color=emerald&colorid=10
As the description states, the lux chiffon is very flowy/drapey with some give. The dress is very fitted in the bust and drapes down from an empire waist. In the store I tried on a size 8. To keep it up, the sales attendant clipped approximately 2″ of fabric down the back. She then took my measurements – 33 bust, 26 waist and 36.5 hip. According to the Dessy measurement guide, that puts me at a 2 bust, 4 waist and a 4/6 hip. Dang!
The sales attendant recommended a 4 or 6, based on the “it’s easier to alter down than it is to alter up” mantra. However, my goal is “no alterations”. Personally, I feel the shape of the dress would dictate the need to go more fitted in the bust as there’s definitely more room in the waist and hip area.
Any advice or experience with purchasing a Dessy bridesmaid dress would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@justwed22: Well…if you’re different sizes in the bust, waist and hips–I don’t see how you’re going to get around alterations without the dress looking like it doesn’t fit you. I agree with the sales attendant. It’s far easier to alter down than up…
Just know that if you order a dress that is too small in the hips–it may cost you a LOT more. More than likely, you might even end up having to order an entirely new dress and then alter the bust down anyway. Chiffon dresses do have more give, BUT if it doesn’t fit in the hips, there’s not much you can do to fix that, short of ordering a new dress.
Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. You might buy smaller intended to save a little, and end up paying a lot more.
If you’re concerned…call around to other bridal shops and see if any carry the dress in your sizes. That way you’ll know which fits best.
Post # 4
@justwed22: I would get the 4. I was between sizes in a dress because of my hips as well and I ordered the smaller size. It still fit fine and I actually needed alterations on it still
Post # 5
Thank you for your advice!