(Closed) Did you/would you buy a dress that was too small?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPanda99:  I wore Spanx when I measured for my dress then I subtracted an extra inch from each measurement.  I felt comfortable in doing this because I had three months (now two) to lose the weight.  Plus, I bought a corset style tie-back dress so there is a little wiggle room on the sizing.  For a zipper back dress NO WAY!

Post # 5
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I ordered the size that I am now. I have two years until my wedding and firmly plan on losing at least fifteen lbs, but I will have the dress altered. I have a large chest anyways and definitely need to make sure the girls are accommodated. I couldn’t imagine ordering too small or not being able to lose enough weight and being stuck.

Post # 6
4525 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

No, I wouldn’t. I counted on losing weight for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress a couple years ago and GAINED! It barely fit and I felt poured I to it 

Post # 7
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I bought my zip-back dress a little over a size too small.

I have no regrets, because I have lost enough now that the question isn’t “can I lose the weight in time” but “can this be altered down small enough so that it will fit me at my goal weight”? I am not at my goal yet, but I have plenty of time yet. And unless something crazy happens, I don’t see me deviating from my diet between now and then. And as long as I can keep it off, I will be swimming in my dress. I am not sure it’s something I’d ever recommend to someone else, but I kind of wish I’d bought it two sizes too small now.

Post # 8
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I probably should have gone up another size for mine (zips in the back), but everything fit except the waist measurement was about an inch small. It still fits/zips all the way, so it doesn’t really matter.

Post # 9
1227 posts
Bumble bee



Wedding planning is stressful enough without feeling huge pressure to lose weight at the same time. I bought a dress that looked perfect on me when I bought it, so at least I could check that off the list without adding something even bigger to it (diet). As it turns out, my dress was a little on the loose side, and I’ve lost almost 20 pounds, however I know that if I had felt obligated and pressured  to lose weight, the stress of it would have caused me to gain instead.  I’ve never been able to lose weight to meet a deadline.


Post # 12
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I bought my dress right after I got home from deployment. Huge mistake. I hadn’t drank and had to deal with terrible food for 7 months. I went home and started drinking regularly and eating what I wanted. My dress came in and it was too small. I flipped out. Thankfully the salon was really nice, they had just sold their sample that was the same size that I had ordered. They offered to trade my size 10 for their used size 14 and offered to take it in for free. It was in surprisingly good condition, so I jumped on it. But I am still really embarrassed about gaining too much weight.

Post # 13
2489 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

No, never.  Why risk it?

That, and I feel like I’m at a good weight, so I have zero plans of trying to lose anything.

Post # 14
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I had my dress regret and bought another gown I did.  It was a bridal size 14 and did not comletely zip.  A 16 would have worked fine.  I was going to have it made into a corset back but ened up loosing about 15 pounds and it fits now.  

Post # 16
2489 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@MrsPanda99:  My bad!  I feel embarassed now.

I will share that I’ve been in weddings where the bridesmaids decide to order a dress smaller with the intention of losing weight.  Some do great and lose it.  Others forget that they ordered it small and end up realized a month before that they planned to lose 15 pounds…  That never went over well.

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