Post # 1
I’m a street size 4 (for dresses; pants I’m a 6/8). Basically, my but and thighs are giant compared to my torso, so I was looking for an A-line. I had been trying on the lace Allure gowns but didn’t like how much they emphasized my pear shape. Until the consultant pulled one that was PERFECT. It was Allure lace, but had room in the lower half; I thought it was an A-line and even told the consultant I was so happy to have found an A-line Allure. The sample was obviously too big on me, even in the lower half.
The consultant took my measurements, compared it to the chart, and told me I needed to order a 4. I was so excited about the dress that I didn’t think twice about it and ordered the 4. I shouldn’t have. Not only is my dress not an A-line, but it is super tight in the hips. I haven’t gained weight since I ordered, and all of my regular clothes still fit me the same. And after reading other posts on this website (wish I had found this place before I tried on dresses), it seems that usually you have to go up one or more sizes for a wedding gown. Why would the consultant 1) tell me to order a too-small size, and 2) not tell me that I was wrong about it being an A-line?
It’s not horrible, but it’s not what I imagined. It’s a completely different silhouette, which emphasizes the parts of my body I don’t like to emphasize. It’s kind of even hard to sit down. I don’t want to be the girl that splits her skirt on the dance floor. But it’s too late to order a new dress, and anyway I can’t afford one. So I’m going to live with what I’ve got. Still a gorgeous dress on the hanger (and on the models in the ads), but I don’t like it so much on myself.
Anyone else have this problem?
thanks for letting me rant
Post # 3
im so sorry about this. it really sucks!! you would think they would know better.
Post # 4
@imalawyerbride: So sorry to hear that! Yes, bridal sizes are often bigger than our street sizes. Could you raise the issue with the bridal store? Maybe they would be able to rush order a dress in 4 months? Or maybe have them give you the sample which you can alter?
Alternatively, try selling the dress and look out for a used dress in the right size for sale? I think Allure dresses are pretty popular so that may be an option. Which style is your dress? Can you post a picture and maybe we’ll help you look?
You’re already a size 4 but maybe as a last resort, try working out these few months and see if the dress can fit better?
Post # 5
Thanks for the support. Yes, I think I’m going the super-diet + spanx route. Can’t really exercise much more than I already do, but I guess I’ve got 4 months try to make it work.
I had it altered (the bodice was actually too big, believe it or not) and the seamstress was beaming and said it looked great. My mom (who I can always trust to tell me her honest opinion) says I am being unreasonable and that the dress looks great on me.
Maybe I just need to get over the shock of it being different than what I expected.
It’s an allure 8634.
Post # 6
@imalawyerbride: Could you post a picture of yourself in the dress? It’s probably not as bad as you think it looks! I’m also bottom heavy and lunges and squats have helped toned my butt and hips and lost half an inch in 3 weeks.
This bride is selling her dress in sz 4. I’m linking this to give you an idea how the fit is. She is a street size 4 and a 6 in the bottom…and she looks great in her wedding picture!
This bride is selling her brand-new unaltered sz6 dress at USD$1100.
Post # 7
I think some sites call it a fluted a line. More fitted in the hip then flutes out. It is a gorgeous dress and I am sure you look great. May I offer a tip? See if the seamstress can tweak the shape to let out the hip area to make it more of an a line?? Also maybe add another layer of netting underneath to add more volume to the bottom making the upper part look smaller? I am sure the dress will look fantastic when it is all done. Seamstresses work wonders.
Post # 8
also I read a poll about a year ago that said that the female pear shape is the most desirable to men – so actually your concerns might be your Husband to Be’s wildest fantesies 🙂
Post # 9
And yes a good seemstress can change the line of the skirt
Post # 10
your first fitting is good start!