(Closed) Dress and Dieting

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It honestly just depends on the dress. Some dresses are impossible to take in, others are simple. I would order the size you are now. One never knows you might even end up pregnant. Stuff happens.

Post # 4
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I cannot stress enough how BAD of an idea it is to buy a dress that is too small for you! It is so much easier to take a dress in than to let it out. Most dresses can be altered up to two sizes down fairly easily. I had intentions to lose weight, but it didn’t happen, and I’m so glad I bought a dress I was comfortable and looked good in as my body was at the time.

Maybe look into something with a corset back, those can be adjusted fairly easily to accomodate weight loss or gain.

Post # 5
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a similar dillemma. I ended up buying a dress that fit me at the time and I lost 14 lbs by the time the wedding rolled around. It was no problem altering my particular dress eventhough it was all lace. My problem was that I was still losing weight up until I left for my destination wedding and my seamstress was having to tell me to STOP!  That’s typically not a problem but something about the wedding really motivated me. Needless to say, I’ve gained half of it back. LOL. Oh well……back on the wagon after the holiday!

Anyhow, at the end of it all I was thinking I probably should have ordered it a size smaller (at least) but you really never know. So I would still recommend getting a dress you fit into now.

Good luck!

Post # 6
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

eeek i just bought mine. it was so hard to tell her the size to order as i fit a 10 in my hips, but my upper body is a 12…….  so i got the 10 because she said it was less expensive for those alterations since i have a corset back there is more wiggle room if i dont loose that much weight. i have not got my dress in yet.. makes me nervious!

Post # 7
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I bought a dress that fit so I did not have any un needed pressure.  Then when I lost 25 lbs she just took it in.  Dresses are much easier to take in than let out

Post # 8
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Taylor4: I would totally not advise buying a gown 2-3 sizes smaller than you are.  Sometimes people don’t loose the weight they want (I hope not to be one of them).  If your confident you will go down one size I would maybe buy a dress ONE size smaller than you are now and it be a corset back, since they adjust for weight.

Post # 9
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Make sure you talk with the alterations team at the botique where you find your dress. Some dresses are easier to take in than others. I was able to take mine in 2-3 sizes though, so it can be done! I’d suggest buying one at the size you are now, and then if you lose weight, it will just be an added bonus.

Post # 10
598 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You might consider a corset closure instead of a zip.  It allows much more flexibility with weigth.  I typically wear a size 16 and fit comfortably into a corset back 14.  It is a little snug in the hips but that is easily altered so I’m told 🙂  Just a thought.

Post # 11
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had the same dilemma when I ordered my gown. I was really hoping to measure as a size 2, but I measured in between a 2 and a 4. The store had a 4 in another style for me to try on and it was a little roomy in the bodice. I ordered a 4 knowing that it’s easier to alter down than up. I’m still not sure if I did the right thing, but I’ll have to wait until March to find out.

I trust the ladies at my bridal shop, and this was their recommend.

Good luck to you!

Post # 12
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I took a walk on the wild side and ordered the dress one size smaller. The good news–it fit perfectly! But, if you are not sure how motivated you are, that would be a dangerous move. I agree that ordering a corset is a great idea. My dress was a corset and even if I didn’t loose all of the weight I would have been able to fit it.

Sadly I gained back the weight pretty quickly…but come Dec. 26th I am back on the wagon! 

Post # 14
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think its super common for brides to lose inches just before the wedding, so I don’t see why a seamstress wouldn’t be able to take it in for you…PLUS…I’ve seen Vera from Say Yes to the Dress use her magic wand to turn a size 10 dress into a size 2….so it CAN be done, so long as you have someone willing to do it…. =) GOOD LUCK!!!

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