Post # 1
I’m a street size 0 and looking to buy a preowned gown online. Most of the dresses I see are size 8 and up. On occasion I’ll see something that’s equivalent to a street size 4. How large can I go, with the intention of having it taken in? I’m sure you can have anything taken in, but I’m worried that even with the best tailor something may still look horribly out of proportion if it’s much too far off from my true size. Input?
Post # 3
I heard more than 3 sizes up becomes difficult… so If I were you I’d steer clear from size 8 and up…
Post # 4
I’ve read down 2 and up 1 due to pattern changes for size.
Post # 5
Some of them might work for you, depending on the sizing of the particular designer. I’m a street size 0 on top, and 4 on the bottom (I’ve got a little junk in the trunk!), but my dres is a size 8 (just have to get the top taken in). Bridal sizes tend to be larger than street sizes.
Post # 6
Thanks all! Ok, so def avoid over 3 sizes….but I think most dresses start at a 4 anyways, right? So a 6 might be ok?
@ASDF: LOL unfortunately I’m flat on the top and…flat in the bottom! (I totally wouldn’t mind junk in either place – consider yourself lucky!)
Post # 7
I really think it depends on the cut and detail of the dress and if you have a great seamstress. I purchased a pre-owned strapless, mermaid style gown in an unaltered size 8 and the tailor has done a fantastic job of bringing the sides in to about a size 2 (street).
Post # 8
Are the sizes you’re looking at the actual size of the dress or the street size of the previous owner? Street size and dress size can be way off. If you find a dress you like try to find the size chart from the dressmaker or ask the previous owner for specific measurements. I think staying within two sizes is best to be safe. How much it can be sized down will depend on the dress style, material, and bead/lace details.
Post # 9
I’m a street size 0 and my dress is an 8. It had to be taken in considerably but wasn’t an issue at all for the tailor. It depends on the dress, though. Lots of beaded detail (which mine doesn’t have) would be more difficult. You should go to the designer’s website and compare your measurements to their sizing chart. I found that while I was a street size 0, I was actually a bridal size 4 per my designer so a bridal 8 was only 2 sizes too big.
Post # 10
Bumping this up! Hey all – anyone familiar with how UK sizes run? I found a second hand dress I love but it’s bridal UK 12, and supposedly bridal US 8. It’s a Euro designer, so I know those run on the smaller side of things. I’m still a street size 0. This dress has some intricate beading. Should I pass? It’s a great price but I’m worried things are going to look a bit out of proportion. I’m just hoping that the UK sizes are actually a bit smaller. Input?
Post # 11
@Suerte: Im from australia and we have the same sizing as the UK I am a AUS/UK size 8 normally which is the eqivalant to a us 2. So your right a uk 12 would be about a US 8 depending on the designer! if you are a street size 0 you would be a size 6 over here!
Post # 12
I think it depends on the style of the dress as well. When my Maid/Matron of Honor got married she had to deal with her wedding dress shop closing down and her having to scramble two months before the wedding to get a dress. She bought a size 8 sample and she’s a size 2. Honestly, you couldn’t even tell and it looked perfect
Post # 13
UK sizes are definitely different. I’m 0-2 or sometimes a 4 (I’m busty) street size here in the US, but my UK street size is 6-8. If the bridal sizes are simlar, then the UK dresses should run smaller.
Also, wedding dresses are way different from regular clothes. As I mentioned above, I’m pretty small too, and my dress is a 6 and only needs minimal alterations. But my dress DOES have a corset back, which helps a lot with sizing issues. A US size 8 wedding dress, depending on the designer, could be as low as a 2-4 street size, which would mean that you would only need minimal alterations.
Post # 14
I’m a street size 0 and 5’1″, and I ordered my Maggie Sottero dress in a size 0 and 5″ shorter, and its STILL big in some places….
i guess a street size 0 can vary!