(Closed) Dress Size charts are freaking me out!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Dress sizes are WAY off – even with the type of dress you try on. For most fit and flare dresses, I was a 8-10. Some styles, I was a 12. But, then some sheath styles I was a 6! Honestly, it’s just a different sizing chart than normal clothes and every designer is different. I am a 6/8 street size, and my dress was a 10 (hello, hips!).

When you do get it altered, alterations can work wonders if you need things taken in and out in certain place. My issue area was my hips, so that part was taken out some, and everything else was adjusted to make it fit well.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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solsticegirl:  When you go to try on dresses they usually warn you upfront not to be offended by the sizes becuase they run so small. I wear a US size 6/8 normally and the bridal dress I ordered was a size 12… who cares!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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solsticegirl:  Don’t worry about the size! I’m a 4 street size and was an 8-10 wedding dress size.  Once you start trying on dresses you will find what works for you 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s really going to differ depending on what style (silouette) dress you try on.  When I tried on dresses, I was a street size 8, but wore a 10 or 12 in different wedding dresses…and I looked horrible in mermaid/trumpet/dropped waist A-line dresses because I always have a bit of a pooch and wide hips. A natural waist A-line gown or a ball gown will probably give you curves and make everything look more proportional.  Don’t sweat it, and have fun trying on dresses when the time comes. 

FWIW-I found an A-line dress with a corseted top which gave me a great hour glass shape.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Yes, I had your same issue! But guess what? Corsets are AMAZING. I didn’t know my size before going in, but had been told it would be up to 4 sizes larger. It was. Then, they put these amazing dresses on me and I have the best figure of my life in my dress. Hallelujah! I went to a shop that catered to my body type. I think Fiance might pass out when he sees me!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Oh, and my waist was actually larger than my chest measurement, I’m pretty sure. If I looked amazing, I think they can do the same for you. Don’t freak yourself out with pictures of bad dresses, ok? Lastly, I ordered a 20, although I was between 18/20. I am a street 14/16. And in the craziest case of irony, I’m now focusing on my health and might have to take the dress in a few months from now. But I was told, better to take in than let out. We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Winery

I’m a 27 in waist and ended up getting a size 10 in my dress. Oh well … No one is going to see the tag but you! I’d rather it fit than be crash dieting before the wedding because I can’t zip my dress up. For slimmer dresses, you may have to order a larger size to accommodate the largest part of your body. Alterations will make everything perfect, though!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Wedding dress sizes are very different. Don’t worry about the number. Get what fits best, and you will look like a million bucks! 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Wedding dress sizes are THE WORST! I normally wear a 6-8 and I had to order my dress in a 12. Please don’t be put off by the actual size you have to get. What matters is how you feel in the dress!

Also, just make sure to try on a bunch of different silhouettes to find what style suits your body type the best. You’d be surprised that maybe something you thought would look absolutely awful is completely gorgeous on you. Just be open to possibilities! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

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solsticegirl:  Don’t worry about the sizes. My sister who has big hips had to get a dress just so she can pull it over her hips. The top is obviously to big because she is smaller in that area. You just get it a bigger size so that you can pull it over. Same for my dress i bought an 8 but made the top into a 6. Dresses are not made in US sizes (assuming you are from the US) so it’s all off. I don’t think any dress or clothes for that matter are made to fit perfect.  Almost always a wedding dress is being altered. Don’t worry about the sizing.  Focus on feeling good when you put that dress on not the dress Size. No one is going to come up to you on your wedding day and ask you if you are wearing a size8 or 20 because you will look beautiful. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016 - Church by the beach,

Size charts will never fit everyone don’t worry too much,  i always find the opposite problem that dresses are designed for more rectangular or slightly pear shaped. My hips are 38 and bust 40 so kinda are similar to yours which is apparently 14 but my waist is 25 which is supposed to be a 0/ 2 haha insane and I hope to get down a few more lbs before the wedding. I don’t know what size I would say my dress was its custom made so my size I guess. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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solsticegirl:  Yeah one of Maid/Matron of Honor freaked out too…she’s only 130 lbs but her boobs are a 34DDD…yes triple. She freaked out when the Bridal Consultant suggested she get a size 16…she put the deposit down on her dress without a size (some how) and told them she’s going to lose weight before they put the order completely through….I just smh at her I keep telling her she’s small she’s just all boobs lol

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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solsticegirl:  One word of advice since you say you plan on losing weight: DO NOT order a dress in a smaller size because you’re hoping to shed pounds. It’s MUCH easier to take a dress in than it is to let one out. 

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