(Closed) Dress size: how much bigger did you order?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I don’t know how Allure runs sizing wise, but I am a street size 4 or 6 (I’m losing weight, so I’m in between), which equated to a Pronovias size 10. My consultant said that my dress can still be altered up to three sizes, but really shouldn’t have to be altered by any more than one as I don’t want to lose too much weight. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Cuvier Park/ La Jolla, CA

Don ‘t Believe Them!!

I wouldn’t believe the bridal shop. They make a ton of money on alterations.  Research it on your own.  Call another shop and don’t tell them what the first shop said.  Or- call the manufacturer.  Who are they?  I was able the find the unpublished manufacturer’s phone for mine.

who makes your dress ?

(my dress was a corset back- it closed  perfectly, but the shop tried to convince me that they needed to take it in more so that the corset ribbons show.  it fit me perfectly- bought the sample, for my dress was discontinued.  They still attempted to squeeze money out by preying on bride’s anxiety. 

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Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I would go back to the store and talk with an alterations specialist to see what your options are.  I’ve seen people alter dresses 3 sizes too large before, but they were usually more simple styles without a lot of embellishment.  Depending on the alterations needed, you may find that it would take just as long to alter the bigger dress as to wait for the correct size dress.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

If you have the option to order it closer to your size, do it. I paid a ton in alterations altering my size 10 gown down to size 6 (based on the Allure bridals size chart as I’m normally size 2/4 in dresses). Sure the alterations were great and you couldn’t tell but they were really expensive. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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caliute:  Have you tried on an Allure gown to see how you fit in an 8? I am a size 4 in street clothes, but my Casablanca gown is a size 8. Wedding dresses tend to run pretty small vs. street sizes. I would go try a few things on and see what is most comfortable for you! 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook

Allure seems to run even smaller than other brands.  I’m a street size 20.  In Maggie Sottero I was a 26, at David’s Bridal I was a 22, and in Allure I was a 30 (!!!).  It doesn’t matter so much what your dress size is, just what your bust, waist and hip measurements are.  Order according to your largest measurement.

Also, if the dress has a corset back, those are much more flexible with sizing. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada

Well I am a street size 4-6 and my dress was ordered in a 12… mostly to fit my butt. It’s a mermaid. The top like HANGS off me… whereas the 12 is actually tight in the hips. Lol. The store assured me it wouldn’t be an issue to make it fit me. Hopefully I don’t get stuck with a huge alterations bill but to be honest I was expecting hefty alterations anyway because pretty much no item of clothing fits me properly in the first place – extreme pear shape.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i wear anywhere from a 0 to a 4 (depending on material/brand). i ordered my allure dress in a 2 and aside from having to have it shortened, it fit perfectly. i didn’t have to have it taken in or let out anywhere.

i would definitely try to get it closer to the size you need to minimize the amount of work needed to shrink it down.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I second what others have said about trying it on my dress was not allure but within the same week i bought a dress for a friends wedding size 5 went in for my dress and they sized me and ordered a 14!!!!  But I’ve tried it on since now that its in and it fits big but, I wouldn’t call it swimming in it as you would expect from the size diffetence

Unless the size 2 is an allure size chart measurement then never mind all that, I would still 2nd others by saying allure isn’t an uncommon name even if they dont carry your specific dress in another shop as long as they are an authorized supplier then they should be able to order your dress in your size for you

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

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michy604:  I’m in the same exact boat. Street size 4/6 but with mermaid dresses my bridal size is a 10 or 12! Meanwhile the top half of me is swimming in dresses… Damn you hips.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m a street size 14 and I tried a size 14 dress with a corset but by my measurements they should order an 18 but since it’s a corset we went with a 16. It just depends on style and designer

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada

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GirlyGirl24:  Haha I know right. Don’t worry, our hips will make those dresses look awesome! Va va voom

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant

I bought an allure dress and I’m a street size 4 and the dress salon said I was almost exactly a size 6 in bridal so thats what they ordered me. It’s tight to were I can’t sit down so they will need to let it out in the hips a bit. I would say order it close to your body size especially if your not going to be gaining a lot of weight. My dress was a fit and flare by the way.

Post # 15
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Newbee

See if you can try on a similar dress by that designer to see how it fits. I was lucky that I am a size bigger in my dress than I am in my street clothes. It also helps that it has a lace up back. My wedding is in Wisconsin (where I am from) and 4 of my 5 bridesmaids live there. So my one bridesmaid that lives near me (in Los Angeles), we went to a bridal salon that carries the dress. Unfortuantely they didn’t have that dress in her size. She was able to try on a dress in her size so we could be sure to order the right size for her. Since she is inbetween sizes she will be able to get it altered and hopefully won’t cost her too much.

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