(Closed) Dress Size? OMG!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My dress was Alfred Angelo, and my dress size was exactly the same size as the jeans I buy from Gap or JCrew, and a size smaller than my normal (Nordstrom) dress size.  There are plenty of manufacturers that make dresses that size true.  Maybe just explain to them at your bridal boutique that you would prefer to support those manufacturers.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Welcome to the wonderful world of wedding dress shopping. The sizing is totally different from street clothing. Just ignore the numbers and pick what makes you look fab.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Don’t worry I wear a size 3 in pants I have a b cup and my dress was a size 10!! I think it is just the way dresses are made and all the undergarments that go beneth the dresses that add to our bodies. Don’t worry if it becomes to big they will alter it to fit perfectly. If I were to go with a smaller dress size it would have not been comfortable. Good luck and don’t worry it has happened to all of us!!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I totally know how you feel. I was so bummed trying on dresses. I found that Mori Lee was closest to my actual size. Thats what I went with, it’s affordable and I love it.

Post # 7
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Newbee

A lot of bridal gown designers use European sizing.  I chose a Nicole Miller gown and it was actually fairly true to my street size, but I wouldn’t let the tag defer you from your dream dress.  No one knows what it says but you, and even then, it doesn’t matter.  Just remind yourself that wedding dresses are sized smaller and focus on how crazy beautiful you feel!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The major problem is that you have to pick a size that is going to fit the largest part of you and alter from there. For me it was my chest so I usually wear size 4 pants and ordered a size 14. Dress companies should think about how stupid it is. Oh well this is part of the reason I don’t buy dresses often because of the bad proportions on things.

Post # 9
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I know it is hard, but try to not even think about the number of the sizes you are trying on!  So long as the dress fits and looks lovely on you, the size on the tag does not matter!  Nobody at the wedding will even know if the dress is sized larger than what you usually wear!  🙂

Post # 10
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193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i’ve also heard that a lot of our clothes fall under the whole "vanity sizing" thing are that wedding dresses are actually more "true." but who knows?  just forget about the numbers and choose one that makes you feel fabulous!

Post # 11
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am a street size 0/2 (depending on where I’m buying from) but the consultant at the store where I purchased my Paloma Blanca gown recommended that I order a size 8.  SIZE 8!!

I know it’s complete vain to care about what size the dress is labelled as, but come on, people!  That’s 3-4 sizes larger than my regular size!  (I wish I could say I had to order a size 8 b/c of my chest size or something like that, but no such luck for me in that department)

After I put in the order for my dress, my Fiance picked me up from the store.  He kept asking me what was wrong.  He thought that something really bad happened.  Apparently I looked absolutely devastated.

I am still completely baffled at how wedding dresses are sized. So heathaah, don’t despair, you aren’t the only bitter and insecure one out there.   🙂

Post # 12
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127 posts
Blushing bee

i’m a size 10 and i had to order a 16!! i was sad initially as well, but you just have to think that it’s just a number. cut the tag out, i say!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

It’s definitely bizarre.  I wear a size 10-12 jeans, and ended up ordering my Jasmine gown in a size 10, and then had to have it altered to a size 8!!!  But with other dresses I was trying on, I would have had to order a size 14 or 16. 

It’s weird how as women we are so hung up on numbers, but it’s definitely true.  I was more "attracted" to the Jasmine dress that was a smaller size than the other dresses that would need to be in a larger size.  Why? Who knows… it was definitely all in my head, but at least in my head I was happy with my final decision!

Post # 14
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah, I wish women’s sizing was like men’s, based strictly on inches and measurements.

Post # 15
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193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i’m a size 10-12 in street clothes, so i tried on quite a few 14s and 16s when gown shopping. at one salon, a consultant tried to squeeze me into a SIZE 6 MERMAID GOWN.  hahaha it was so bad. i was so sweaty and pissed.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Don’t let the size get you down!  We’ve *all* been there.  I’m normally a 12, and I had to order a 18 (Casablanca) because nothing smaller would fit in the chest. I was so disappointed, but then remembered that I was getting my dream dress and after it was altered, it would look great–no matter what the number on the tag said.

You’ll look awesome in your dress and no one but you and your seamstress will know the size. 🙂

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