(Closed) Dress Size Shock

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m a street size zero, my gown is a 8 – though it will have to be altered way down, especially in the bust, but I’m really longwaisted – like super tall just in the waist, and the 8 gave me more material to play with. I’m glad I knew about the sizes on here before I went shopping or it would have been a huge surprise!

Post # 18
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a street size 4/6 depending and my dress is a size 12. Kinda sucks and is a shock at first but as a PP stated, it’s just numbers 🙂

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It might also depend where you buy? I was never shocked by the sizes. I’ve gained 10 lbs since last August when I first tried on wedding dresses and I was being put in size 8s then, and now I tried on 10s. Needless to say, it’s very close to my actual street size because my hips/butt are big compared to my chest/waist. 

Post # 20
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1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was completely shocked by the size of my dress, I normally wear 6-8 depending on the cut, my dress is a size 14! I know it will need to be altered down, but it was still surprising. But i keep reminding myself its just a number

 

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Bunny_the_Bride:  this made me laugh.  i am curvy, muscular, and petite.  i feel little most of the time but i have run across women who i think that if i hugged, i would break them in half.  i guess those are the ones, wearing size 2 wedding dresses.

one of the local weather weatherwoman spoke at my company a few years ago.  she mentioned she was doing a triathlon. since i am a triathlete, i went up to speak to her after.  i couldn’t believe how little she was, there was almost nothing to her and she was shorter than me (not possible…).  she is one of the people i would probably break. i guess the camera really does add 10 lbs.

but as other posters said, not all dresses are the same.  i only mentioned 2 places where i tried on dresses.  another dress place i went to, the dress i was measured for was my street size.

Post # 22
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hah, yeah, it was a surprise to me when getting fitted for an Amsale Bridesmaid or Best Man dress a few years ago…so once I was wedding dress shopping, it was NBD.  I do think size charts/size recommendations are designed to give you more fabric rather than less to work with, though.  I wouldn’t want to buy a dress that *just* fit and then have trouble with alterations.

Post # 23
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8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wear an 8 and my wedding dress is a 14 : /

Post # 24
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3967 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You have to remember, too, sizing has changed over the years. in vintage 1950s dress, modern size 2 me wears a 12-14. It’s called vanity sizing and it’s an epidemic. 

Post # 25
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m a 2 and had to buy a size 10, so I think it’s pretty normal

Post # 26
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556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m a street size 4-6 and had to order a 10 to accommodate the girls. Then had it altered down thru the waist and hips to probably a size 6 dress. I just think now I have the perfect ” 10″ dress!

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@ajillity81:  I’m almost the same as you- 0/2 in clothing but I had a size 6 ordered. They really should have ordered a 4- they had to take in a lot of fabric all the way down the dress…it was all lace and ended up costing over $600 in alterations. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

my dress was actually true to street size and i was surprised. it was an essence of australia so i don’t know if all their dresses are like that or just certain styles. the bridal shop i went to had a lot of samples in size 12 and 14 so only some were too small (i was a 12/14 street size). it’s annoying that designers don’t make them the same as street size. wth!

Post # 29
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700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s just numbers! I am a street size 10/12 and my dress was a 16.

Post # 30
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am anywhere between an 8-10 street size, and they ordered my gown in a 20!!!!  Albiet it’s massive on me, I was still in shock… a 20… def jump started a vigerous diet and exersize routine!

Like PP’s have stated, it’s only a number.  All that matters is you love how your dress looks on you!

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i think it may depend on the designer.  i wear a 12/14 street size (8/10 on top…hopelessly pear-shaped here), and i measured right between a 12 and a 14 on the bottom and a 10 on top.  i ordered the 14 and it’ll have to be taken in because i already weigh close 20lb less than i did when i ordered the dress…but it was going to have to be taken in on top anyway.  :

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