Post # 1
Looking for someone’s expertise when it comes to dress sizing, and more specifically Wtoo dress sizing. As I’ve talked about at length on here before, I am currently on a weight loss journey (55 lbs gone!). When I went dress shopping a month and a half ago, I was 10 lbs heavier, and tried on mostly size 12 dresses that were all a touch too small to fully close. The dress I ended up buying, by Wtoo, was in a sample size 10, and fit almost perfectly, it zipped up all the way but was just a touch too tight in the waist, and a touch too large in the boobs lol. I fell in love with the dress because it was the first dress I felt super confident in, and decided to buy it then because it was part of a trunk show and I could receive a discount, but the store and I agreed I could wait to come in until mid february (next friday) to have my measurements taken and actually put in the order.
Okay so here are my issues- my lady who helped me with the dress, sweet as can be, kept telling me to not pay too much attention to the size on the dress I tried on because since it was part of a trunk show, it most likely was altered to fit the body of a model… but like, that doesnt sound right does it? Ive never heard of trunk show dresses being used on a runway, and also, it was a size 10, not a 2 or 4 which I would expect to be a runway size.
Now, 10 lbs later, using the Wtoo size chart it looks like I should order the 12- but I swear the 10 was almost perfect and that was 10 lbs ago. I dont want to order a 12, already possibly to big now, when I potentially will be losing 20 more lbs before alterations- that seems pointless, but also risky not to go with the size chart.
OK and finally- say I go with my gut and get the size 10- will my dress be successfully alter-able if I lose 20 more lbs? Theres no way I would stay sane if I ordered down to a size 8, but I dont want to have a wonky fitting dress either.
Post # 2
My willowby dress (watters brand) was ordered as a size 4 and I’m definitely a 6 in anything else. The lady at the store mentioned they are one of the only brands that fits large, whereas most other bridal brands you have to size up.
Post # 3
I tried on that dress and LOVED it! It looks amazing on you! I am sorry that I don’t have too much advice, but just wanted to tell you that you’re going to be a stunning bride (and you look tiny so weight be damned)!
10 as a model size doesn’t make much sense to me either, but i think if you order the 10 and do lose more weight, it will still be alterable for sure. Maybe talk to a seamstress though!
Post # 4
Order the size you are now. Don’t count on losing more weight just in case you stay where you are. It’s harder to take a dress out than take it in and you don’t want to be stuck without a dress.
Post # 5
I had the Agatha by Wtoo! When I was measured they told me that in the chest I was a size 0 and in the waist I was a size 6. They said I could try to fit into a size 4 but it’d be risky.
I ended up going with the 6 and having the chest altered down a loooot, and the seamstress (seamster? It was a guy haha) did an amazing job.
If it helps, my street size is also a 6!
Post # 6
Listen to the salesperson. They know the dresses better than your memory.
The “models” you’re thinking of aren’t necessarily 6 foot tall runway twigs. The models who normally wear trunk show dresses are usually former pageant queens, models who don’t quite fit the runway measurement requirements or to borrow from Tyra Banks, are the women “too catalog” for runway. They tend to be more coventional sizes as well.
Post # 7
It’s a lot easier to alter the dress smaller, than larger. Order the 12. No one sees the tag.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2017 - The School of the Art Institute Ballroom
My Wtoo dress (the Elise) fits pretty true to size – I wear a 6 in most dresses, and have a 6 in that one. I’ll need to take it in in the waist a HAIR, and it’s a little big in the bust, but that’s about it. That said, it is ALWAYS easier to alter down than go up. And the size of a sample dress can also be skewed because they stretch as different bodies try them on.
Post # 9
That’s my dress too! I measured a 00 and ordered the 0 to be on the safe side. My dress came in and was big on me but I’d rather get alterations to get it to fit true to size than to get a dress too small and be stuck! I have my last alteration appointment next Saturday before my wedding 🙂
Post # 10
thank you for the help everyone! i will have to see if they think I am a 12 based on their measurements. i just can’t imagine i’m doing the smart thing ordering a size larger than a size that fit me almost perfectly 10 lbs ago. i really am trying to do the smart thing and order the size i currently am, im just having a hard time figuring out what that size is!
my concern isnt about the number on the tag at all, my intent on waiting to order my dress until i lost more weight (since i was fortunate to have the time to do so) was to get closer to my end-goal measurements; hopefully avoiding less drastic alterations. i will still need a fair amount of alterations, since i know ive got a good 20lbs ill be able to drop… but by waiting it avoided having to alter for 30lbs of weightloss (and hopefully itll be altering for 20lbs of weight loss). and as someone who at the end of this will be 70+ lbs down, let me promise, i’ll be super proud of whatever number is on there haha, whether thats seen by anyone else or not! sorry, lol but obviously sensitive to being told im worried how a number is perceived, with all my work ive done 🙂
Post # 12
what accessories are you thinking of wearing?
Post # 13
Is it possible that while your weight went down, you muscled up and thus the dress fits more tightly?
Post # 14
A dress can be taken down 2 sizes, order for your current measurements.
Post # 15
i definitely want to wear a veil, and kind of like i have in the picture i am planning on adding thin straps that do an X down the back. i don’t think ill be wearing any jewelry tbh, but possibly something whimsy to put in my hair! i dont know yet 🙂 what are you thinking??
also i think my nails will be a darker/mauve fall color, thats not an accessory but all the same lol