(Closed) Dress sizes? Sample size? Street size?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

the sizing for bridal dresses vary by designer, so you’ll just have to see what works.  to start, go one size up from the street size and go from there.



Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I agree with MissM, but keep in mind that when you order your dress, you definitely would want some slack to take in…it’s usually easier to make a bigger dress smaller than it is to have a smaller dress let out.  Have fun!

Post # 5
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It really does depend on the designer. But since Vows is a "take it as it is" kind of place, if you decide to buy there, you won’t have to worry about the correct size to order. 

I am probably about 1 size smaller than you and none of the dresses I tried on were too small there. I looked horrid in some of them, but they all fit. You’re lucky because you’re in the perfect range to try on sample sizes. You should honestly be able to try on 95% of the dress at Vows. 

Post # 6
1929 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

normally you get a wedding dress made for your biggest part – hips, boobs, waist – so if your hips are a 10 but your waist is a 6, try on 10s and they will alter the rest….and yes wedding dresses are 1-2 sized bigger than street size, but Vows can certainly guide you to the right size….

Post # 7
173 posts
Blushing bee

The sizing definitely depends on designer, but if you’re going with A-line and you’re relatively small up top (as in, no larger than a C-cup), you can probably start off by trying on your standard street size. Since most gowns can be let out, I’d try gowns ranging from your street size to 2 sizes up.

Personally, my wedding dress (Mon Cheri) was exactly my street size, and I actually had to have it taken in a little in the waist.

Post # 9
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

When I went to try on dresses I couldn’t believe how little the sizes on the samples actually mattered.  I’m a petty solid size 8 and I tried on dresses ranging in size from 8-14. Some of the 14’s didn’t fit and some of the 8’s were too big. It’s definitly more about the fit than the size.

 Good luck, trying on dresses is fun!

Post # 10
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

Like Tanya2s – My dress shopping experience seemed similar to my street clothes size. I’d heard that they were sized differently at bridal shops, but that wasn’t what  – but I think that’s just the sample sizes. Some will fit, others won’t. Some will be way too big and others will be too small to zip… don’t let it discourage you. They will order the dress for you in the size you need.

Good luck! 

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I totally agree with Kimbeerlee in that it’s more about the fit than the number.  I’m a 14 and my Sophia Tolli dress is a size 12.  I had always heard that wedding dresses are typically 1 to 2 sizes larger than your regular size but that wasn’t the case with my dress.

Post # 12
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

OMG if you are smaller than your street size you are lucky. I am a 4 and I ordered a 14 yes 14 in my wedding dress. Mostly because of the twins. It totally depends on the cut of your dress and how it fits. My cousin got a mermaid style and because she has hips she had a larger size it all depends. I would also guess that the lace up corset back also makes for different sizes. The people in the shop should be able to guide you to what you will be able to try on.

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

it’s a lot more than one size difference.  most of my clothes are around size 2, but I fit size 8 wedding gowns so I would expect a much bigger difference.  I’m sure the employees will be able help guide you to a reasonable size for the first dress you try on, and you can adjust from there.

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