(Closed) Dress Sizing is Scary?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You are completely in the right. Also, what woman does not know about vanity sizing? I was aware well before I ever went gown shopping that the sizes on clothing ordered to size was different than ready-to-wear.

You should find pictures online of bridesmaids in dresses that are too tight to shock some sense into these girls.

Post # 4
1942 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It sounds like you are doing the ordering? If so, just get the measurements and you pick the sizes. Once the girls try them on, it will be fine. If they pitch a fit, cut the tag off.

Post # 5
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have to say, the ordering a size or 2 bigger never applied to me with bridesmaids dresses- or my wedding dress. The first few weddings I was in, I ordered the size the shop told me because I trusted their advice- I was always swimming in the dresses and paid a lot in alterations. So, after a few bad experiences, I decided to go with my gut and stick with my regular dress size and they fit perfectly. I have been in 10 weddings, so trust me I’ve had plenty of experience with this!

My own wedding dress was ordered in a size smaller than I typically wear and it was a perfect fit- other than length. Now, my dress was a corset which can really go up or down a few sizes.

I’ve wondered why the ordering bigger sizes for bridemaid dresses never worked for me and I think it came down to chest size. I really think if you have a bigger chest, you may need to go up sizes, but my chest is small and I think that is the difference!

Post # 6
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@celticbride:  I think it depends on where you’re getting it. A friend got her gown from David’s and sizing was the same as street. I feel like the rule of thumb is you go up 1 size in wedding gown and 2 in Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, but again I’m sure it depends on the designer and the dress.

Post # 7
220 posts
Helper bee

I think celticbride is right about it all being based on chest size- my dress size is 1-2 sizes smaller than my normal size, probably because I have a small chest (and big arms and thick legs, ugh).  On the flip side, my sister is curvier on top, but way smaller in the waist and hips than me, but she’ll need to order a size or two bigger for the bust measurement- and then have the rest taken way, way, in!  

Post # 8
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@caits615:  Only 1 of the bridesmaid dresses I’ve had have been from David’s Bridal- so I don’t think that was the reason. My wedding dress was Maggie Sottero, but I know the corset was the reason I had to order smaller in that case.

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