(Closed) Dress too small in hips? What can I do?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What should I do?
    Go back to store and ask for a full refund, on account of them ordering the wrong size. : (7 votes)
    35 %
    Lose a few pounds to fit into the smaller size dress. : (12 votes)
    60 %
    Nothing. Stuck with the dress because it was a final sale. : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    *edit* sorry I misread…

    I saw that you’ve had a bad experience with the salon in general. I’m sorry to hear that. I promise the dress looks great on you but in my experience if something makes you feel uncomfortable you’re not going to feel good or want to wear it. Do you think they would actually take it back? If they would there’s nothing wrong with trying!

    Post # 4
    1087 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Is that a corset back? Does it help loosening the corset if it is? If not, I would call the shop and see my options.

    Post # 5
    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    although i think you look wonderful, call them to talk about your concerns and take all the info with you and see what can be done but i doubt you will get a full refund.  they might offer to order a bigger size in

    Post # 6
    580 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think you look freaking hot! In the end through, it’s your wedding and it’s about what you feel comfortable in, so I’d take it back and tell them they’ve given you the wrong size.

    Post # 7
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It looks like a perfect fit to me! Seriously, I don’t see what the problem is!

    Post # 8
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i see the difference,  was the sample a size 10?  however, the 2nd pic doesn’t look terrible.  you have a lovely figure but if you are not comfortable in your dress, you may want to approach them on the fact that this is not correct. 

    based on your experience at this salon, i would first ask them what size dress they would order for you with these measurements.  if they say a 10, then you can respond by saying ‘they’ ordered you the wrong size.  have them admit their error first.  speak directly with the manager/owner. 

    if you don’t want to deal with them anymore, is there another location that would exchange this dress for a 10?

    Post # 9
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think the second picture looks amazing and curvy in all of the right places. BUT I have almost your exact same measurements (waist and hips) and I remember not being able to sit down in dresses that snug.


    I’d go to the store and explain what happened, and have them pay for the alterations it will take to give you an extra two inches in the hips.  The top is a corset style, so you should be able to adjust it fairly easily.  

    To answer your question, yes, you have a case to present to them, and they were in the wrong.  If they refuse to fix it, rock your curves and give them bad reviews anywhere you can.

    Post # 10
    3692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think your dress looks great on you, even better than the sample one.

    Post # 11
    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Your dress looks good on you but can you sit down comfortably in it?  Definitely go back and politely state your case.  You do have reason to do so.  They should pay for the alterations or order you another dress to make things right.  If that doesn’t work, I’d try getting an attorney to write a letter for you with your requests/demands.  I don’t know if it would be worth it to you to take them to court but a letter from an attorney might motivate them.  Another option is to sell your unworn size 8 dress for what you can and order the size 10 dress from another salon.  You may lose a few bucks in the end but it would be worth it to be comfortable.  

    Post # 12
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @bells219:  agree! 

    I second that the dress looks fabulous on you, but if you won’t be comfortable you need to go back to the storee and nicely explain it to them. They should be understanding… it is their mistake after all and hopefully they’ll fix it— good luck!!

    Post # 13
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think you look fabulous in the second photo, but if you are not comfortable and that is not how you want to look on your wedding day, definitely go back to the salon and tell them your concerns. They ordered the wrong size, it is their fault. They should be able to order you a new dress in the proper size, or if there isn’t enough time, at least take care of the alteration cost for you.

    Good luck! Sorry you have to go through this 🙁

    Post # 14
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Like others said, I would go back to the store and point out THEIR error – not yours.  You didn’t ask them to order the smaller size, you went with what they, the professionals, recommended and now you’re in a situation where the dress doesn’t fit the way you want.  If they won’t do anything about it, I would file a complaint with the Canadian version of the Better Business Bureau and take your dress to a seamstress who should be able to let a little bit to make it fit.  

    I had to have my dress let out a bit through the rib cage (my size fit perfectly when it came in but it was white and I wanted ivory; the ivory was then too tight through the rib cage – I don’t have any extra skin around my ribs so it wasn’t an issue of gaining weight and then losing it!)  Anway, I had to have mine taken out an inch and a half and my seamstress said that nearly all dresses are made with an additional two inches of fabric, sometimes more, so they can be taken out a bit if necessary.  Hopefully this is an option for you.

    I agree with others that you look fantastic in your dress but I understand you wanting to be comfortable.  I am a very similar build to you but I wouldn’t be comfortable with it that tight either.  Good luck getting it sorted! 

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