(Closed) german bride needs help with US sizes esp. for Nicole Miller dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would definitely follow the Nicole Miller size chart…dress sizes are tricky here, and bridal and bridesmaids gowns tend to be sized smaller than regular clothes (I’ve always wondered WHY they would do that, but they do!)

I have had to order several size 8 dresses for my 34″ – 27.5″ – 37″ measurements. I know my waist size has  been the crucial factor determining the size I had to order — and a 27.5″ requires a 8, so a size 12 might be right for a 31.5″ waist. It’s always MUCH easier to take in the other parts that are too big than try to expand the one that’s too small!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely follow the size chart.  My dress (different brand) was a size 12 and I normally wear size 5/6 in everyday life!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Street size in the USA is much smaller then bridal size. So plan on your wedding dress being around 2-4 sizes larger then what you would normally wear.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That sounds about right. We have very similar measurements, so I can tell you that you would be a size 8 normally here. But bridal sizes usually run two sizes small. When you look online, people usually discuss their street size, not bridal size.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Go with the 12, I have very similar measurements to you, and ordered my Nicole Miller in a 12. I expect t have to alter it, but haven’t begun that process yet. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with everyone else.  Go with the Nicole Miller sizing.  I tried on several Nicole Miller dresses and they seemed to run extremely small.  Even smaller than most wedding dresses.  I normally wear a 2 and I had a hard time zipping up the size 8 sample!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Yeah, I have very similar measurements, and I had to order a 14!  Definitely don’t order something that is smaller than your measurements.  It is way easier to take things in than to let them out.  I would go for the 12 if I were you, or maybe the 10 if you found a really great deal, but definitely not the 8.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You could try http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/ but right now there’s only a 6 and an 8 on that site.  Keep an eye on it though, and a larger size could show up.  I hate to be a downer, but I think you’re going have trouble finding a larger size in that style.  With the way the front is so low cut and the back is just those thin spaghetti straps, I think that someone with a larger chest measurement just wouldn’t get enough support or coverage from a style like this to look flattering.  And if people who wear that size aren’t buying it, then it won’t be showing up on the used dress websites… Sorry 🙁

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m going to say that nicole miller sizing isn’t bridal sizing. My measurements are not similar to yours though – I wish i could help more! If that sale has a return policy, i’d consider it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

You’re getting maried one day before me! I agree with PP that you should follow the measurements on the website. I am not familiar with Nicole Miller specifically but all of the bridal gowns I tried on in the US were 1-3 sizes above my normal size. I curently live in Germany and would suggest that a US street size 8 is about a 38/40 in EU sizing if that helps you at all. One of my BMs wears a 38/40 and I ordered her a size 8 Bridesmaid or Best Man dress but I think she could have also gotten a size 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man dress due to the style. I would suggest trying on similar style dresses before ordering based on measurementts alone and don’t worry about the number, wedding dress sizes are crazy.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was going to say 14, as i am pretty much your size and when i went to try those dresses on i was told to be safe we would have to order 14. Wedding dresses are weird in ther sizing! i was also told that it is not a problem to take in a dress it is harder to take it out! Hope this helps.

 

 

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