(Closed) Has anyone had to diet to fit into a dress they had already bought?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hey! Well I think it is possible. An inch isn’t that much around the upper back–that’s your back and you’re chest you’re looking at. And the chest is where women lose it the most it seems, lol.

I don’t know how to tactfully ask this….but an inch can be a little or a lot depending on your size already. Are you in a healthy weight range or do you think you have the weight to lose? 3+ months is plenty and some toning and cardio would certainly help. And i hate to say it, but if you’re overweight, you have a better chance of losing the inch successfully than if you’re closer to an ideal weight unless you carry weight on your back.

Could it be let out by an inch? It really doesn’t seem like too much! If not, you could have a panel added and then a pretty bow or embellishment added to cover it up.

Post # 4
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Yeah, everything ejs said is RIGHT ON. It could be really really hard to lose that inch if you’re already a size 2!

Have you considered other alternatives, like making the back into a corset, adding a panel under the arms or getting spanx and a long line bra to remedy the situation as much as possible.

Post # 5
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I tried! I bought a lovely vintage dress that was too small in the back/ribcage area. 10lbs down and still no hope in hell it’s going to ever zip up on my frame!

I went out two weeks ago and bought a dress that fits the size I am now.

Post # 6
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

Me! I bought my dress Dec 2008 for a May 2010 wedding. Then in the six months following I put on 10 pounds. Oops. And I still haven’t lost it all. I tried on my dress and it zips, but it really tight. I think if I need to I can let it out a little bit.

But I’ve been running a lot and lost 5 pounds, but toned up a lot. I also have two Jillian Michael’s DVDs (Shred and NO More Trouble Zones) that I am mixing in with running to tone up even more. I am eating mostly healthy, despite the holidays, but severely limiting calories or anything.

It really takes motivation, time and committment. It’s tough to make myself go run, but I always feel good immediately. Maybe join a gym if you don’t already belong, and get a gym buddy (even a long distance one) to motivate you to keep it up.

And my hardest lesson is not to let one small setback turn into a bigger one. IE, sneaking one cookie does not mean the day is a failure and I can then eat the entire bag. One cookie is just one cookie, let it go and move forward. It took a lot for me to really internalize that, and not let it get me down.

Post # 9
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

It sounds like you might be able to do it. I totally recommend more cardio than twice a week though; like four times might help you double the calorie burn. Good luck!! I hope you get to wear it!

Post # 11
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m familiar with english sizing, and I think you’re in a better position.  if you were an 8 or 10 I’d say it might be hard! At 36D You’ll loose some “boob” and that should help with that 1″ as well.

Best of luck! Lots of cardio for you! Also, Hot Yoga… Good stuff.

Post # 12
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just bought a dress about a size to small… I’m a size 6-8, so I just need to lose about ten pounds and I’ll be able to fit, I’ve lost 1-2 so far and just started dieting a week and a half ago.

I agree with ejs,if you’re already tiny it might be hard.

But I have a trick for you! When I bought my wedding dress, the bridal consultant was persistent on getting the thing to zip all the way up haha. She was able to, but it was corset tight (I can’t even wear a bra under it!!). So it gave me a pinched back, but she did this little trick with smoothed out my back, and even though the dress was still tight, it looked great.

Stand up, and put your arms out in front of you with your head slightly down. Have someone behind you start in the middle of the back pinch and smooth it out. Next thing I knew, my back was smooth!

Post # 13
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did the same. bought a dress and it needs to be altered however, when i bought it home from the bridal shop it wouldnt go up the last 5cms… im nearly there.. Even tho the neckline is going to be altered anyway.

Good luck!

Post # 14
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did, and I just recently got it to zip! just simple life style changes and i lost some back fat.

Post # 15
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My wedding is in about 45 days. My dress fits but not quite how I want it too.  I have a little pooch and I want my arms thinner.  I have lost 4.5 pounds since January and would like to lose another 5.   It’s very hard as I am a size 3-4.  I have been strength training 3 times a week, yoga twice a week, and dance once a week.  I am also limiting my carbs and that really helps you lose weight.  The Protal diet really works.  My Maid/Matron of Honor lost 22 pounds, her mom lost 18 pounds, and I lost 4.5 pounds in 3 weeks.   Just google Protal diet.  They have all the info you need online, you don’t need to buy or subscribe to anything.  It’s not like the Atkins at all it focuses on eating healthy- lean proteins and lots of veggies.

Keep up the good work and congrats on the 6 pounds already lost!

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