(Closed) Has anyone lost too much weight to fit into their dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

One of my best friends did! She got so busy with wedding planning she was skipping meals just because she was busy and she lost quite a bit of weight. She actually had her dress made by one of her bridesmaids who is a fashion design major. So about a mont out they tried it on and it was definitely loose, which isn’t good for a strapless dress. Her friend said she didn’t have time to take the whole thing in, so she just needed to gain back some weight. The next day she brought her a giant batch of brownies. I don’t think she did anything specifically, just tried to make more of an efffort to eat a lot and get more calories in and quit skipping meals. She ended up gaining back the few pounds she needed to fit in the dress by wedding day. 

If you need to gain some weight back or just stop losing more weight, I’d just up your calorie intake. Start with just upping it by a couple hundred calories and see what happens and then you can up it some more if you need to. Great calorie dense snacks are nuts – cashews, pistachios, peanut butter, etc. Or cheese, you can get your calcium!

Post # 3
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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SeaOfLove:  They can adjust your dress. I believe going down two sizes is no big deal. I lost 20 pounds after ordering my dress and they had to take it in about 2 1/2 inches and did so with no problems… it just cost $250! ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 4
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

May I suggest drinking more wine?  LOL – I’m sort of joking, sort of not.  Unfortunately I like wine a little too much, and I find that it’s my biggest diet sabotoger.  

Post # 5
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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SeaOfLove:  I think the dress can be taken in fairly easily.

You mentioned it was 1-2 sizes too small – have you tried it on since you lost weight? Is it already too loose?

Post # 6
3583 posts
Sugar bee


SeaOfLove:  I lost alot of weight over 15 pounds before my wedding and alot of inches as well. They had to bring my dress down by 2 sizes which luckily they were able to do! My dress was also a corset back so I was able to tie it a bit tighter if I lost more weight before the wedding. Good job on the losing weight!!!! It’s a great feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1346 posts
Bumble bee

I lost a lot of weight before my wedding just from all the stress and insomnia.  I had custom ordered my dress to fit my measurements and when it first came in (3.5 months from wedding date) it fit me perfectly.  But when I went to try it on around 1.5 months before the wedding, it was almost 2 dress sizes too big for me.  It cost me more $$$ to get the dress altered down and a stern lecture from the shop owner that I cannot lose anymore weight due to the lack of time left, but in the end they were able to get my gown to fit me perfectly.

Post # 9
6386 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I did and ended up having to buy another dress, so I’m probably not much help lol.

Post # 10
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Same here! My dress had perfect fit when I first got them 2 months ago. Now I have extra inch from bust to hip. I am happy than I am more fit but I have to spend extra $$$ on alteration.

Post # 11
1703 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m actually terrified about this! My dress was probably ordered a size or two too big (the based a ballgown’s measurements around my hips for some reason, which are a size or two larger than my waist/bust), it was already too large when it came in, and my fiance and I have changed to healthier eating habits and I’ve lost 20 lbs since January and I don’t go in to alterations until August! 

Post # 12
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My wedding is in 7 weeks, and I’ve lost about 20-25lb since January. My dress was perfect when I bought it, and I just tried it on the other night – it’s now big in the upper area, but I am wearing strapless ballgown so that is the only area I’m very worried about. I have my first dress fitting tonight, so I am hoping she can work her magic. I have about 15lb to go til the wedding! Thinking of adding a corset back actually.

Post # 13
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

i lost weight and had to have my dress taken in on the sides of the bodice. luckily the skirt is not fitted. but my tailor told me to STOP LOSING WEIGHT lol and I’ve been eating a bit naughty in the last few weeks bc I don’t want it to fall off


ETA I’ve lost 17 pounds since I bought the dress last year (and I bought the size that fit then). 

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Post # 14
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

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SeaOfLove:  I lost 40 pounds after buying my dress and it did need alterations but I found a great local shop who did it for 100 dollars. You’d be amazed at how much some dresses can be taKen in. 

Post # 15
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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SeaOfLove:  I’m going through something similar. I posted about this last week. Bascially, I went from weighing around 125 in November and now I’m 110 and I’m 5’6. I’m completely aware this is underweight and I’ve been trying to add more calories into my diet but now my dress is too big. I’m going to have to have it taken in pretty much everywhere. I’m going for the first alteration appointment in two weeks. I’ll update if you’re interested.

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