(Closed) Help! What dress size should I get?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would order the dress to fit the largest measurement–ie, your waist. Everything else can be taken in, but it’s harder to let things out.

Post # 4
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’d go for the 8.

The waist measurement spot is weird.  I took my own measurements and had at least an inch, if not more, difference at the salon.  

re: alterations – I heard the same thing, but the reality is there are ways to take out certain dresses and it be much easier than to bring it in (that ended up being the case with mine).


Post # 5
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hi, welcome to Weddingbee! I would go with the 10 (unless you already tried on that dress in an 8 and it fit well). It is easier to take a dress in than out.

Post # 6
11068 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ditto JennyW1. When I had my dress ordered two weeks ago I was a Uk size 10 at top, 12 waist and 14 bottom and the store owner said they’ll order a 14 as it’s easier to take in than it is to take out.

Post # 7
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would show the actual dress (or a really good photo) to your chosen seamstress and take her advice. Whether or not it’s easy to let out the waist depends on the details of the dress. If there’s a lot of beading, tricky ruching, pleating, etc. around the waist, it could be a problem, but if the dress is relatively streamlined it could actually be cheaper to let it out slightly than to take it in dramatically in other places.

Does the dress offer the option of a corset? If so, would you consider it? That could also give you the wiggle room you need.

Post # 8
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

What size did you actually try on.  Did you try on the 10 or the 8??

Post # 10
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Order down.  THis happen to me, I ordered up and then I lost 5 pounds and the bigger size was way to big for me anyways.  Now I have the bigger size when the smaller would fit perfect.  I will have to find a seamstress now.

Post # 11
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d go for the 8… especially if the seamstress said so. It would probably be similar pricing because if you have to take in a dress too much it can cost more as well. If letting the dress out is easier, chances are that that would be the cheaper option. You can always ask the seamstress for a price quote for both too, though?

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