(Closed) How big is too big? (Dress size)

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
931 posts
Busy bee

Usually a street size 4 would be a bridal 6 or 8 depending on designers. What I would do is always look up who made their dress and the bridal size chart. Usually the more couture designe the bigger the gap in the bridal size/real size. Designers like lazaro/vera wang you would need a 10/12 where as maggie Sottero you might need a 6/8. Does that make sense??? Also look at what alterations were done. More intense beading and the harder it would be to alter. Also corset backs give some lewat. Usually dresses can be taken in about 2 sizes and let out 1 size. If it gets to complicated you might just end up paying more than you would have new. 

When buying  online clarify hallow to hem/dress lenght and ask specifically about any alterations. Also good sellers will skype or send specific pictures of the dress to you, so you know they have it. If someone isn’t that nice with correspondence I personally wouldn’t buy from them. 

Im a size 8/10 in real life and have a size 10 Wtoo is that is just a little tight.

here are some bridal charts you can take a look at:



There are just examples but you can find all sorts of bridal size charts out there. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  Mrs.Z..
Post # 3
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada

Hey – I am not sure what’s possible with alterations but I was told once that taking in 4 sizes was usually the max… but could be different for different kinds of dresses (corset vs zipper, vs fitted bodice etc – different shapes). Maybe go to an alterations place in your area and ask them what is possible perhaps?

Also not sure if you have tried on dresses yet but bridal sizes are really different from regular sizes. I am usually a size 4-6 street size too and I ended up with a size 12 wedding dress. Haha. So, keep that in mind and make sure to read the actual measurements too as each designer has their own size chart.

Good luck shopping!!

Post # 4
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m a street size 4/6 and my Vera is an unaltered 8. Generally dresses can be taken in as much as you like (taking out is a different story) but generally the more it’s taken in, the more it will cost. It also depends on the style of dress: mermaids and sheath dresses are harder to fit than say, a high-waisted ballgown. And as PP have said, a lot of details like beading, shoulder trims, cutouts, back details will add to the cost. It might be best to post a few pictures of the dress here for better advice 🙂

Best of luck with your shopping!

Post # 5
2272 posts
Buzzing bee


You can usually take in a dress 3-4 sizes just really depends on the dress and how fitted it is, the material, how labor intensive it would be. I work in a boutique with a bridal seamstress and she has done some crazy alterations she says the same thing usuall anything beyond four sizes and you risk warping the dress. 

Post # 8
69 posts
Worker bee

Chaitea:  I’m selling my dress is a size 8 of wedding dress at the time I was a size 4 (wedding dresses run small) is a beautiful dress let me know if you are interested

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