Post # 1
Okay, so this might sound weird, but I ordered my dress today, and as excited as I am, I’m actually kind of nervous too. Bridal dress sizing is stressful stuff!
My dress is an Allure, and their size 4 measurements are 33-24.5-36.5. The consultant measured me loosely over my t-shirt and jeans and had measurements of 31-25-37. She then wanted to measure again, a little more fitted, and said I would fit pretty much perfectly into the size 4, getting results of 31-24-36. The size 6 is only an inch off the size 4 measurements at 34-25.5-37.5. HOLY CRAP. Does this stress anyone else out? My wedding is in October and I’ve been the same size since I was about 15, but now KNOWING that I need to be this size is kind of freaking me out. Anyone else worried about a subconscious pig out effect? Are wedding dresses at all forgiving when it comes to an inch or so?
Post # 3
@Saria213: I am in the same boat! I just ordered a dress and I’m a the EXACT measurements of the size I bought (based on an online chart I found) and I’m wondering a. how accurate is that chart b. do I even really know how to measure myself and c. what is my back up plan if it doesn’t fit!?
I think you’re safe, because you ordered it from a salon. They likely know the designers and sizing well. Don’t fret! My understanding is that there is usually 1-2in of extra fabric on each side that can be used for alterations.
Post # 4
Because my hips are a little bigger (by .5 inch) the consultant told me to go up in size, otherwise the measurements were my exact size. She said the size smaller would fit me but advised against it; knowing me, I would freak out about it, eat a ton to relieve stress, then end up needing the size bigger. You should be good though! I don’t think they would say it’s okay to get that size if they were too worried it wouldn’t fit!
Post # 5
This exact situation happened to me. I am the exact measurements of a size in my Watters gown, but it seemed like the consultant who measured me was “lowballing” so I freaked out and went back to the bridal store the next day and asked them to correct the order to a size up.
I would rather be wrong, and have to take it in, than be nervous the whole time and have it be too small!
Post # 6
@Saria213: what style of dress is it? This makes a difference…for example if it’s a mermaid or fit and flare or even a dropped waist, you want to make sure all the measurements are very accurate (so when you sit down you can still breathe). But if it’s an A-line or ballgown, the only measurements that really need to be spot on are the bust and waist (hips won’t matter as much since the dress isn’t really fitted in this area). I would also recommend getting measured in a bra and undies similar to what you’ll be wearing on the wedding day. You shouldn’t be measured with clothes on btw.
My measurements for my waist were in between 2 sizes so I ordered up because while I could probably lose an inch on my ribs if need be, I didn’t want to risk it (you can’t shrink bone lol).
Post # 7
My dress is a fitted to the knee mermaid. They measured me and ordered to fit my largest measurement. They ordered off the chart exactly matching my inch numbers. Three sizes too large in waist to accommodate boobs. but when I tried on the ordered size in a similar fitting gown from the same designer, it was tight in boobs but loose everywhere else. Ill just need alterations. I could stress for 6-8 months over it, or I could put faith in my salon as it is their job to get the right fitting size dress for me (pretty much). Simple as that. I think it will depend on the designer u ordered, and I agree with PP that it will also depend on the shape of the dress.
Post # 8
I’m in the same boat. I was between sizes and on the advice of the store owner, I got the smaller one. My normally-sane mother flipped out, went freaking nuts, called all the stores around to “find out if these dresses run small?? OMG Have you heard of bridal sizing??? You should be ordering UP YOUR DRESS WILL NOT FIT!!” and even called the store where I ordered, to make them set up an appointment to measure me again.
Yeah. I LOST MY SHIT at her. By that time, even the store owner was so genuinely worried (because my mother was such an out of control basketcase) that she asked me to come in again. I went in again, she measured me AGAIN, and we ordered the smaller size – AGAIN!!
Long story short: the salon people should know what they’re doing. Unless they tell you to order a dress 3 sizes too big or small, I think you can trust them 😉
Post # 9
Oh and, when I ordered a bridesmaid dress last fall from a known-to-run-very-small brand, it was easily 3 sizes too big. Seamstress took out four inches at the waist, which supposedly was “exactly” my waist measurement. FOUR! Just saying.
Bridal sizing, man…
Post # 10
I had a very different problem. My measurements are 36-24-35.5. Which put me at a 2-4 in the waist and hips, and an 8 in the bust. I got a size 6 (size chart says 34.5-26.5-37), and it fits in the bust, but I have to corset it almost shut in order for it to fit anywhere else. So my measurements are WAAAY off from my dress size’s measurements.
Is your dress corset-back or zipped? If it’s zipped, it won’t be as forgiving. A corset-back will give several inches, but a zip-back will usually only give an inch or so with altering. But since you’re only an inch or so off, you should be fine. Plus, as many others said, the bridal store people usually know what they’re talking about, so you should be fine.
Post # 11
My dress is a mermaid or fit and flare from Allure (I’m still confused at the differences between mermaid, fit and flare, and trumpet styles… Anyone care to clarify this for me?). The company has the whole “Allure construction”, which is their patented concept where the corset is sewn into the design. When trying on the sample, even being clipped into a size 10 everything did feel quite secure, but it’s a zip-back dress regardless. The bust will have to be altered no matter what, but my waist and hip measurements are spot on with the size I ordered. I didn’t actually try sitting down or anything in the dress so now I’m wondering what that will be like in the size 4, I’m hoping it isn’t too tight! :/
Post # 12
@Saria213: mermaids generally fit tight down all the way to the knee or slightly above. Trumpets flare about mid thigh, and fit n flares can flare out just under the hip to about mid thigh. But these three terms r used interchangeably by not only brides but salons, designers, magazines, seamstresses etc. Really, i think trumpet and fit n flare r the same exact thing, both flaring anywhere from hip to mid thigh with mermaid flaring around the knee. but again, opinions differ.
Post # 13
I really think that you will be safe because they measured you and they do this all the time! The gown also will give a little after a couple hours in it. The good news is that you’re very proportional and I feel for those brides who have one measurement that is way off because then alterations are always needed.
Also I am in the exact same boat right now!! My measurements are 32.5-23-34 and asked them to order me a size 2, but they strongly advised a 0 based on these measurements…. and I said I don’t want a zero because it sounds too small and makes me feel like for the next five months I can’t even gain a pound. In the end they convinced me to order a zero and I’m just trying to trust they are right. They do this everyday, so I think we just need to believe they know best, right!?!
Luckily I have a corset so I doubt it will matter much and that’s why I’m allowing myself to not worry about it….however it was a zip up back, different story.
And actually if anyone ever does find their dress too small, could they not just add a corset? I get that it’s more money for alterations, but if it was last resort? I’m thinking it would work.
Post # 14
I just received my allure gown and I was in between sizes. I’m actually 33-26.5-36. I’m a size 4 in bust and hip but a size 8 in waist. What I did was order a size 6 and it did fit well..except for the bust! I can’t believe an inch off would make that much of a difference. I havent lost/gained any weight since I bought it but now they have to cut the bust area and add cups in there to make my girls fit and to get rid of the gap. Otherwise, I think you’re all fine! I’m actually glad I didn’t listen to the consultant and order the size 8 as that would have required LOTS more alterations.
Also if your dress is corset, I wouldn’t worry too much about an inch difference…even in the waist area. The consultant told me they usually order a size smaller in corsets so that the corset can really do its job of sucking you in.
Hope that helps!
Post # 15
I think consultants usually know what size to order, although I have heard that they sometimes purposely order them too BIG to charge you for alterations… but I’m sure that’s more the exception than the rule.
My measurements, I believe are 34-25-36, my consultant ordered a 0 (from the “modern fit” line) with measurements 32-25-35.5. I realize this is pretty close, but I still had to be cinched in there! Because it’s a corset back, I think I can actually stand to take it in a little bit because I want more of the corset to be visible. Your measurements are pretty much just as off as mine were, so I think you will be just FINE!