(Closed) How do I get over my dress size?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Here is another way to think about it…

It is a whole other scale… similar BUT NOT EQUAL to one you are used to… (although you can certainly compare the twol… but why).

As each are unique in their own right…

I woke up today and it is 32 Degrees here…

Is that 32 F (chilly and possibity of snow)… or 32 C warm (hot and beach weather) ??

My next door neighbour wears size 13 shoes and she loves them… I’ve seen them and they are truly dainty… does she have big feet, or is she a 10 year old girl with her first pair of fancy shoes with a slight heel ? (children’s sizing)

In the end they are just numbers… and don’t really mean a lot.

What matters is how each person feels in the situation they are in.

And so it goes with your Wedding Dress… it no doubt makes you look gorgeous, so that is what you should concentrate on (and certainly all that your Hubby-2-B will be thinking as you head down the aisle towards him)

Hope this helps,

PS… It is 32 F (0 C) here today, and we are getting a picture post-card pre-Christmas snowfall.  Lol, but in no time I’ll be on my Honeymoon in the Caribbean and it will be 32 C and gorgeous at the beach.  And I cannot wait.

Laughing *BIG Smiley Face*


Post # 18
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wedding dress sizes are rediculusly small, you really shouldnt worry about it ;p

Post # 19
8470 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a 4, sometimes a 6.. My dress was a 10.. They go by hips.. And I swear it was taken in so much it was probably like an 8..

You’re thin, don’t worry, you are being ridiculous about it!

Post # 20
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I am a 12 and ordered an 18. The first time I got married, I was a 16 and ordered a 22. It’s not a reflection on you. It’s just a guideline to tell the manufacturer how to cut the fabric. The scales are somewhat arbitrary and change designer to designer, and they are much closer to designer sizes that ready-to-wear sizing, which is what you are used to. It’s just a number. It’s not you. Plus, once it’s been altered, it won’t be a 12 anyway.

ETA, in a wedding dress, the likes of Marilyn Monroe would be a 14. She wore 12s and 14s in the 60s when ready-to-wear sizing and designer sizing were more in-line with each other. No one thought she was fat. She’s be a 4 or 6 today in ready-to-wear. It’s all relative and none of it matters. It’s just a guide to help you find clothing.

Post # 21
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I get that feeling, but seriously don’t worry about it.  I went shopping recently and in one store I bought items in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 10.  All in the same store.  I’m normally a 2-4, so putting on that 10 burned a little.  To get over it instead of thinking about it in terms of me and my body, I just think of how stupid sizing is.

Post # 22
4438 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@coolbride125:  No one is going to be looking at the number on the tag on your wedding day!  Why let it bother you?!

Post # 23
8037 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@coolbride125:  Wedding dresses run a LOT smaller. Why would you think of yourself as the size of a garment that you’re wearing for a few hours vs. the average size you wear every single day?

Sizes mean crap all anyway these days. In some stores I’m a 6. In others I’m an 8. In others I’m a 10. I usually buy medium for tops but some places I’m small and some I’m large. It’s just ridiculous. If you’re happy w. your size in the mirror then corny as it sounds, that’s what matters.

Sizes have also been changing over the past few years to reflect people wanting to have that smaller number. It doesn’t mean anything.


Marilyn Monroe was a size 14 in the 50s… which would be a size 8 in today’s clothing.

Post # 24
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

Depends on the designer.  I swear some designers want us to go crazy so they label their dresses a size 12 that are really a size 4 street size.  But they also go by where you measure the biggest too.  For my my hips and thighs are my bigger area so while my bust and especially my waist measure me a size 6 in wedding dresses my hips measure me between a size 10-12.  I bought the sample in a size 10 and am just working extremely hard at toning up my one problem area.

If you are a size 4 I will definitely trade you bodies lol.  I’d kill to be a size 4 again.  Like PP said cut out the tag and forget about what it says, a number on a tag, on the scale, or whatever does not define who you are.  It’s just a number.

Post # 25
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s just one of those things. Like American and British sizes. I’m a British Size 10 but a American Size 4-6 which is not real. Or in the case of my dress, a Dutch 34 (which is a UK 8) but a Spanish 38 (Size 10). Your dress is probably European.

Don’t stress. As the girls say, it’s just a number!

Post # 26
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Its not the size its the fit- and really who will ever know what size your dress was–

Post # 27
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You just do.  With vanity sizing I can be anything from a size 4 to a size 12.  I’m still the same ole Columbo regardless. Do not worry about it, it’s just a number! Laughing

Post # 28
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I wear a size 6/S in regular dresses. My wedding dress is a 14. Don’t feel too bad.

Post # 29
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i work for a bridal gown designer….

Stores like to tell brides gowns are sized in “European” sizes, which is a myth. In reality, bridal gown patterns are made with “traditional” sizing that hasn’t changed since the 1950’s. if any of you sew, you know what I’m talking about. Pattern sizes are wonky! Bridal sizing simply has not caught up to modern ready to wear vanity sizing. Modern sizing changes so rapidly that designers that have collections that carry over from season to season would have to continually change their patterns and size charts. That is very expensive, and more importantly, it creates too much confusion for their retailers that may not have updated their records.

Forget what the tag in your dress says. It means nothing in everday life 🙂

Post # 30
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I also got a size 10 and wear a street size 4/6.  At first I was upset, but then I realized that no one would even CARE bout that.  Least of all me.

Post # 31
110 posts
Blushing bee

hmmm…. try to buy  a pair of guy’s pants and realize your size is in the 30’s??? 😛

Size numbers are just symbols used to describe a set of measurements more simply. Symbols used in north america have a different meaning than those europe and different than the uk. Bridal gowns used a different symbol code than street sizes. You still have the same measurements in your jeans as in your wedding dress, its just a different numerical symbol is used to represent them

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