Post # 1
A question…how small do wedding dresses come up? I went for a fitting last week and happened to see the label in the dress and was like WHAT?! I’m a UK size 14 (US 10) and this dress was a UK 18 (US 14)!! I was quite shocked as I’ve lost a couple of pounds and I never thought my wedding dress would be two sizes bigger than my usual size! The seamstress was taking it in quite a bit on top but at the waist it was pretty much being left the same.
Any other Bees have a similar horror exprience with wedding dress sizing?!
Post # 2
I think it’s pretty common, I normally wear an 18 in womens, 20 in juniors [these are US sizes], and they ordered me a 24 based on my largest measurement [my hips/butt].
Post # 3
LadyKM: Usually wedding dresses in the US are sized one or two sizes smaller than the size you normally wear. My dress was made by Wtoo/Watters and only one size larger but most of the other designers were two sizes larger than what I usually wore.
Post # 4
I think the depends on the designer. Vera Wang ran really small, in my experience, particularly in the bust. I’m a US6 but needed a 10 for the bust to fit properly. Other designers, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera ran about half a size to a whole size small.
Post # 5
same as you, size 10 normal, size 14 dress was ordered. don’t worry about the number!!!! focus on the actual measurements they gave you. also keep in mind sometimes you have to order up based on one part of your body (for me, it’s my broad bust that made me a 14 vs a 12). seriously, not an issue, nothing to get upset about! Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are the same. my size 4/6 Bridesmaid or Best Man is ordering an 8.
Post # 6
LadyKM: i am a US size 16 and had to buy a US size 20 for my dress. quite horrifying really – but no one needs to know what the tag says 😉 all that matters is how it looks and feels! its pretty standard for them to not run true to size.
Post # 7
I wear a street size 14 and sometimes 12, I was able to fit in a size 12 dress, however it’s mainly because of the way I am shaped and the way the dress is fitted. But I did have to go up a size in the slip and several other dresses I tried on were up a size (or two).
Post # 8
I had an Alfred Angelo dress and my dress size was the same as my street size. However, it was a ball gown and my hips are disproportionately large compared to my waist and chest. So technically my dress size matched my hip/pant size but it really only had to fit my waist. Maybe if it had been fitted through my hips I would have needed a larger size?
Haha not sure if that makes sense but it seems like it’s pretty common for wedding dresses to run smaller than street sizes.
Post # 9
My dress is a fit/flare. My boobs fit into a 12, my butt fit into a 12 and my waist fit into an 8, so we ordered a 12. I had my first fitting last night, and she has to take in, like, an inch on either side of the waist, but the hips fit perfectly. hahaha. I’m normally a street size 8, so my dress is a solid two sizes bigger than what I normally wear. I’m pretty sure dress sizes are always bigger than street sizes, though.
Post # 10
No worries! That just, for some reason, seems to be how formal dresses run for some reason. The dresses I tried on were two sizes above my normal size as well.
Post # 11
LadyKM: I wear a size 6 and they ordered me a 14 in my dress. The women said I was an 18 in my hips and I wear a size 4 in shorts (WTF)… Apparently Marisa Bridal runs incredibly small and they are still using what the bridal shop calls “vintage” sizes. This basically means that they havent changed their sizing in accordance with current sizing trends. It freaked me out and made my stomach drop.