Post # 1
The title says it all. I’ll be going dress shopping on August 6, but over the past 6 months I’ve gained 10lbs. My whole adult life I have been very fit and healthy, but I’ve been so busy with my masters/trying to juggle a job/wedding planning that I have fallen off track. My goal is to lose these 10lbs before the wedding (which is in a year) and get back to my best self!
That being said – is it a huge faux pax to order a dress that is a bit too small? I know myself and I know that the wedding will be enough motivation to lose weight. But I always hear about brides doing this and then not having the weight lost in time. Thoughts?
Post # 2
It’s really risky to order a smaller dress. You never know how it will fit you. I think they can take dresses in up to two sizes, and 10 pounds sounds like it’s going to get you no where near that. But they can’t let out very much. I’d play it safe and order your size. I think they assume most brides will try to lose before the wedding. I certainly will.
Post # 3
Try on the dress that fits you now then order 1 size smaller if you’re confident in losing that weight.
Post # 4
I would order one that fits now (although slightly too snug would probably be fine) and then work really hard to lose the weight before your final fitting/alterations. Alterations can make a dress smaller but rarely larger.
That said, do you have to go dress shopping this soon or could you wait a bit until you’ve lost at least some of the weight?
Post # 5
I was told by the alterations lady at a bridal boutique that she could alter any dress up to two sizes larger than what your size is. I think you should get the dress that fits you now and if you lose the weight, have it altered to your new size.
Post # 6
Order what fits now and what your consultant suggests based on the style of the dress. Alterations can work wonders, and I’m sure they are experienced in brides losing weight. Ten pounds is also not that much, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the dress being massive when you get it (if you’ve lost the weight).
Post # 7
Totally agree. I knew I wanted and had the drive to lose weight before my wedding, but still ordered the size the person recommend for my measurements at the time. They’re taking it in now and it looks great! I have another alterations apt a few weeks before our wedding since I’m going on a cut soon and hope to drop a few more inches, and the seamstress said it would be totally fine.
OP, if you really want to order a smaller size, I would wait to order the dress until you can fit into it. I can’t imagine the stress of not being able to fit into my dress with a couple of weeks to lose the weight before the wedding.
Post # 8
You’re fine. It’s always better to get a larger size. The dress takes months to arrive and then you can get a perfect fit instead of getting a dress that may be too small. Good luck!
Post # 9
It’s easier to take in a dress than let it out, so I’d order the dress in the size you currently are and then take it in later.
You may also want to choose a dress with a corset back for additional flexibility. I wish I had done that, but I was always the same weight and then lost 15 pounds due to stress-related appetite loss.
Post # 10
That’s risky! I was talking to my hairdresser the other day who did the same (ordered smaller knowing she’d lose the weight) and she didn’t just not lose weight, she gained. The additional stress of knowing that she HAD to lose in order to fit in her dress made it too much for her.
Plus, isn’t it always easier and less expensive to take a dress in than to let it out? Chances are, even if you lost the weight you wanted to, there will be aspects of the dress that will need alterations to fit better. I think it would be better to be safe and have it altered down if you need to!
Post # 11
I would order the dress in the size you are now. You never know you could get back down to your normal mweight (GREAT!!!) but if you don’t, you want to make sure it’s going to look great at the weight you are now and will fit properly! It would just be one more thing to stress about if you don’t lose the weight and it’s not worth the added stress. If you don’t HAVE to lose the weight I think you will have more success with actually losing it since it won’t be an added stressor.
Post # 12
I would think ordering in your current size is best. When you lose the 10lbs you don’t know exactly what measurements it will affect. Maybe 10lbs won’t be a full size or you will lose most in one area but it will still be too small in an area the weight is slower to come off of?
Post # 13
Highly recommend ordering your current size. I dropped about 15 pounds before my wedding, and it did not change my dress size. Taking a dress in a size is typical anyway. It shouldn’t be too expensive either.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t order a smaller dress. I lost 7 pounds before my wedding (and toned up) and my dress still didn’t need alterations.
Post # 15
weight & size aren’t always the same. You could lose 10lbs and still be the same size. You could weigh the same, and be a totally different size, based on body composition. I’d order what fits you now, and tailor around what your actual size is.
Also, from a vanity perspective…I’d rather have them take it in, than take it out.