(Closed) J. Crew Sizing

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
177 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t have experience with the occasions dresses, but I totally fell in love with a halter dress last year that also had an empire waist. When I went to try it on in the store, it made it look like I was concealing an early pregnancy. I’m a 34D and a 4/6 on the bottom, so I think it was a boob issue. Maybe you can have them try on something similar in a store? Those dresses are gorgeous. Good luck!

Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

J Crew sizing favors a smaller chest and thin attributes. All of my BMs with larger chests ordered a size up (8 instead of 6, 10 instead of 8, etc) and it worked out wonderfully with their alterations. However, they did each choose on their own from 4 different styles of dresses (Ella, Audrey, Whitney & Lindsay).  I must also say that no one opted for the Ella dress due to the extremely tight fit in the bust and the awkward fit. It was even tight on an A-cup. The endowed gals opted for Audrey and Whitney.  

Post # 5
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

I’m a busty, and I’ve ordered a couple of J Crew dresses in the past, and tried on many more.  They are cut for a B cup- and in many styles, it is not a generous B, which is a problem for my C-D chest.  

As far as my personal sizing goes, I’m a size 10 on the bottom and a size 12 on top, or a M/L/XL depending on the shirt.  Safest bet would be to get larger sizes- but with the styling on that dress, I would be concerned that there would be very little coverage on anyone with a moderate to large chest.     

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee

All of my  bridesmaids told me their J. Crew dresses ran big, except in the bust, which barely fit anyone over a C cup. It’s kind of a disaster since we got the non-returnable. I would suggest that anyone over a C cup get a size bigger and then have the rest of the dress altered. I sent them all the measurements, but somehow none of their dresses fit very well!

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

hi nifty ba! i also found the jcrew sales to be really appealing and ordered my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses online.  i agree with everyone else here, the dresses are definitely not true to size for the well endowed (if you know what i mean). also they’re petite sizes are REALLY small at the bust. i ordered the emily in regular sizes and the camilla in petite (from the holiday sale) and every single one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man had to go a size up from their "street size"  not only because it didn’t fit at the bust but it gave everyone "beavage" (back cleavage). They do have a nice return policy and the option to return directly to the stores. ALSO they folks in their special occasions dept were really easy to work with!!

Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008 - Historic Inn

My experience has also been that they run big.  

Post # 10
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Okay, well I would order up to be safe, but on the other hand- if you end up with a dress you can’t return b/c its on final sale, just sell it on ebay. Jcrew dresses sell like wildfire on there! I bought two dresses and thought I was so going to get a steal, only for them to go for 50! LOL

Post # 11
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

One of my best friends bought our bridesmaid dresses with JCrew. I would definitely suggest going up a size because the dresses were beautiful but cut small. All my JCrew dresses are size 0 and we ordered a size 2 from the special occassions line and it was too small.

But then they sold out of size 4, so in the end, we ordered a size 6 and having it tailored down to fit.

 Good luck!

Post # 12
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

As a large chested gal myself, I would definitely order up a size or two for their special occassions dresses.  I have the Embossed Beach Dress that I wear in a size 8 which fits perfectly, but when I bought the Camilla Cotton Cady dress in a size 8 it was way too snug.

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