(Closed) Ordering a dress that is too big…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


I have picked my dress but it is not been ordered until February. My dress consultant told me that it is always best to order the dress a size or two too big then one that fits snug on the day you tried it on. She said it is easier with alterations to take it in then to take it out. In my situation I tried on an Australian Size 12 which I think is US 8 and it fit nice around my hips but was miles too big up top and I am not a pear shape more of an hourglass. She said that if I ordered a size 10 AUS it might be too snug and the 12 will be a better option. Personally I would rather have a dress too big that can be taken in then squeezing into another dress because I hope to lose weight for the wedding.

Post # 4
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Two sizes bigger than street size doesn’t seem odd for a wedding dress.  I don’t think I’d worry about it on that basis.  You can ask to see the designer’s sizing chart and compare with your measurements.  They’ll generally order the largest size that any one of your measurements fits.  I don’t think a slight bra padding would make a big difference, but you could try your own chest measurement with the bra versus whatever you’re going to be wearing and see if you get much difference.

Post # 5
49 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I do think bridal shops have a habit of ordering larger, as dresses an be easily taken in but not taken out. They will order to your largest measurement, in my case, I had to order two sizes bigger for my hips anthat dress needs some major alterations everywhere else

Post # 7
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My friend sometimes works at her mum’s bridal dress store, she said it’s always better to order bigger as *generally* you can take a dress in about 2 sizes without majorly affecting shape etc, whereas you can usually only let a dress out about half a size max. Better to be safe than sorry!


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