quick advice needed on ordering dress size

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

When I was buying my wedding dress, my seamstress said that generally dress can be taken in around 6 sizes without compromising the structure and look of the dress – obviously that is just a guideline though, and depends on the dress, type, shape etc.  Personally, if it was a fitted dress, I would go for the larger size because you definitely don’t want your butt bursting out of the dress or splitting a seam on the day of!  If it’s a wider skirt, then you can probably size down and it will be fine. Also, were you wearing the undergarments you will be wearing at the wedding when you were measured?  Because that can change the size of things a bit, so if you are worried then a good pair of spanx under the dress might help!

Post # 3
5013 posts
Bee Keeper

Fabric stretches.  It is why your jeans may feel just tight or a bit right first thing, but feel a little loose by the end of the day.  Unless your store launders the dresses every night, they’ve been tried on countless times by people of varying sizes.  So a 12 may have stretched to feel more like a 14.

You should never go by sizes.  Every designer may have variations in their sizing charts so you should go based on the measurements.  One measurement could be a 12 for one designer and a 16 for another designer.  So go based off the measurements and the sizing chart for the designer, not based on how a stretched out sample fits.  General rule of thumb is buy the size for your largest measurement and take in everywhere else.

And if you are concerned she took your measurements wrong, go back and have them retaken or go to an independent seamstress/tailor to take your measurements.  I would trust that over measurements taken on your own – tapes slip, you can’t contort enough to accurately read or assure it is precisely in the exact spot it needs to be, there can be a tendency to pull too tight, etc.

Post # 4
3073 posts
Sugar bee

Always go with measurements not sizes for wedding dresses. Get the measurements re-taken if you want, but I’d go with the 14 & get it taken in.

Post # 5
3356 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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hennelady :  are you sure you’re measuring your hips correctly? Many women measure too high when doing it themselves, when an accurate hip measurement is around the fullest part of you (which is likely lower than your actual hip bones). If you don’t think she measured correctly, I’d find a third party. Go to a bridal store or other seamstress and have them take your measurements. You should always order according to measurements and not how it feels in the store, as sample dresses stretch out. 

Post # 6
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t know why, but it feels like they are always trying to sell a size up. 

Obviously everyone’s experience is different, but when I was purchasing my dress I was told I could measure for a 6 but that it was going to be too tight/uncomfortable and they talked me into getting an 8 and having it taken in.

It ended up having a ton of extra material and needed to be taken in 3 times. In the end, I’m still not totally satisfied with the way it sat on my hips but I don’t stress over it because you can’t really tell in photos. Long story short, if I could go back and do it over I’d have just ordered the size 6 and it probably would have needed minimal alterations.

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