(Closed) Seriously…what’s up with wedding dress sizing?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t really know the reasoning behind it but from what I’ve read online, I get the impression that most wedding gowns are sized that way, larger than your regular clothing size.  When I got measured for mine the lady at the shop ordered it 2 sizes larger than my normal size but told me not to pay any attention to the fact that it was 2 sizes bigger because that’s how they’re made.  Mine will definitely have to be taken in at the top though as my hips are disproportionally wide compared to my bust (or lack thereof).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Clothing manufacturers realized years ago that if a pair of jeans had a smaller  size on its label, women are more likely to purchase it.  So they took a size 10 jeans, slapped a size 8 label on it and viola, customers are happier in the dressing room and more likely to purchase the jeans.  Coutre clothing resisted this trend, as did wedding gowns since women choose the dress first and then are measured for size.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I was told by friends to ignore the "sizing" and just go with the measurements.  The sizes will depress you so don’t even focus on it.  I’ve given this same advice to my bridesmaids who have the same issues when trying on dresses.  The "size" doesn’t matter; the measurements do. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was dreading going dress shopping for this same reason.  I had read that they all run small and you will have to go up at least 2 sizes if not more.  Well, I had lost 40 lbs. last year and was finally in a size 12/14 street size, smallest I had been since early middle school days!  I was so excited, my whole life it seemed I had been an 18/20.  So it is very discouraging when you go to try on dresses and can’t wear your street size.  But I had a very nice and helpful saleslady who helped with my dresses and she said not to worry about it, that everyone has the same problem.  She said she has had girls come in who are a size 6 and leave in tears because some had to go to a size 10.  So even though my dress had to be ordered in the size I had worked so hard to get out of, by the end of the day, I wasn’t upset anymore, there are so many other things to worry about and I feel great in my dress and know I look great, so that is all that matters!!  Don’t fret, everyone has gone through the exact same thing!!!  I personally think they should just change their sizing charts and at least make them say an 14 even if it is a size 16 or 18.  Heck, why stop there, if you are a size 14 street size, make the dresses say 10 or 12 and make the brides feel really good when trying on dresses!!!!  It is all about us on that day!!  Good luck and forget about the size of the dress!!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

Seriously!  I’m a size 4/6 in street clothes and was trying to shimmy into size 8 samples at stores this past weekend.  What was absolutely hilarious though was at a store that was having a turnk show – a bunch of their dresses were taken from the runway and were fitted for the models’ bodies.  Let’s just say I *barely* got into these dresses with the zipper fully unzipped.  Trust me, nothing says "zing" quite like trying to fit into a trumpet gown that fits someone who’s 30 pounds lighter and 5 inches taller than yourself!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

All the dresses I tried on were fitted to my bust since that’s the largest fitted part.  I have a trumpet dress, but I imagine it would be the same for a ballgown.  Either way, it was still super frustrating – BUT it did provide me with inspiration to lose weight.  That, or I’m just really good at finding the silver lining…

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Aren’t they sized using older sizing standards? Like, a modern 8 was a 1960s 12 or 14?

Regardless, it’s aggravating. I wish they’d just do measurements in inches like they do for guys. That way, it would be consistent across situations…

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t have any insight, but I’ll join you in ranting about how crappy it is to have to order a dress 2 sizes bigger than your normal size. I know I probably shouldn’t care what the tag says as long as the dress fits and I feel good wearing it, but still…

Someone asked me what size wedding dress I bought (why it mattered to them, I have no idea) and when I told them, the response was "that’s huge!!".

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Whoa, cappucino! That person clearly has no idea what the sizing standards are. They probably meant, "That seems so huge compared to what you look like!"

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I guess my biggest fear about this whole thing is that, as a size 12/14 street size, I’m going to show up to try on a gown and the samples will be ridiculously too small for me… is this a valid fear? And does that piss anyone else off? I want to try on a dress that is remotely near my size while still getting to try on the normal girl dresses! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

AlmostMrsG- It’s try a lot of the dresses I "attempted" to try on were only a size 8/10 and I wear the same size you do. I asked each shop I went to why they get those sizes and their response was "Thats the sample size they send us". I dont’ get it because I see a lot more girls who are size 12 and larger than I do those who are in the singel digits.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

professorbee is correct. Honestly, I feel the most thin being completely nude. It’s only when you put on those jeans you just washed or that strapless dress that you realize ‘Gosh I feel fat!’

With my wedding dress, my size proportions are so wacked out that I had to order a size 10 just because of my hips (normally between a size 6-8)

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm I thought I would have to go up a size in my dress too, but my dress size is the same as my street clothes. Not sure how that happened…

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