(Closed) Should I order my dress in the smaller or bigger size? I am in between sizes.

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I order my dress size in the smaller or larger size. I am inbetween.
    Size Down. It will be fine. Your other measurments are this size : (24 votes)
    34 %
    Size up. You need to be safe. : (47 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 17
    183 posts
    Blushing bee

    i would order the size up. remember, they can alter the dress to your body but they can’t magically make the dress larger.

    Post # 18
    597 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I sized up. I think you should too. 

    I am a very thin person with a really tiny waist and smaller chest, etc……..yet my rib cage is a little bigger…..so I was also inbetween sizes.

    Post # 19
    4384 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @gulbraa44: Oh ok 🙂 So I was in this same situation and I went with the size up, it just wasn’t worth the risk to me!!

    Post # 20
    317 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If you are in between, you should be fine if you size down. It’s realistic to drop half a size by your wedding date…especially if you’re off by 1/2 inch.

    Post # 21
    1086 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think corset gowns are different. I sized down and I was fine. With a corset, the only difference is whether or not you want the laces to be wider or skinnier. If you REALLY gain weight, they can move the panel and make it wider. If not, you might have to take it ina  lot. Half an inch is NOT a lot at all. My girls sized up and they had to alter their dresses a lot. I think for me my waist was 2 inches bigger than the size I ordered, I had corset too and I was fine. I even had to take it in still.

    Post # 22
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would size down. You could loose a few pounds if needed its much more expensive to have dresses takn in then let out if needed

    Post # 23
    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I asked my friend who is also a dress maker, and her expertise is wedding attire.  She makes custom dresses (shes doing all my bridesmaids, MOG, my mom, and has done dresses for me for random events), and is starting her own beach wedding gown collection…. PLUS worked in a very well known bridal store for 3years and she said to ALWAYS GO A SIZE UP even though… u CAN get away with more since it is a corset!!!! It is WAY easier to remove material that is there than it is to create material when there isn’t enough. 

    She has seen time and time again when , in a situation like you are in, they go for the smaller size, and then…the dress comes in and doesn’t fit like the bride wanted, is too tight, or just extremely uncomfortable to wear. She said, its best not to fix it, and make sure the person that is doing your alterations has been doing it a long time, and knows their stuff.. if they do.. it should be no problem to get it to fit you perfectly.

    Post # 24
    548 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’d do the size down. 1/2 inch is nothing–like a heavy dinner or some period bloat. no biggie.

    Post # 25
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would order a size down – especially since it is only half an inch at your waist.  I gain and lose half an inch depending on the time of day!

    I was in the same boat!  My bust size matched the smaller size and I was in between the measurements for my waist and hips.  My consultant talked to me about it and we both agreed to order to size down.  So that’s what I did!  I am losing weight now as well, so I am glad I chose to order a size down…I won’t know the exact fit til my dress comes in in December, but I am not worried about it.  Plus, it is a corset back so I can always snug it up a bit more if I need to. 

    Post # 26
    1932 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    I bought my dress a size too small, and it was the perfect motivation for me to lose that extra ten pounds! I felt awesome on my wedding day. And alterations are crazy expensive, so I was super happy to not have to pay extra for that. If you do order size up and get it altered, try to find a local seamstress or alterations business, they’re generally a lot better value than a bridal shop.

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