Post # 1
So I found a dress that I’m in love with, but am having trouble deciding what size to order based on my measurements, which are:
Bust – 31
Waist – 26
Hips – 36 (though it is a ballgown so the hip measurement doesn’t really matter)
I know you’re generally supposed to order based on your biggest measurement, but based on the sizing chart from the manufacturer (below), my waist is four sizes bigger than my bust! I am concerned that they won’t be able to take the bust in that much, especially since it is a backless dress. When I tried on the sample (size 12), I was drowning in it all around. Any ideas for what I should do?
Post # 2
What did the shop recommend? Surely you’re not the first person to ask this or similar.
Post # 3
God that sizing is all over the place. Bust size don’t worry about too much because all you need is padding, waist and hips are the most important, I opted for size 8 you can get a cheap tummy slimming thing to fit properly. The size 10 would give you 4 inches of extra bust which is not reasonable. The smaller size can be worked with.
Post # 4
The shop actually recommened a 12, but frankly I don’t have a lot of faith in their advice…the shop is part of an ancient department store that only sells a handful of wedding dresses. I am only ordering from them bc they are one of the last ones who has it in stock. I will likely take it elsewhere to get altered.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church
Alls I’m saying is that chart makes no sense and is possibly for robots. I am a street size 6 and that chart would make me a size 14 by virtue of my hips, haha. But I feel like maybe go for the size 6, and have both the waist and the chest altered 2″, rather than needing to alter one of them by 4″.
Post # 7
Ah, I see. Did you look at the seams when you were there? Some couture dresses have very little fabric to let out, so I would just be sure about ordering the waist down too much. Probably go with the 8 if you think it can be let out.
Post # 8
I am a street size 4 and was measured at an 8 in bust and 10 in waist. I went with the bigger size and the top was pretty large – it had to be taken in and then we ended up having to add fabric in the front because of the amount that was taken in. Luckily, it’s all ok now. It’s tough too because the 10 is snug on my hips and I could not have gotten away with a smaller size.
Because it’s a ballgown, I’d go with the 8. Bringing in the top has been harder than expected (mine is also backless).
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY
For my dress, the sample I tried on was a 12, and it felt big everywhere.. but according to my measurements, I went with the 12. They said it is probably due to the dress being tried on so much, it has stretched a bit.. but since my dress will be brand new and never before worn (except for fittings and such), it’ll fit much better.
My bust was a 10, my waist was an 8, and my hips were borderline 10-12… they said they would have no trouble bringing the waist in that much.
I hope that helps 🙂