Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate
Hi everyone! I am curious about everyone’s experience with ordering the correct size of their wedding dress. I went in assuming I would need to order 1-2 sizes larger then normal, and was pleasently surprised that I was sized for the same street size that I normally wear. This was true at every shop I went to (bridal boutique, j.crew, BHLDN). Did anyone else have this experience, or is this rare?
Post # 3
Nope, I ordered my street size as well! I wonder if a lot of people order a few sizes larger in wedding dress sizes because they’re being professionally measured and they don’t normally wear clothes in their proper size? I have a large chest so I thought I’d need to order a size or two larger then have the dress taken in but luckily my boobs fit my dress just fine in my street size!
Post # 4
I’m normally a 2 or a 4, and she ordered a 0 for me. It was definitely snug but she said since I was having boning removed from around my ribcage, it will all work out fine in the end. We shall see!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had to order many sizes up from my normal size which is a street size 10/12. I ordered an Alfred Angelo dress, size 18 (+3 sizes). At David’s Bridal I would have needed to order a 16 (+2 sizes). I didn’t try on dresses anywhere else because I had found the one.
That being said even for normal everyday dresses I often have to go up a size to fit my bust unless it’s a stretch fabric or a wrap dress.
Post # 6
I’m a street size 0, and she ordered a size 8 for me at Kleinfeld (Lazaro dress). I’ve also lost weight since the dress was ordered, so I’m curious to see how the dress fits at my first fitting this weekend.
Post # 7
I’m about a 5 street-size and ordered an 8 which fits to a T.
Post # 8
@penguinbee: Same for me. I don’t really buy this whole “bridal” sizing idea.
I have clothing in my closet that range from size 0 to 6 that all fit. There is a lot of variance between manufactures when it comes to clothing.
Post # 9
I’m a street size 18 and had to order a size 26 wedding dress!! I ended up needing it scaled down significantly!
Post # 10
From my experience, wedding dresses are actually sized correctly; high street clothes aren’t always sized correctly due to vanity sizing, plus a lot of women wear the wrong size.
Without wishing to cause offence, a lot of brides who say that they were a bigger size tend to be on the bigger side; which would support the above as they may be more likely to shop places that use ‘vanity sizing’ than smaller brides, etc.
I was a UK 12/US 8 when I bought my dress; and my dress was a UK 12/US 8. I’m now a UK 8-10/US 4-6, and my dress is being taken in; my measurements are between the two sizes (35-26-35; UK 8 = 34-24-34; UK 10 = 36-26-36).
ETA: in some cases a larger size may need to be ordered due to say, a large bust. Someone might wear a smaller size usually because they wear, say, stretchy t-shirts, but wedding dresses are more structured and so the size ordered will need to fit their largest part eg bust. It may then have to be taken in considerably elsewhere. Eg a girl I went to school with is about a UK size 8; but her bust is very large. She would probably have to order a UK size 14 (ie 3 sizes bigger) to accomodate her bust, then have it taken it massively on the waist and hips.
Post # 11
I’m a size 0-2 from my top to hips. Once I reach my hips though, I’m like… 38”..so much more than a size 2!!
That being said, the dress I got (Casablanca 1900) was not fitted in my hips, so I ordered a size 2 and needed it taken in at the chest and waist.
So to make a long story short, I was pretty close to street-size.
Post # 12
I think it depends on who makes the dress. When I was trying on Maggie Sottero, it was street size or 1 size smaller. However when I went to go purchase my Allure, it was 1 size larger.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate
True, FWIW most of my clothing is 2 or 4, and I ordered a 4. The only things in my closet that are size 2 are some old pants I have from like, New York and Co, and I suspect their sizing might be a little different. I am definately a solid 4 in most clothing.
Also I know my hips measured in at a 4 and my bust at a 0 (?), but its not like I would ever fit my hips into a size 0 dress.
Post # 14
No offense taken, but I think it depends on the bridal designer. I agree that regular street sizing isn’t always accurate, but I’m 110 lbs. So not big. I would say pretty close to a street size 0-2 in American sizing. Yet I was ordered a size 8 in a Lazaro dress.
Post # 15
Well that’s pretty crazy; but I’d say it’s the exception rather than the rule.
I also wonder if some stores like to be on the safe side and so deliberately order up; dresses almost always need to be altered, and it’s much easier to take a dress in than it is to let it out; so I wonder it that comes into it? Plus, there is a risk someone might put on weight; I think they’re often conscious of that (mine’s been altered early and the lady doing it gave me a big lecture about making sure I don’t put on weight lol).
Post # 16
I ordered 2 sizes larger, but could have gone 3.
@barbie86: a lot of brides who say that they were a bigger size tend to be on the bigger side
I’m a street size US0 and went up to a US4, but could have gotten a US6 for a better fit. So, no.