Post # 1
Hello all! After 3 dress store trips, i said yes to am Essense of Australia dress. I am always a “street” size 2 therefore there are very few sample dresses for me to ever try that truly fit. Fit is my first priority in a dress.. so this has been hard! I did try on a Maggie size 6 in one store and the fit was absolutely perfect. I understand brands vary..
My sample dress was a size 10 and when they measured me to place the order 2 days ago my bust & hips were somewhere between 6 & 8, but apparently my waist put me in the size 10 category. ?¿ Keep in mind that in my size 10 sample, the waist (with inner corset) was in no way tight. My dress is a fit and flare and i am going for a VERY fitted look. Of course they dismissed me when i suggested the 8, saying the waist would be too tight. ive read on here about EOA dresses fitting close-ish to street size and i’ve also read about the store’s pressuring these big sizes! when i said yes to my dress i was imagining that it would be smaller and flattering… the fact that i was going to get what i tried on threw me for a loop. they had no smaller sizes in any dresses for me to try to “fit into”.
My concern is that when the bust, hip, and thigh area is altered to fit snugly, the proportions will be off and i will not get the silhouette I’m after. (I.E. I will appear larger than i want) In particular, the chest portion is as big as my head. Filling it out isnt the concern- its the proportion. A huge chest on a fit and flare makes you look larger. I know im fussy, but its important! i called the store and they just keep placating me, telling me it will all be taken care of by the seamstress…. in 6 months.. and that the 8 wouldnt be that different in the bust anyway. Please share any stories or words of advice. I am well aware that it’s not that uncommon for dresses to be ordered a few sizes big but I can’t shake my worries. for reference, I am 5’9, 133 lbs, a 32d, standard size 2.
The attached photos show my dress next to me in a dress that had a good fit in the waist and bust. another photo shows the Maggie size 6 that fit well too. thanks for taking the time to read about my dress meltdown. 😑
Post # 2
I ordered a Stella York dress (owned by Essence of Australia, they have the same sizing), and they ordered me a 12, but I’m typically a size 6/8 street size dress. (5’9”, 145 lbs, 32H). The 12 that I tried on in store was very big on the waist for me, but they said the in store samples are often stretched out quite a bit in the waist and chest. They ordered off of the biggest measurement area for me, which was my hips (with bust being pretty close). I was right in the middle of a 10 and a 12 for the hips, and they said it would be best to go with the 12. My waist will have to be taken in down to close to a size 4.
I was worried about them having to alter that much down, because mine will have to be altered quite a bit in the middle, and the back of my dress is backless with lots of detail. They assured me that a skilled seamstress will have no issue sizing it so that it looks perfect on my frame.
Post # 3
I ordered my dress in the size that fit me but it was 2 sizes larger than my normal street size. It didn’t fit perfectly so I knew it would be altered anyway but I also ended up losing 30 pounds so it was very large and needed to be altered in the waist, hips, bust, and straps.
Post # 4
They say to order to the size that fits the largest measurement of your body and alter down. I am normally a size 2 but one dress I ordered was a size 8 because I have a broad rib cage. Ultimately don’t let the size freak you out. Wedding dresses are supposed to be custom fit and kind of tight. We aren’t used to have custom fit clothes so they just feel tight.
Post # 5
I understand your concerns, I am usually a street size 2/4 US and ordered a size 6 wedding dress (online from Etsy). My measurements were actually closer to an 8 due to the hips, but my bust and waist were more like a 6 so that is what I ordered. Well I definitely could have ordered a 4 because it will need to be taken in. This happens to me a lot with online shopping, I always play it safe and order like a medium and then regret it when its too big. Although I would MUCH rather it be too big than too small!
For your situation, I wouldn’t worry too much, seamstresses are wonderful and it is much better that you ordered too big just to be safe! I’m sure yours can definitely work with you to get the proportions you are after xx
Post # 6
I could’ve written your post myself! I’m typically a street size 0 or 2. The sample I tried on was a size 12 and it was huge and when my measurements were taken, my bust and hips fell into the size 8 category while my waist fell into the size 10 category. The store told me to order a 10 because it could be sized down with alterations, but I was so scared about the proportions being off. I mulled it over for days and decided to order the smaller size 8 and I’m SO glad I did because it ended up fitting perfectly! I got really lucky, but I just knew in my heart that a 10 would be too big.
Post # 7
I’m typically a street size 4, and my wedding dress is a size 8. According to my measurements, I was right on the cusp of needing the 10 to fit my butt (I’m a pear shape). But the sample I tried was an 8 and it fit perfectly in my hips, so I decided to go with the 8.
I will say that the dress I received is smaller than the sample–they definitely get stretched out. It’s a little snug on my hips whereas the sample wasn’t at all. Luckily it’s not enough to be an issue. The bust and waist need to be taken in dramatically, but that’s always the case when I buy dresses.
Post # 8
I am a street size 2-4 and my stella york dress was ordered in a 10. I’m 5’2 and 115 pounds, 34C. I’m also panicking about it being too big and not being able to be altered but I trust the store and I think it will all work out well!
Post # 9
They measured me as a 10 in my Martina liana(made by essence) and I had to sign a piece of paper saying I was ordering a size 6 against their suggestion. I am also a street size 2, and knew there was no way a 10 was going to work for me. The 6 fit perfectly.
Post # 10
I was a street size 2/4 and my Nicole Miller dress was ordered in a size 4. Nicole Miller dresses are known to run closer to street size though. I lost about 15 pounds (which was a lot of weight considering I only weighed 123 pounds at 5’6 before I lost the weight) between when I ordered my dress and my wedding so when it came time to alter it, it was definitely too big, by two sizes. To be honest, if I had the 0, I think it would have looked better on me. They altered the 4 down, but it wasn’t as fitted as it should have been. That could have been the seamstress though.
I would just make sure you find a reputable seamstress and tell her exactly what you want. I do agree that the bust area on your dress is very large, but I think it can be fixed.
Post # 11
Can you just not go with one of the other dresses? They are gorgeous on you! 🙂
Post # 12
I think it’s a big racket. The dress is the same cost, but they get to add on $$$$ to get it altered down. I tried on a size 8 that fit perfectly except length. They measured me and said I ‘measured as a 10’, so that’s what they would order. I shut that shit right down – why order a size bigger if this one FITS ME?!! Much to their annoyance, I stood firm on the size 8.
Had I gotten the 10, they would have had to alter the entire top half of the dress and shorten it. With the 8, the only alteration I needed was to have the dress shortened a couple inches.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front
I ordered the size I “hoped” to be and didn’t get the size the boutique suggested which was the biggest part of me…my darn hips!
Long story short when I picked the dress up, it was super tight in the butt and hips to where I couldn’t bend, that was Feb….tried it on a couple weeks ago and it’s even TIGHTER (shoit me) so I took it to a seamstress and was told can’t be let out enough, and I now have a different dress (it was NOT in budget for two dresses) but couldn’t risk it, nor did I want the stress that if I don’t lose couple sizes in my ass n hips I have no DRESS!! :×(
The new dress (in my current size, so if lose weght it can be let out….) should be in just before I start alterations…I’ll pray sell mine 1st dress??!!! uugh
Learn from my mistake! :+)
Post # 14
Ps. That Maggie is gorgeous on you. It’s my fave.
Post # 15
thanks for the feedback. has your dress arrived yet?