(Closed) Wedding dress size compared to height and weight and other clothes???

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m 5’3″, 115 pds, but I’m an A cup.  I ordered a size 4 and I’ll need minor alterations.  I really could have fit into a smaller size because of my bust and waist measurements but I had to order up because of my hip measurement. 

I say it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Maybe you need to order the 6 because of your bust measurement.  I hear you can tie corset dresses really tight and it looks like it’s the size meant for you, even if the dress is 3 or so sizes too big.  (I don’t have a corset dress so I don’t have any personal experience with it though).

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you are between sizes and looking at a corset back, I would go for the smaller size.  If you get a bigger size corset and it gets laced too tight you miss the beautiful detail of the lacing up the back, it just looks like a zipper!  I was in the situation…between an 8 and a 10 because of my ribcage, and I ordered the 8 even though I wasn’t planning on losing much if any, and it fits beautifully.  The 10 you actually could hardly see the laces….anyway hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m thinking that maybe your bust measurement put you in a larger size category.  You sound like you must be thin (at 112 lbs!) and I want to say that maybe your chest is a little larger than the meaurement for size 4 and under.

Don’t get hung up on the size of the dress, it’s all about how you look and feel in the dress!! You sound like you have a great body anyway!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would look up the size charts for the manufacturer. I’m a 2 in normal clothing (and similar size as you). For the brand of dress I’m getting, my bust and hips measure for the size 2, but my waist is a little bigger. I know I can easily (and still comfortably) suck that in an inch, and one of the dresses I tried on was a 6 and really huge. So, I suspect they will recommend I order the 4, but I’m planning to order a 2.

So my point is, know yourself (like, do you tend to gain weight when stressed? Then err on the side of too big) and check the size charts yourself (and try to find them a few different places, at least one webpage listed wrong measurements when I was looking).

If its your hips that are too big and it’s an a-line dress, it shouldn’t matter. If it’s your bust, on the other hand, you may need the larger size.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not your size, but in my experience, a lot of the dresses do seem to run slightly smaller than my normal dress size. I trust my seamstress, though, since she’s the expert. No doubt she’ll make it fit me like a glove!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I normally wear a size 6 in pants and size 4 on top and I had to get my dress as a size 10.  You might want to have the smaller size of the corset top if you want to be able to see the strings in back.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am 5’10” and 175 lbs. I wear an 8 in most street clothes, usually a 6 in dresses. My wedding dress was ordered in a 12! Don’t worry too much about the number 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am 5’3” and a size 2 or 4 in street clothes and a small B cup, and my wedding dress is a size 10. It’s a mermaid style gown and fits like a glove too, I don’t need to have it altered (except for hemming it).

The sizing seems to vary a lot by designer, so definitely go by your designer’s specific measurement chart, and/or a professional sizing recommendation.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wouldn’t worry about the size number on your dress. Jennybirdie made a good point, you are a 34C. Therefore they have to go but what your largest measurement. If they ordered a smaller size then it would fit your waist but not your bust.

I am 125, 5’4, and a 34C. A size six fits me almost perfectly, I only need a few minor alterations. So while I am heavier than you both of our largest measurement are the same, so while mine does not need to be taken in at the waist yours will. Unfortunately you cannot take out a dress, but only take it in.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m about your size and I had to get a size 6 when I was a bmaid not too long ago. I think some sizes just run weird!

Post # 13
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Ceremony: The Kraine Theatre, Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace

I’m just about your size and ended up with a size 2 dress, but it was obviously very, very fitted. My bridesmaids (3 of whom are nearly identically sized, just shaped differently) measured for 3 different dress sizes of the same dress because they go by your largest measurement. I wouldn’t worry too much about it being a large size because you can always alter it down if it’s slightly too big or if you lose weight right before the wedding, but can’t go the other way, and most brides either lose or gain a little weight right before the wedding, depending on how they react to the stress and busyness. I say go for the 6 and just remind yourself what your street size really is.

Post # 14
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1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d just go with what they suggest for your measurements. Every designer runs differently. I normally wear a 2 in pants (5’4″, 115lbs, B cup) and my wedding dress is a size 10! I know that will work because that was the sample size…it will need some altering (esp in the length, and it will be taken in a bit too) but my boobs wouldn’t fit in a smaller size (and my boobs are NOT that big!)

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a 2/4 top and 4/6 pants at 5’11” I ordered an 8 which is the size of the sample I tried on.  it fit perfectly in my hips but will need to be altered on top for sure!

Usually the measure and order for the largest part of your body in comparison to the measurements….

That being said, wedding dresses run more closely with UK sizing. 

In the UK I’m a 8 on top and 10 on the bottom 🙂

Just know that they don’t run like american sizing and you’ll feel much better. I could care less that I ordered an 8… but I have a lot of UK clothing that DOESNT say “2” or “4” 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

All manufacturers are different.  I’m 5’4 125 34B.  I have ordered a size 8 in wedding stuff twice.  I am always a 4 in stores.  My waist is the largest of the 3…I think I’m slightly boy-shaped?  I didnt’ want to go bigger, but it’s better safe than sorry.

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