(Closed) Wedding dress size vs. real dress size

posted 11 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is your wedding dress size larger than your real dress size?

    Yes- 1 dress size larger

    Yes-2 dress sizes larger

    No- same size

  • Post # 3
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Date twin!!! This completely depends on the dress designer – but it’s true that wedding gown sizing is its own little world. Some designers run small, and some run really big… just depends. Some bridal shops (rude, but true) will also order larger sizes than are needed to make more money on alterations. I hope this isn’t what happened in your case, though! If your designer has a website, you might be able to look up their sizing chart and check it out. 

    Post # 4
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    It totally depends on the designer.

    I wear a size 14 and my dress is a 14 as well. I ordered form Sottero Midgley and it’s a corset back which allows for more room to give and take.

    Don’t feel bad at all about the larger size. I always hear that bridal runs small.

    Post # 5
    1713 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    At the time of purchase I was a size 16/18, and I purchased an 18. Now Im a 14, so now its two sizes up from my normal dress size. Seems the case in a lot of gowns I tried, or should I say “that I could try.” lol 

    Post # 6
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Many designers are 2-several sizes off while some are more true to street size.

    I’m a 2-4 street size and I was reeeeally close to a 2 with my dress but opted for a 4 so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Post # 7
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m size 0 street size and size 2 bridal because they don’t carry anything lower than 2. For the most part, the dress fit, but need some fitting as the top is a little too big for me. Not sure how to vote that one, same size or 1 size larger?

    Post # 8
    1712 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I normally wear a size 2 on the bottom, XS on top, and my dress was ordered in a size 4.

    Post # 9
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I usually wear a 6, and my dress is a 10 in bridal. The shop told me that bridal sizes run different than normal US women’s clothing sizes. It really doesn’t matter what the size number is, so long as the measurements are right!

    Post # 10
    1696 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I don’t even know what my street dress size is. When I look for dresses at TJ Maxx or Marshalls I start in the “Small” section, so I think maybe 2-4? But my wedding dress was a size 6. Is that one or two sizes too big?

    Post # 11
    4460 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Vanity sizing in the US. You could really be an 8 measurement wise.

    Post # 12
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Seems retty typical. I am a street size 2 and my dress was ordered in a size 4 and fits perfectly.

    Post # 13
    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m either a 4 or 6. My wedding dress was a 10.

    Post # 14
    1379 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    There is no ‘other’ option! 

    I am a 0 and my size 2 Mori Lee was too big. According to the size charts I should have fit perfectly into the dress. I think some designers give a good 1/2″ or so just to be safe. 

    Post # 15
    357 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m a 0 or 2 and the dress I ordered is a 4, but I think it depends on the designer.  My first dress i ordered (long story) was by a different designer and it was a size 2.  Some designers run really true to size whereas others run super small.

    Post # 16
    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m usually 4, and the dress my store person ordered was a 4.  It felt really tight, but looked correct in pictures.

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