(Closed) Wedding Dress Size vs. Street Size

posted 11 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much smaller or larger is your wedding dress size than your street size?

    Wedding dress more than 3 sizes smaller than street size

    -2 to 3


    No difference




    +4 to 6

    +7 to 10

  • Post # 3
    7038 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I had a J. Crew gown and it was the same as my street size.

    Post # 4
    4831 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I voted based off dresses that had sample sizes and how they fit me.

    My dress doesn’t come in sizes so I don’t know for it. The salon just took my measurements and the dress is made to custom measure rather than ordering in a size and then altering.

    The dresses I tried on ranged from my street size in the dress fitting me perfectly, a few in my street size were too big, many in my street size were a size or 2 too small.

    Post # 5
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I put plus one, but honestly I don’t know what my true street size is some days. I tend to wear size 6 clothes and my dress was ordered in a size 8, but that was to accomidate my rib cage and the rest will prob have to be taken back down a size. The sample I tried on was a size 6. I’m hoping it was stretched out though and that the 8 will fit perfectly. I should be getting it in any day now, so we will see!

    Post # 6
    5592 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I tend to be a street size 10 on top, 12 on the bottom, but I ordered my wedding dress in a 16 and it needed very little alterations. 

    However, I did try on one size 28 that I couldn’t even get on it was so tiny.  Clearly that designer wants to make brides cry.

    Post # 8
    10972 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I was somewhere in between 1-2 sizes larger than my street size (my dress is an anjolique).

    Post # 9
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I usually wear a 0 or 2, my dress is a 4 and I could’ve easily gotten away with a 6….it’s pretty tight!

    Post # 10
    1713 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I was an 18 at the time of purchase, so I ordered my normal size, luckily went down to a solid 16 by the time the dress came in and fit PERFECT, now down to a street size 14, I have a feeling the fit will be perfect! And thank God for that corset back! Will give me a little nervous-Day-of room! hehe

    Post # 11
    20 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I ordered my dress in the sample size 10, but I usually wear a street size 4-6 in dresses. However, that’s not accounting for tendency to buy dresses that allow plently of room for my, ahem, “ample” backside…I’m a street size 10 in any dresses that are form-fitting below the waist.

    Post # 13
    1113 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m a size 2 up top, a size 8 down below, and I am 5’10” without shoes. I was recommended to order an 8, which I did. I think it has more to do about where the dress hugs and what your measurements in those areas are. I think for my dress it should be okay, but I hate HATE that there is so much extra bust room. The only way that it’s been suggested to me to fix it with alterations is to add cups or use chicken cutlets. Gross.

    Post # 14
    1915 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    It’s kind of hard to compare between designers and brands, though. My Jim Hjelm size 10 won’t close by a few inches, but the Enzoani and Allure 10s were perfect, probably wouldn’t need any alterations. But I’m an 8 at David’s.

    Then, on the clothing side, it depends on the brand. I’m a small or extra-small at Old Navy (! which is why I don’t shop there any more), but a 6 at Express.

    So… yeah, it really depends on a lot!

    Post # 15
    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It definitely depends on the designer. I am a street size 6, and in most bridal designers I was a 10. My dress is a Pronovias and has Spanish sizes which apparently run even larger, so I think they are ordering a me Spanish size 12! It’s crazy the difference, I am 4-6 sizes bigger in bridal than street size!

    Post # 16
    1712 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m normally a size 2 in jeans and XS in tops. Anywhere from 0-2 in dress size. I just purhcased my wedding dress and ordered a size 4… hope it fits! I keep having nightmares that it’s going to be too small!

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