(Closed) Weight loss – translation into dress size?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was a size 16/18 lost about 60 pounds and only went down to a  12/14 – all depends on your body type. 


Post # 4
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was told at a bridal salon that 10 lbs is about one dress size. I’m sure it depends on your individual height/weight, though. 

Post # 5
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I lost 20lbs and went from a 6-8 to a 2-4!

But it definitely depends on height and muscle.

Post # 6
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Sorry, but there really is no way to tell. I’ve been the same dress size at 112 and 126lb, for example. Depends how much muscle you’re toting.

Post # 7
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Usually 10 lbs is one dress size.

Post # 8
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

5 years ago I lost 40 pounds. I looked very different but I went from a 14 to a 10/12.  

Post # 9
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

5 pounds lost can equal a dress size on some people… And other people it will take 30 pounds to lose 1 size…. 

I know you don’t want alterations but you probably will need them! 

Post # 10
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Think about it this way, would you rather not lose weight or pay for alterations?  Should be an easy decision πŸ™‚ just accept that you’ll need alterations!  

Post # 11
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Where do you lose and gain weight? Are you an apple or a pear? I’m a gainer/loser in my legs and arms so I never go down a dress size but I go down in pants. Will you lose in your boobs? I’d look at how your mesurements compare to the sizing and where on your body you will lose your weight.

Post # 12
437 posts
Helper bee

MsquareM:  I was also told 10lb= ~1 size. 

I lost about 30, and lost a lot of fat and gained a ton of muscle. I went from around a 10-12 to a 6-8. For reference, I am 5’8″ with a medium build. 

Post # 14
437 posts
Helper bee

MsquareM: Thanks! That was sort of my theory, too… I knew alterations were almost inevitable. Honestly, I had a corset back, so they weren’t that bad. I ordered one size smaller than I was when I originally ordered my dress. She then had to take in a few inches on each side, to bring it in just over another dress size… Maybe order one size down, if you are certain you’ll lose the weight either way. Then, if you need it taken in more… Well… Then, that’s a great problem to have! LOL

ETA: My seamstress was actually a dress designer, and she only charged me like $70 or less for the dress to be taken in and the simple bustle.

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