(Closed) What size dress should I order?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What size dress should I order.
    The size that I am now, and risk having to buy another dress. : (10 votes)
    30 %
    2 sizes smaller which can be taken in or let out 2 sizes. : (15 votes)
    45 %
    Order the size that I want to be at the wedding, and use that as motivation. : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Any other idea's (please explain) : (7 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Well, you’re more than a year out, so I don’t think you should order your dress yet.  Why don’t you wait 6 more months, see where you’re at with your weight, and then decide from there?

    Post # 4
    Member
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Honestly, I would start your diet now and wait a couple months at least to go dress shopping. You only need to leave about nine months before your wedding to purchase your dress.

    I’m not saying you can’t lose the weight, but if you don’t, you’re going to be stuck with a way too small dress. Also, don’t forget that a bridal size 12 is actually a street size 8.

    I think when you ultimately do order your dress, I would just go maybe two sizes smaller than you measure at. You can always get it altered down if you do lose all the weight, but you can’t really get it extended. Also, you should probably look for a corset top because it will give you a little more flexibility either way.

    Post # 5
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @AmandaY: The lady was probably just trying to scare you guys into buying a dress sooner. You can show your mom tons of online articles that will say otherwise and hopefully that will convince her.

    Post # 7
    Member
    241 posts
    Helper bee

    I know people who have lost like 50 pounds and still been the same dress size. You don’t know wear you are going to lose the weight so for example if your chest was to stay the same size, you could still end up needing the same size dress. If you must order the dress now, I would not go down more than a size. Dresses can usually be taken in more than taken out.

    But if you plan to drop from a 22 to a 12, you might not even like the same style anymore so I really think you need to wait until you lose some weight before purchasing.

    Post # 8
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    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would definitely get the size you are when you order it.  Dresses can always be taken in, and you honestly never know what would happen!  Good luck with your weight loss!

    Post # 9
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I agree with others in that you realistically have a lot of time before you need to buy a dress. Most dresses need to be ordered about 5-6 months in advance; it can be more depending on designer but you can ask and find out. With that said, I actually ordered my dress two sizes smaller (because of time I had to order but I pushed it as far as I could to get closer to my goal). I told my consultant that I have been losing weight and that I planned to lose more and she said to get the dress size that I had been trying on (a size 20 was recommended and the size I was trying on was a 16). She said that even if I didn’t lose the weight they could make it work (corset back) and if I lost more they could take it in.

    Maybe you can use this time to look and see what you like. Remember that designers come out with new dresses for different seasons/years so you might find something you like more later on. Also, something that might not look good on you at this time might look good on you once you lose the weight so you might have more of a variety after losing some weight. Ultimately it’s your choice and you should do what you feel you can do and you feel that you are comfortable with. If you know that you’ll put in the work and can get to your goal realistically then getting a size or two smaller isn’t bad.

    Post # 10
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    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I understand it can be a lot of pressure to chose, but wouldn’t you rather find a dress you love that fits perfect rather than pick a dress now and risk wasting a lot of your mom’s money.

    It’s definitely possible. I was a size 16 (pushing 18 for awhile) about 2 years ago and now I’m a size 6. I dropped 5 sizes in about 10 months. But keep your goals small. It’s really easy to get discouraged if your goal is so big. Hit small goals first and find your joy there (if you know what I mean). I started off saying I just want to be a 12. Then I just want to be a 10. Then I just want to be 160. etc. etc. I honestly never thought it was possible for me to be this size, but I’d rather surprise myself positively than disapooint myself.

    If you absolutely must buy, I say get a couple sizes smaller but not all the way. Ask the salespeople about the difficulty in alterations for different dresses. Or better yet, educate yourself before you go about which styles are easier to alter.

    I know I’d be much happier if I had to get another slight alteration to a smaller size a couple months before the wedding than thinking if I don’t lose 40 pounds in the next 3 weeks I’ll have wasted $2000, you know?!

    Post # 13
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    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @AmandaY: lol, being competitive definitely helps! I competed with myself in a hundred tiny stupid little ways.  Could I not eat meat for two days? Could I drink only water for 3 days? Could I make the timer on the elliptical read 43:21? Could I eat nothing white all day? Could I finish a whole yoga class without getting out of the flow? Could I stand up or do exercises throughout my fave 30 min. TV show? I know it sounds silly, but those kinda things motivated me 🙂

    Post # 14
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You can still go dress shopping to get an idea, but I would not buy a dress until 8 months out from the wedding if I were you. at 8 months you have your possible 6 months to get the dress and 2 months to worry about all the alterations.

    Post # 15
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    3295 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    hmmm if you are still losing weight when you order the dress at 7 or 8 months out… i would just order it a size smaller than what you are at that time… that way you have a goal, but its not totally unattainable. 🙂

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