(Closed) Will a size 16w fit a size 20 if a corset back is put in?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
11480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Are you a bridal size 20 or a street size 20? Either way, I would not risk trying to go down at least two sizes by purchasing that particular dress.

Post # 3
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t buy a dress that the fit hinged on me losing weight. I had designs on losing a bit of weight in the year before the wedding, but it just didn’t work out that way. I’m a stress-eater on top of all the wedding events (engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette) and mutiple tastings plus being way too busy to commit to my regular exercise routine. Long story short, it’s better to get a dress that fits you now and have it taken in than the reverse.

Post # 4
9737 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

No, I don’t think so, sorry. Bridal sizes run small as-is, and a 16W in bridal I *think* is more like a 14, right? (someone correct me if I’m wrong). I wouldn’t put that extra pressure on myself if I were you.

Post # 5
81 posts
Worker bee

It depends on if you are listing the street sizes or the wedding industry dress sizes.

Honestly though, I think that is much too large of a difference. What if you keep trying to make it fit, and then a few months away from the wedding you realize it can’t happen? You will be out money and scramble for a dress. 

I think you should use the tons of time you have before the wedding to wait for another size of that same dress to pop up.

I think it’s more likely that another dress in a closer size will show up than it is to expect to loose THAT much weight before the wedding. You don’t want that hanging over you for 15months, trust me!!

Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s only a 2 size difference.  You might even be able to have it let it out if you lose a bit of weight, but it will definitely work with a corset back.


Post # 9
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Are you a 20 or a 20W?  If you’re a Misses 20, you might be OK.  If you’re a 20W, I wouldn’t risk it.  It was my undestanding when shopping for my mom’s MOB dress that a 14W was a lot different than a 14 Misses.  For example, Alfred Angelo gives their measurements for a 16 as 41.5-34.5-45 and a 16W as 43-37-48.  

I’m not sure how David’s runs, but my bridal gown is a bigger size that I’ve ever worn and it’s a squeeze.  I had to buy a 16 (and would have needed an 18 in some styles) and I typically wear a street 12/14

Post # 13
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

crissynicole:  I’m not sure how much room a corset back would give you.  Best thing to do would be to ask a seamstress and get a quote for the cost of adding the corset back.  I think it will look prettier with the corset back.  It will make the transition from the bodice to the skirt more fluid.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by  seeker.
Post # 14
2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

crissynicole:  look up the size chart for that designer. If u contact David’s bridal they can tell you what the measurements are for each size. Compare those two sizes to your measurements then ask a seamstress how much wiggle room a corset will give you. In bridal, each size up usually is a difference of 1-2 inches per measurement. If the corset can give you a few inches without losing the weight its totally worth it.

Post # 15
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

crissynicole:  honestly, I agree with pp that it’s only two sizes – not crazy. And, $400 is not an insane amount to part with. I would probably give it a shot.

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