(Closed) would you purchase a dress without trying it on in your size?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my dress was a 10 and i’m a 0. i didn’t matter though…i could just tell! i’ll worry about whether or not i can walk in it once i get my actual dress. i was really worried about being able to walk at first since my dress is a mermaid and i don’t know how tight the thighs will be on me, but i let it go for my sanity. i’ll make it work.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Unfortunately that’s how it is with wedding dresses. Sample sizes are usually at least a 10 so that more people can fit in them. But if they take your measurements and tell you which size to order you’ll be fine. It’s tight in the hips in the 10? Did you get measured already? Your bridal size may not be a 4 if that’s your street size.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think very few people actually get to try on their dress in their size, since stores generally stock only one sample.  It does make me a little nervous, but since they’re all altered anyway, even a correctly sized sample may not fit as well as your actual dress will.

I think in your case, the best thing to do is post on weddingbee and ask other bees who’ve worn or are wearing this dress how it fit through the thighs and whether it was comfortable to walk in.  I’ve defintiely seen at least a few girls mentioned that they’re wearing that dress, so you should be able to get some help there.  😀

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I purchased my dress without it fitting me right. It was too small and too short, but the dress is made to measure so when I get mine it will be made for me.

If you are concerned about it being too tight, you could have them order a size up from your hip measurement and then tailor it down as you want.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You pretty much have to

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

just by seeing the title of your post, i was going to say yes.  but now that i know your dress is Jenna, like me!, i can give you better advice. i think you will be safe to get it.

i tried on Jenna in a size 6, i am normally a size 8, but the size 6 fit perfectly. it was perhaps a little snug at the back, but going up a size would make it too big.  but what the store people told me was that the way the corset is made on this dress, they can easily move it over an inch on each side to make to the dress fit better (of course i am trying to lose weight, so  maybe i won’t have to do this, but if i do have to, it will be simple).

so basically, it if it just a little too tight, the corset can easily be adjusted and even with how tightly you tie the corset you have tons of room for adjustment. so i totally think you are safe to order it in your size.

just make sure you get measured and the size you get is according to the maggie chart, not your regular street size!  if you are like me, you might then need a size smaller!  my measurements put me at a size 6 on the maggie size chart!

here it is by the way, if you want to see what size 6 looks like.  i will definitely need to have the bust taken in, another reason i didn’t want an even bigger size!

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Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s pretty standard to order a dress that you’ve never tried on in your size… Unless you go to David’s Bridal.

Do you need a 4 by the manufacturers measurments? My dress is fitted at the hip, so I actually needed to order a much bigger size to accomodate my bootie. My seamstress will have her work cut out for her taking the bust and waist down THREE SIZES.

Was the dress tight at the hip on you even in the sample size?

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

i meant to say the way the corset panel is sown in – panel is the word i knew i was missing!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would buy a dress as long as I could try it on and see if it was going to be flattering or not.   If you’ve tried it on in a larger size, you can see (by all the clipping and such) what it would look like if it actually DID fit you.  So, ask for the specific sizing chart and order a size that fits you.  

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

That’s what those Lion clips are for.. It’s an attempt to get the dress to look right on you.  Having said that, I always did find myself more attracted to dresses that were closer to fitting me than ones that totally hung!

And my sister had to order hers by just holding it up to herself, and that worked out ok, too!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought my dress without trying it on in any size, so yes.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I tried on a size 18, and ordered a size 8.  I could’ve easily ordered a size 6. The funny thing is, they went with the 8 because the hips were semi-fitted and they wanted them to be big enough- and when the dress came in the hips were HUGE.  But, like I said, with the seamstress it worked out fine.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I ordered my dress after trying on the store sample, which was a 10 I think and I’m a 4.  The consultants at the shop will be able to tell you what size to order based on your measurements.  If you’re concerned with it being too tight, then you should probably order it in the next size up, since it is easier for the tailors to make it smaller than bigger.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m suprised anyone can buy a wedding dress (unless its from a retail store) and be able to try it on in their size.  I suppose if you were somehow magically the sample size, but how many people have the exact proportion of a sample.  I think regardless of if its in your size you will have to alter and adjust so it will never be “right” when you try it on.  Mine was huge on me.

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