Size; It’s Just A Number

14 Mar

  After this past weekend, I have decided that it’s time to tackle a very touchy topic with brides everywhere…bridal sizing.  I can honestly say that this is brought up at least once in every appointment, whether a bride finds her gown or not.  And trust me, I understand if you are used to buying a size 2 in True Religion jeans you don’t want to order a size 8 bridal gown. 

  Now, here are a few things that all brides should know before you go on a no-carb diet and hire a personal trainer for the next 12 months leading up to your wedding day. 

   No matter what your friends, your mom/mother in law, the bad reviews, or the bridal magazines say, we don’t purposely recommend and/or order a size that is too large for you, just so you can spend more money in alterations.  This bridal salon “money making” scheme is typically false (I say “typically” because I can’t vouch for all bridal salons in the area), and does not happen at reputable bridal salons.  If this was true, we would have very unhappy brides and seamstresses in our alterations department!

    When we order a bridal gown we take your measurements and compare them to the designer’s standardized size chart.  Let me say this again, THE DESIGNER’S STANDARDIZED SIZE CHART.  Every designer’s size chart is different, so you even though you may measure in a size 2 for one designer, you may also measure in a size 6 for another designer.

     The other thing to remember is that the majority of bridal designers have not adjusted their standardized size charts to reflect today’s ready to wear sizes.  Over the past couple years, the fashion industry has increased the measurements of ready to wear sizes, so today’s size 6 used to be a size 10, this is called vanity sizing.  It’s all psychological, the fashion industry knows it and we have all fallen victim to it…who doesn’t like the feeling of buying a size or two smaller than normal?? 

    If you are in between two sizes, take the consultant’s advice.  Usually, I always recommend ordering the larger size, because then you know the gown is guaranteed to fit when it comes in.  Yes, it will be bigger in certain areas, but that is what alterations are for.  Taking in a dress, is much easier than trying to let a gown out to fit.  One, you never know if there is any kind of fabric allowance within the dress’ seams.  And secondly, when releasing a gown there’s a high risk of damaging the fabric and/or the fabric could already be damaged due to the sewing machine’s previous stitch marks.          

    The other thing that consultants consider when we size you for your gown is your bust cup and ribcage.  Some designer’s size charts don’t reflect these two variables, and could affect your size.

   So unfortunately, when we compare your measurements to the chosen designer’s size chart, it may be a surprising, but it’s  reality.  You should not get upset during the sizing process, it’s just a number and it won’t be tattooed onto your forehead the day of your wedding. 

  I think that it is very important that a bride is comfortable with the size gown she is ordering, so I always encourage questions….I know you have them!  I would NEVER force a bride to order a size she didn’t want, but do remember, we are the professionals…we have experience with the designer’s/gown’s fit and alterations.  We size brides 24/7, so take our advice, or at least hear us out.


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