How Wedding Dress Sizes Work
As one of the most important outfits of your life, you want to come out of your dress purchase feeling confident as a Kardashian, knowing your partner will be crying when they see you coming down the aisle of your dream venue. So why do we get hung up on the sizing so much?
The most important thing people forget when shopping for wedding dresses is that the sizes are VERY different to high-street brands. Typically they run one or two sizes smaller, so when you normally wear a 10 you might end up with a dress that’s a 14. That doesn’t mean you should go out and start starving yourself on the next diet.
DO NOT GET HUNG UP ON THE NUMBERS!
It’s actually all about how your measurements compare to that specific designers size chart. It’s not because they just want you to pay for alterations – and what’s so wrong with having your dress tailored to you? They follow a traditional European sizing spanning back 50 years. Though body types, trends and styles have changed, the sizing has not. It would be such a big undertaking to change wedding dress size charts around the world, as well as being very costly for designers and boutiques, large and small.
The best advice we can give is:
- Take your measurements.
- Order your dress based on the largest measurement you have.
- Budget for alterations.
It’s always possible to take a dress in, but you can’t always let them out. SeamsRite Alterations & Repairs are the perfect choice for alterations, an established and trustworthy seamstress based in Cheltenham.
So remember, don’t freak out about the numbers. Trust your consultant. You are beautiful no matter what.
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