Let's Talk Bridal Sizing

Let's Talk Bridal Sizing

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Aug 15, 2023

Bridal sizing can be super weird and confusing, but don’t stress! We are here to help you every step of the way. 


First things first;  please know you are not defined by a number! You are so much more than the dress size you wear. This is just a made up number that helps us communicate to the designer how to best make a dress for you. From production to alterations the dress is made to fit you- not the other way around. 



Bridal sizing is going to be different from street sizing. Around the 1970s something called vanity sizing emerged. Clothing sizes shifted to become larger. Someone who was once a 6 would be around a 2 in vanity sizing. But, bridal never changed to fit this standard. Bridal sizing is the same as it was in the 1950s. 


In the same way your street clothes aren’t always an exact fit, bridal sizing is not an exact science. Every designer is a little different, and has their own size chart. Someone could be an 8 in one designer's chart and a 12 in another. Sizing could also differ based on the dress you are ordering! A bride wearing a fitted dress will need to consider hip measurements, whereas a bride wearing an a-line dress would only really need to consider bust and waist.


 How we determine sizing is measuring bust, waist, and hips then ordering closest to what you fit on a designers size chart. Say your bust bust and waist put you in a 14, and your hips put you in a 12, we would recommend a 14. When the dress comes in you’ll take it to a seamstress and alter the rest to fit perfectly.  If you are confused about the size being recommended to you don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to walk you through it. 


So- the number doesn’t matter! No one will even see it on your wedding day. What matters is you finding a dress you love and feel amazing in.


All photos by Lauren Anderson Photography




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