Wedding Gown Sizing Tips and Tricks

Wedding fashion can be complex and nuanced. It can be a challenge to know where to start, particularly when it comes to selecting a wedding gown.  As you begin looking for a wedding dress you love, there are factors to consider, particularly the sizing of your bridal gown. Here are our tips to assist you in finding that perfect fit.  

Wedding Gowns Are Sized Differently from Street Clothes

Bridal gown sizing is based on European sizing from the 1940s. As street clothes sizing changed, bridal sizing has remained true to the original sizes. For this reason, most bridal gowns will run two sizes smaller than what you will see in ready to wear.  

Some bridal designers use their own size charts. The best plan is to go to a wedding dress shop, find dresses that you love, and try them on, disregarding the stated size.  Another consideration is the cut of the dress; the cut may have an impact on the way that it fits you.  

Ask Around About Bridal Sizing Charts Before You Go

A local bridal gown or boutique where you go to meet with a consultant, the consultant will have a size chart for their particular store.  Each shop may carry different designers with different sizing so take the advice of the consultant as you peruse their collection. 

The best way to determine what size you may need for a particular designer is to ask. Simply tell your consultant what size you normally wear.  For online bridal gown shopping, the procedure is a bit different. Most online sites will have a section in how to measure yourself for their line of gowns. For our online gowns, please review our FAQs and sizing guide by contacting us.

Find The Right Style For You and Your Measurements

As noted above, dress styles and cuts may have an impact on the gown sizing. If your measurements show you have similar measurements in the bust and hips and a smaller waist, you have the traditional hourglass figure.  You’re in luck, most of the wedding gown styles will look lovely on you. If you’re a bride with a smaller bust, consider an A-Line or a Ball-Gown style. An A-line style will also work for those with a larger bust. A petite bride has several styles to consider including  A-line, fit and flare , and sheath styles  to help elongate your body.

Lastly, you have the option to order a bespoke wedding gown, which will be custom made just for you. In addition to the standard measurements of bust, waist, and hips, they will also measure   higher hip, under bust, cup size, shoulder to waist, and waist to hem for the most accurate dress size.

With these tips in mind, start your search by visiting a bridal shop, and discussing your options with the in-store consultant.  If you’d like to start your search online, our bridal gown collection has a variety of styles and options for you to browse. 

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