How to “Size Up” to your Wedding Dress

December 3rd, 20104:39 pm

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How to “Size Up” to your Wedding Dress

So you think you know what size you are.  Surprisingly enough, most women actually have no idea just what size they are!  We often wear the wrong jean size, the wrong bra size, and some of us even wear the wrong sock size without realizing it.  Though we may be able to pull off wearing the wrong sizes in our day to day wear, when it comes to your wedding dress, it’s a good idea to know what size you are prior going wedding shopping.

The Size Chart

The size chart, something that most women loathe and want nothing to do with.  It’s time to break out your measuring tape and start taking measurements!  There are three areas on your body that must be measured so you can determine your dress size:  Your bust, your waist, and your hips.  Once you have those measurements, you can use this chart below to determine your size (size chart is in inches).

Size 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 39 40 42 43 45 47 49 52 56
Waist 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 33 34 36 38 40 43 47
Hips 35 36 37 38 39 40 42 43 45 46 48 50 52 55 59

If your measurements happen to be between some inches in there that don’t fall into the chart, make sure that you always order one size up.  A larger size can always be altered to fit your body correctly, whereas a smaller size leave very little grace for any alterations if you put on even an extra 5 pounds.

TIP:  If you have a bottom or bust that is proportionately larger than the rest of your body, it may be a good idea to order two sizes up.  Choose sizes that will always fit the largest part of your body.

What About Height?

Yes, your height certainly does play a role in measuring for your wedding dress too.  If you aren’t entirely sure how tall you are, it’s time to break out that trusty ol’ measuring tape again and measure just how tall you are.  Here are some rules when it comes to ordering the length of your dress:

If you are 5’2” and under:  Choose what is commonly referred to as a “petite” size of dress.  The length will be far more flattering and require a lot less alterations

If you are 5’6” and under: Lucky you!  You can order the standard, regular size dress that most North American and European wedding dress shops offer.

If you are 5’9” and above:  You will have to ask about what the manufacturer of a particular dress can do to accommodate your height.  Take into consideration what shoes you will also be wearing on that day, as that will only make you even taller!

NOTE:  Different countries have slight variations on sizing and measurements.  If you are planning on having your dress come from Europe or Asia, make sure you ask them for their own sizing chart and base your sizing from their chart, not the one that is provided here.

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