Wedding dress sizes vary from regular everyday clothing sizes. In order to choose the right size and must know how to measure yourself. Next, look for a size chart to determine your correct size according to your measurements.
Today online shopping is a convenient way to purchase a beautiful dress for less so getting your sizing knowledge up to speed is a must.
In the traditional dress shopping experience, you are limited to what the shop has on hand. Online dress shopping gives you lots of size choices, plus sizes, colors and many styles.
Most wedding dresses need some alterations when you get the final product. It is easier to take in fabric then let out fabric, which makes getting one size up from your wedding dress size may be something you want to consider depending on the style of the dress.
So let's talk about how to measure yourself.
A typical sizing chart looks like this -
A couple pointers when determining your size -
Expect to have a dress size 2 to 4 sizes larger than the size you normally wear. Most gowns can be taken in to fit 3 to 4 times but only taken out 1 to 2 times.
If you are unsure about gaining a little weight, choose a dress that has a lace up back rather than a zipper. This gives you much more leeway for fabric to give.
Mermaid and trumpet dresses are the least forgiving. They are often tight fit so you really have to know your size.
Ball gowns are more adaptable to fit.
Sleeveless gowns are great option if unsure of sleeve sizing.
A-line dresses are most common and flattering to most figures.
Column dress can be simple and elegant, and lend themselves to tall and narrow body types.
For informal receptions, tea length dresses flatter most figures.
Whatever your figure, there is a dress out there for you.