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Why do wedding gowns have to run so small??

Deb, on October 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 44
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I just bought my gown, but the size is 3 sizes larger than what I normally wear in clothes (6). It freaked me out a bit, especially when the saleswoman kept telling me "gowns run small." I thought Ok, up a size... but THREE sizes to a 12? I find this rather dumb of gown manufacturers..... Most of us want to feel good about our size... and those larger numbers put a bit of a negative spin on "dress trying on"... Does anyone else feel this ?

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  • hellothere
    Super May 2014
    hellothere ·
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    I know!! Also, why do stores have such crappy lighting in their changing rooms? If I was a designer I would make all clothes run 2 sizes big and have Oprah lighting in all my stores.

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  • Jackie
    VIP July 2014
    Jackie ·
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    No... i went to DB and i wear a size 22 jeans, and my dress that fit perfectly was a size 22

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  • Mrs. Shanon V
    Master May 2014
    Mrs. Shanon V ·
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    I get it. I was an 8 when I tried on dresses and my wedding dress size was a 14.

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  • Kate
    Master December 2013
    Kate ·
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    I was just thinking about this today ... in real life I wear a dress size 6 (pants size 8) and my wedding dress is a 12. it makes zero sense to me. thankfully i get it and i'm not insecure about it, but it just seems so stupid

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  • Barbara
    Master September 2014
    Barbara ·
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    I think it is because of British sizing, and not all designers use it, so to me the inconsistency is even more annoying.

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  • ChampagneTaste
    VIP September 2014
    ChampagneTaste ·
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    For my bridesmaid dress I was a size 22!!!! But I'm a 12 in everyday life. I was really pissed

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  • CeCe
    Master May 2014
    CeCe ·
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    I'm a 6 or 8 in everyday dresses and I was a 14!!!! in my wedding dress.

    Crazy...

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  • Brivinah
    Devoted December 2014
    Brivinah ·
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    Omg, where are you ladies shopping? That's pure craziness!!!

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  • N
    Master September 2014
    Now I'm Mrs_M ·
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    I'm an everyday size 8, and my wedding gown was ordered in a 10. It's still going to be large, but it needs to be in order for the seamstress to take it in. I'm glad I didn't run into any of those issues. Going from a 12 to a 22 or an 8 to a 14 is ridiculous.

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  • ChampagneTaste
    VIP September 2014
    ChampagneTaste ·
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    The worst part is they asked me what my dress size was and they said they would order one size up as I was pregnant and not sure what my size would like after...so of course the 14 didn't fit at all, barely covered side boob then I had to pay an extra 250$ for alterations. Like just tell me your sizes run small, you can clearly see I'm not a 12 in your store!!!

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  • mrsrobinvalentine
    Master February 2014
    mrsrobinvalentine ·
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    You just don't know how this really irks me. I asked to see the sizing chart and figure out based on my waistline, I had to go up in size. In November, me & my BP is going back to DB to order their dresses and I will be looking at that designer's sizing chart too. I read where they ask brides, "What's your street size?", I never heard that term used before, "Street size", smh On the flip side, at DB brides have to pay for alterations.

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  • ArborDay
    VIP April 2014
    ArborDay ·
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    Exactly what I said when I bought my dress. They are trying to give girls complexes about their weight! I measured in between a 6 and an 8. I wear a size 0 jeans. I told the lady, what the hell will girls who are normal sizes feel when they have to order a size that makes them feel huge.

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  • LB
    Master May 2014
    LB ·
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    Totally agree. It's like they want to make us feel fat or something. I don't understand it at all.

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  • Jess08
    Super July 2013
    Jess08 ·
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    I had the same feeling. I'm not plus size in street clothes, but I'm plus size in bridal dresses.

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  • F
    Super March 2014
    FordGrl ·
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    I thought it was ridiculous too. I wear a size 0/1 jean, and I bought a size 4 dress and it's still too big. But, there was no way my big booty was fitting into a size 2! I thought it was weird.

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  • Glenda
    Master October 2013
    Glenda ·
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    My Alfred Angelo gown was 2 or 3 sizes smaller than my regular size...

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  • Jas
    Devoted February 2014
    Jas ·
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    I completely agree. My wedding dress is a size 10 and I normally wear a 2!

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  • D
    Dedicated June 2014
    Deb ·
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    Got my dress at David's but have heard about this "size fiasco" in other companies, too. I'm not letting it affect me but Jeez, gown makers, what are you thinking???

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  • KM
    Master March 2015
    KM ·
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    Ladies, it's a number. Calm down.

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  • Private User
    VIP October 2022
    Private User ·
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    From DB sizing, I am a size 18 or 20. I was not happy, when I normally wear a 14...

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