How to Measure
We have provided a size chart for all of the dresses on our site. To save time and to ensure accuracy we suggest you have a professional seamstress or at the least have someone else measure you for the most accurate sizing. DO NOT MEASURE YOURSELF.
Do not assume that the size jeans you wear is your dress size. You must be accurately measured and lookat the size chart.
How to measure:
Have someone else measure you. It is not always accurate when you do it yourself. Your body must be relaxed, standing straight with feet together and arms at your side. You should be wearing the garments you will wear under your gown. A support garment will change your measurements. Be sure you are wearing a proper bra. If you are large busted be aware that the bust must be lifted high on the chest and not at your waist. Gowns have darts in them for the bust at the level it belongs.
Bust: This is the fullest part of your bust. High across the back and around the front. This is not your bra size.
Waist: This is the narrowest part of your middle. Feel down your side for the dip of your waist. This is where you measure. If you have a very large midriff, take that into account. The waist is usually above the navel.
Hips: This is the fullest part of your hips. You know where you are the biggest. It could be your behind, your hips or tummy.
Hollow to Hem: This is the length measurement. From the dip at the base of your throat to your hemline.
How to choose your size: Remember that the formalwear size charts have nothing to do with "real world" sizing. You almost are always going to end up with a larger size than you normally wear. If your waist is the largest measurement choose the size that corresponds with that measurement. You do want to breathe don't you? You will just have to take the bust in...and that is the most common alteration there is.
OK, so now you have your measurements in hand and you are looking at the size chart. It seems you are 3 different sizes. Now what?
If your bust is the largest measurement...pick the size that corresponds with that measurement. Do you really want your guests looking at overflow throughout your event?
If your hips are the largest measurement consider the dress. Does it have a very full skirt? Is it an column that may ride up? Consider the style of the dress, if you are not sure, call us and we will be glad to assist you.
What if you are in-between sizes?The general rule is it is better to take in than try to let out. Are you just a little over? Then go smaller. Closer to the larger size? Get it and take it in. Odds are some alterations will have to be done anyway.
I am going to lose weight for my event. What size should I order? That is entirely your decision. Remember it can take up to 3 months to get a gown so choose the right size to begin with. There is nothing worse than have your dream gown be too small and having to settle for something less than perfect. If you really will lose weight go no more than 2 sizes smaller. You can always make a dress smaller but it is hard to make them larger.