A- We just spoke with a customer that wanted to call in and double check that she was selecting the size correctly for her daughter's bridesmaids dress. She got measured at a tailor (awesome) and her measurements were as follows: 35.5" (exact match to the 8), a 24" (size 2), and a 36" (size 4).
She should ORDER THE 8. This is what we call the PROPER SIZE. She'll fit comfortably in the bust area and this is what matters. The Waist & Hip will be loose - that's where alterations will come in. At the end of the day, "GO BIG OR GO HOME". Q- What if I'm prego? or planning to be prego?DO NOT WAIT!!! No 2 pregnancies are the same or can predict your final size. Plan Ahead and order early for extra alterations since your body is changing daily.
A- Order min. 2 sizes bigger than your current measurements put you at today. You will have to alter in closer to the wedding anyways because your body will change. Taking in is always cheeper and less stressful than not fitting into your dress and adding panels, corsets, or worse case having to order rush and entire new dress,assuming you can even get it made in time.
Q- Are you in between sizes?
A- GO BIG OR GO HOME. Read this help article that really expands on this topic. It's always better to go big and then alter in. If it's too small, you might get lucky ordering new fabric, but otherwise you're S-O-L. You might need to buy a whole new dress, assuming you can even get it made in time.
Q- Can't I just order my regular street size?
A- That doesn't matter. The size you normally get at the mall has NOTHING to do with how the designer makes their dresses when using their chart. So deciding on size based on your "street size" is DEFINITELY a bad idea. We always say on the phone - don't take the number personally. It's just a number used by the designer. Even between designers, a Size 6 with one is a Size 4 with another. And YES the dresses will come big either way. You need to order for the widest measurement so your seamstress can alter in before the wedding.