This article includes helpful information related to our standard sizing option, including the following topics:
HOW OUR SIZING DIFFERS
Our sizing is completely different from retail sizing as bridal clothing tends to be more structured and less stretchy than regular clothing. We cannot determine your size by your bra or pant size, so you will need to measure yourself and compare your measurements to our size chart to find your best size.
Our sizing runs true to our size chart but the measurement sets listed on the size charts reflect the measurements of the person who would fit most comfortably in that individual size. They do not reflect the true dress measurements as we do add a little wiggle room to standard size dresses for comfort.
FINDING YOUR SIZE
The best way to determine your standard size in our dresses will be to measure your Bust, Waist, and Hips with a soft measuring tape (not a ruler or construction measuring tape) according to our guidelines and then compare those to the designated size chart for your item (found on each item page when you click the "What Size Am I?" button). Our main size charts can be found on our Size Chart Page. The chart will have different tabs depending on the item you plan to order; below is our bridesmaid size chart.
When you compare your measurements you may find that yours don't align exactly with the measurements on the chart. That's okay! If you find your measurements are between sizes, choose the larger size. Here is an example of how to properly find your size:
My bust is 35.5 inches, my waist is 28 inches, and my hips are 38 inches. The best match to my bust is an A8, the best match to my waist is the A6, and the best match to my hips is the A6.
Based on this, my best standard size will be the A8. Anything smaller may not fully zip up.
For our customers using our French and Mexico websites, you'll find our Size Chart offers our sizes in both inches and in centimeters and you'll still be able to use the above instructions for determining your best size in centimeters.
If you are between sizes and you have time before you need to place your final order, we have an extensive At-Home Try On Program that allows you to try on real dresses from the comfort of your home to help find your best size and fit. You can learn more about the program here.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind when finding your best size:
- When measuring, be sure to wear close fitting clothing (like leggings and a tank top), any shapewear you plan to wear, and a supportive bra (whether you plan to wear one with your final dress or not).
- If you've purchased a bridal gown or bridesmaid dress from another bridal company, you will still want to measure since sizing can differ from company to company.
- Not every style fits the same. Strapless styles tend to fit snug to provide more support while styles with straps can run a bit bigger in the bust (an easy fix for a seamstress).
- If you order a
- Sizing for Bridesmaid, Bridal Gowns, and Mother of the Bride dresses is exactly the same, the only difference is that we use A0-A30 for non-bridal gown dresses and WD0-WD30 for Wedding Dresses.
- Junior sizing will differ as the dresses are for children, not adults, but you'll measure juniors and determine their best size the same way as adults.
HOLLOW TO HEM
On our size chart page we include a table to let customers ordering standard sizes know what length their standard size will be based on the length of their chosen style and their size:
The measurement Hollow to Hem refers to the length of the dress while on if you measured from your hollow (the soft spot between your collarbones) and down to the hemline or end of the dress.
A bridesmaid who is size A10 and is ordering a knee length style will get a dress that is 38.5 inches long. To see where the hemline or end of the dress will hit them, the bridesmaid can measure from their hollow down 38.5 inches.
Please keep in mind that the Hollow to Hem measurement has nothing to do with custom sizing. This measurement is only used for standard sizing. The Hollow to Hem chart and our other size charts only refer to standard sizing.
PLUS & PETITE SIZING
At this time, we do not have any sizes that are specifically designed to be "petite" or "plus size" but because inclusivity is so important to us, we offer a wide range of standard sizes and a custom size option.
If you can't find a standard size that works for you or would require extensive alterations to fit, we do offer custom sizing, which takes into consideration bust, waist, hips, hollow to floor and height to create a dress just for you. Read our Custom Sizing FAQ for more information.
No matter what bridal company you shop with, you will likely need to get some alterations if you order a standard size. This is because standard size dresses are intended to fit more body types and heights so the length and straps can be long.
If you would like to reduce the cost and need for alterations, you can always order a custom size dress instead. With custom sizing we cut the dress to your exact measurements for a closer overall fit compared to standard sizing but you still may need some adjustments.
Read our Custom Sizing FAQ for more information.
If you do end up needing alterations, we recommend shopping around and getting quotes before settling on a seamstress. If you can describe what needs to be done over the phone, the seamstress can generally give you a quote and timeline for how long that will take.
NOTE: Don't wait to book your alterations appointment. If you already suspect you will need alterations or are not sure, set the appointment in advance to be safe. You can always cancel later. Seamstresses become very busy between March and September.
CHANGE STANDARD SIZE MEASUREMENTS
Standard size dresses are made to pre-determined measurements so we are unable to make changes to the measurements.
If you tried a standard size and it fit well but was maybe too long, we recommend ordering the same size and just having it hemmed up to ensure you get the exact same fit.
If you tried a standard size and it didn't quite fit, you can always order a custom size dress instead. With custom sizing we cut the dress to the exact bust, waist, hips, height, and hollow to floor measurements given.
Please just keep in mind that we never recommend ordering a custom size using the measurements of a standard size dress, so even if you fit into an A12 and only want a few changes, you will need to provide your measurements, not the measurements of the A12.You can learn more about this on our Custom Sizing FAQs.
A NOTE ABOUT UPSTUDIO AND SPECIAL OCCASION DRESSES
We are now offering a selection of ready made Mother of the Bride styles in our new UpStudio Collection.
All of these dresses have their own unique size chart so be sure to click the "What Size Am I?" button to pull up the unique size charts for these items:
We also offer a selection of special occasion dresses, perfect for any formal event, under our Dresses section of the website that also have unique size charts.