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WEDDING DRESS SIZES
There are two sizes that describe a wedding dress:
- the size on the dress label: "label size"
- the wearer's typical or "street size". This is the size the wearer most often purchases.
Among designers, label sizes vary. For this reason, most dresses on MARRYJim show both the street and the label size.
As designers cut gowns differently than regular clothing and use different label sizes, you might have to choose a size that is smaller or larger than you normally wear. Use the designer’s own size charts, if available, as a guide to determine what size you should order.
If you fall in love with a dress that is one or two sizes bigger than your usual size, it should be easy to have it altered by a tailor. Even the widening of a dress is quite often possible. If you order a dress from a designer through a bridal store, most of the time it will arrive a little large, and will require some minor tailoring anyway.
You can also look into the measurements of the bust, waist and hips that are usually indicated in details on the dress site.
HOW TO MEASURE
Hold the tape measure firmly but not too tightly around the body. It’s not supposed to press in. Stand up straight, in a natural pose, with your heels together and arms resting by the side of your body. Do not pull in your belly. Obtaining accurate measurements is easiest when someone else helps you with the measuring.
A Bust - Measure the bust line at the fullest part of your chest. Pull the tape as tight as you can without changing the shape of your breasts. While you are being measured, your arms should be at your side and relaxed.
B Waist - Wrap the measuring tape around your torso, at the smallest part of your waist. Typically this is an inch or so above your belly button and is also known as the natural waistline.
C Hips - Measure with the tape around the fullest part of the hips.
Once you have taken your measurements, you can use them as you browse through the offerings to judge whether the gowns might fit. Most gowns will require some alterations to obtain the correct fit.
Our charts below will also help you to find the appropriate size. They help you to find the relevant size in a different country and show how your measurements will equate with the street size measurements.
The following countries were combined:
US (USA, Canada), DE (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Rest of Europe), IT (Italy),
UK (UK, Ireland), FR (France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal), AUS (Australien, New Zealand).
YOUR CORRECT STREET SIZE IN CENTIMETERS
YOUR CORRECT STREET SIZE IN INCHES