How to Take Your Measurements
Initially, let me stress that it is best to have someone else take your measurements for you. You could stop by an alterations shop and have your measurements taken, or ask a family member or friend to help you.
The appropriate size chart for each gown is provided on the same page as that gown. Each different brand of gown will have their own company's size chart and there are often significant differences.
Bridal manufacturers determine the size of their wedding gowns by using three main measurements: bust, waist and hips. When comparing your measurements to a size chart, select carefully. You typically do not wear the same size as your normal street clothes. You can expect to go up in size, normally one to two sizes. Don't worry about it. No one will know (or care) what size you choose. The important thing here is to select your size accurately for the best fit possible. If you just select your usual jeans size, your gown will NOT fit.
Do NOT pull the measuring tape too tightly when taking measurements. You want the measuring tape close to your body but loose, and not tight.
Look carefully at the style of dress you are purchasing. If the dress is a Mermaid or Fit & Flare (which fit very closely to your body), your hip measurements will be the most important. If the dress is an A-line or Empire gown, your bust and waist measurements will be the most important.
All gowns will require some alterations. These gowns are not tailor made for you so they will typically need a nip and tuck here and there to fit you perfectly.
Bust Measurement: This is NOT your bra size and you cannot guess on this. You need to take this measurement with your bra ON. Run the measuring tape around your back and bring it across the fullest part of your bust.
Waist Measurement: This is your natural waistline -- not where you wear your jeans. It is the smallest part of your waist -- typically right above your belly button While it's tempting -- Don't suck in; you want to be able to breathe on your wedding day. You cannot get a true measurement if you are wearing your jeans, pants, or other clothing underneath. Take them off for these measurements.
Hips Measurement Measure the widest part of your hips -- This is usually about 7 inches below the natural waistline. Again, don't wear clothing or jeans underneath when taking this measurement.
While we offer this information to help in this area, we cannot choose the size for you. We cannot see you or personally take your measurements, and therefore cannot be held responsible if you are not happy with the size you choose. Proper fit is really subjective and to your individual taste -- one person may like a dress tighter than another, for example. Remember, dresses can be altered to take the dress in (make it smaller) much easier than trying to let it out to be larger.