Get a Perfect Fit for Your Gown. Please do not guess at your size and do not use your street clothes size for formal wear. Most formal wear runs small usually one size smaller than your normal clothing size. Measure first---then match your size from the designer size charts below or the sizes provided in the listing. Order the size that comes closest to your measurements. If between sizes, choose the larger size as it is always easier to alter the dress down than to let it out.
How to Measure:
Measure over undergarments, keep measuring tape level and pull it snug, but not tight. If you will be wearing special undergarments with your dress, measure over those. If you do not have a measuring tape you can always use a piece of string and then measure it with a ruler.
A. BUST: Measure over unpadded bra at fullest part. (Your bra size has no relation to this measurement.)
B. WAIST: Measure at natural waist (or smallest part - usually about 2” above the belly button)
C. HIPS: Measure around fullest part of hips, keeping tape level all around.
For most formal wear the bust and waist measurements are the most important, but if your dress is fitted through the hips (mermaid or straight skirt), you'll need all three. It's easy to add cups or a bra to make the bust measurement fit correctly, so don't worry if you have to go up in size to accommodate your waist measurement. If you are looking for a flexible fit then choose a dress with lace-up back or sides to avoid problems with fit in the bust (and waist) because they allow for a more flexible fit. If you have a generous A-line, full, or ballgown skirt don't worry about your hip measurement as these skirts are easy to fit are very forgiving.
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