Breaking Down Bridal Sizing

Breaking Down Bridal Sizing

Bridal gown sizing is often a hot topic when brides are shopping for their wedding gown. It can be a bit confusing, so we thought we would break it down for you. 

Bridal sizing is based on traditional European sizing from the 1940s. Ready to wear sizing in the U.S was adjusted over the years, but bridal has remained true to original size charts. That is why, for the most part, bridal sizing runs 2 sizes smaller than ready to wear (what you would buy when you are shopping in J. Crew for example).

Here at The White Dress by the shore, we do our best to accommodate brides with samples that work for every shape and size. We believe it is important for brides to not only see the fit of the gown, but to feel good while they do it! With that being said, most of our samples are a bridal size 10 or 12 which would therefore be an 8 or 10 in street sizing.  We also have a selection of gowns sized in 12-14 and we carry full figured samples in sizes 18-28, which you can view a sampling here! 

For our sample sale, be prepared for most of the gowns to be a bridal size 10 or 12!  During the sample sale, you will buying the gown right off the rack, so the size that it is in is the size that you will be purchasing.  We offer in house alterations and can safely take a dress in up to 2 sizes. But, our seamstresses our absolute miracle workers and we have seen them take dresses in an out up to 4 sizes!  If a gown is too small, they can also work their magic to make the gown larger by adding in a gusset or panel. So, don’t let size scare you when it comes to shopping samples, we have something for everyone and our stylists are here to help you navigate through your options and to customize your gown to make it perfect for you!  

Click here to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to helping you find your dream gown!

xoxo, TWD