Bridesmaid gown designers each have unique measurement size charts and they are not the same when comparing to each other or especially when comparing to street clothes sizes. Most run smaller than street clothes so do not be alarmed if you fall into a larger size than you are accustomed. You will need to take your professionally acquired measurements and apply to your gown’s designer measurement size chart to select your size. Gowns are not custom made to your provided measurements. If you are between sizes in the chart, always order the larger size since it is easy to take up a dress and usually impossible to let out due to modest seam allowances. Choose your size carefully as you may not have time to order another gown or additional fabric when it is too small. Most gowns will require alterations once it is received so please do not be surprised. Below is an example.
Choosing Your Size
If your measurements indicate different sizes for the bust, waist, and hip measurements, designers generally suggest ordering according to the largest measurement. Gowns can be taken-in, but due to the modest seam allowance in the gowns, there may not be enough fabric to release for a larger size.