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IMPORTANT NOTES ON HOW TO FIND YOUR BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SIZE

Size Charts:

Each designer has their own size chart. It is important to note that you will likely be a different size in formal wear compared to your usual size and measuring in between sizes is common. Whilst the waist is the most important measurement, when in doubt it is suggested to choose the largest size. 

Our size charts list body measurements. All dresses are designed with room for movement, so you don’t need to account for extra space when choosing the best size for you.

Alterations:

It is uncommon for a bridesmaid dress to fit flawlessly without alterations. Alterations such as shortening the hem, taking in a bodice or shortening straps are often necessary to achieve the desired fit.

Remember, it is much easier to take a dress in than let it out.

Dye lots: 

If you are hoping for a perfect colour match, you will need to choose styles from the same designer and fabric group. 

Each dye batch of fabric may have a colour variation of up to 5% which naturally occurs during the dying process. The easiest way to avoid any variation is to order all dresses under the one order or at the same time. If you do order separately, let us know in the comments during check out what bridal party you are part of so we can order the dresses together on your behalf and check the dye lots for you. For example; “Bridal Party  Smith, 1 of 4 Bridesmaids” 

TAKING MEASUREMENTS AT HOME

Where possible, it is recommended to have measurements taken by our staff during your appointment or by a tailor/seamstress. 

If you take your measurements at home, here is some important information to note:

  • You will only need to measure your bust, waist and hips. 
    • Bust – take the measurement from the widest part of your bust.
    • Waist – take the measurement from the smallest part of your waist. Your waist measurement will often be critical in determining your size. Your natural waist is the narrowest part of your torso, typically just below your rib cage and about 2 inches above your belly button. We recommend measuring your waist a few times so you’ll have an accurate number. 
    • Hips – take the measurement from the widest part of your hips, usually around 9” below your waist. 
  • You’ll need a soft, flexible measuring tape.
  • Wear the undergarments and shoes (or similar) that you’ll be wearing on the day.
  • Always keep the tape parallel to the floor. 
  • Make sure you are measuring in the correct spot, and breathe normally while measuring. 
  • It is recommended that someone else take your measurements as taking your own measurements may not be accurate. 

Do not forget, we have an amazing Try Before You Buy service which gives you access to all our Brisbane showroom dresses to try on from the comfort of your own home. This is a great way to check the fit of your design before you purchase! Learn more here

MATERNITY

We understand it can be difficult when you are expecting to choose the perfect bridesmaid dress and the correct size so here are a few tips to help you. 

  • In general if you are less than 4 months pregnant, most bridesmaid dresses can be ordered in a size up from your regular size to match the rest of the bridal party. 
  • If you will be more than 5-6 months pregnant, we highly recommend choosing one of our maternity styles as they allow for more room around the belly. Maternity styles follow a different size guide to regular styles. 
  • Bust sizes will increase during the pregnancy and post pregnancy (if breastfeeding) and should be considered when ordering the appropriate size.
  • If you would prefer to hold off ordering, many of our designers offer a rush service at an extra fee. Please keep in mind we cannot guarantee orders placed separately will be cut from the same dye lot.

You can find our full range of maternity styles here

EXTRA LENGTH 

In general, if you are 5’ 8” or taller and wearing a 2” heel or higher, you may want to order extra length. Deciding to order extra length will depend on how close to the floor you prefer your dress to fall. The extra length option adds a fixed amount of length (which varies between our designers), so you may need to have the dress hemmed to your desired length.

FABRIC CONSIDERATIONS

If your measurements place you between sizes, you may want to size up or down depending on the stretch of the fabric. You’ll also want to consider whether you prefer a tighter fit for dresses made from a stretchier fabric.

Below is a general guide for each fabric:

  • Non-stretch – this fabric has no stretch and cannot be let out without damaging the material. These dresses may run small, when in between sizes you may need to size up.
    • Luxe Chiffon, Luxe Charmeuse, Crepe, Tulle
  • Some stretch – this fabric has some give and is generally true to size.
    • Satin, Knit Crepe, Soft Tulle
  • Stretch – these styles may run large, if you prefer a snug fit a size down may be suitable. 
    • Stretch Velvet, Stretch Satin, Luxe Jersey