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Sizing/Online Ordering Tips
As noted in the previous post (please review if need) you want to be sure to order the correct size base on how the dress fits you in the store. (Don’t forget about stretching as can often be the case with samples.)
In addition, please keep in mind that you always want to order for the biggest part of your body. For some that may be the bust and others that may be the hips or waist. Yes, it is possible that your bust could have you a size 8 while your hips or waist have you at a size 6 but you MUST order the 8. On the other end of that, a size 8 bust and a size 10 hip or waist you MUST order the size 10. What if you have a big difference in sizing from bust to hip? Depending on your body type you can be a 10 for bust, 8 for waist and 12 for hip. Again, you order for the largest measurement...the 12! You can always take in but letting out you are limited to the amount of in-seam, if there is any. On dresses with a lace overlay or chiffon let-out is limited due to "serged" or "French seams" of which there is NO let-out. Please don't risk it over a number. It is just a number." If you aren't sure if you are making a good decision on your purchase be sure to ask questions and you can even take pictures and send to me.
Please keep in mind I offer a MEASUREMENT Service, which is under the CATEGORY "QUICK APPOINTMENT" on the scheduler. It is a 15-minute appointment in which you bring the picture of the dress and designers sizing/measurement chart for that particular dress. I say for that particular dress as every style of dress by a designer can be a different size/measurement chart. Please be sure to come wearing comfortable clothes and regular bra. No sports bra as that compresses the bust and doesn’t allow for accurate measurement and no padded bra as it adds to the measurement. I will go over appropriate measuring and show you how to order the correct size. Please keep in mind there is a small fee for this service and is payable in cash only $10 for formal-wear and $30 for bridal wear.
Ordering Online can be very tricky especially when most dresses are made overseas. The standard sizing for USA and Overseas is very different. Typically their dress sizing is cut much smaller than ours, varying 1-4 sizes, depending on your body type. Please be advised that most will wear a larger size in a formal dress than they will in a regular/everyday dress, so please DO NOT get too focused on that number as it is just a number! So that aside, you may find you wear a formal size 8 (when you are a size 6) well factor in a dress from overseas and you may need to order a 10, 12 or even a 14. It is best that you educate yourself on the company you are ordering from and read the reviews. Again, I offer the MEASUREMENT service so please utilize that to your advantage so you aren't blowing your budget. Some online sites are great with returns while others don't accept or make it challenging then your left with trying to sell it or spending more money than necessary to make it work, if it's possible.
COMMON MISCONCEPTION: You can lose weight and not inches or lose inches and not weight! It better to SCHEDULE THE MEASUREMENT SERVICE and allow me to assist you in the thought process of your goals.
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POST #4 will be on 11/5.