Designers use their own charts, so take your independent measurements and then refer to the manufacturers chart we provide to determine your proper size. DO NOT rely on your usual dress size to determine your bridesmaid dress or wedding gown size.
Always fit the largest part of the body and have your seamstress take it in where it is too large. A dress that is too small cannot be fixed. A dress that is too large by a size or two can be altered to fit. Watch out for weight changes. Small changes in pounds can make a significant difference in dress size.
The best option is to have a tailor take your measurements. If that is not possible, have a friend help you measure. Take the measurement yourself and then ask your friend to take the measurement. If the measurements differ, then re-measure.
Measure at the point on or across your belly button, your natural waist. Do not hold the tape too tight across your waist. It is always a good idea to leave a finger's width under the tape so that the tape can move.
Place the tape measure across the widest part of your back, under your arms, and across the fullest part of your bust (NOT under the bust). Lower your arms and take the measurement. Use a similar bra that you will be wearing with the dress. Your bust size is NOT your bra size.
You should take your measurement at the widest part of your hips. Place your hands on your hips, and put your thumbs at your natural waist, the tips of your fingers should be the area to measure. Only when a straight skirt is chosen (or when the hip is several sizes larger than the other measurements), will a hip measurement be critical to determine your size.
Most designers offer extra length. Consider ordering extra length if you are 5 foot 8 inches or taller with shoes on. Extra length is typically 5 inches longer and you may need to shorten the dress unless you are very tall. If unsure, it is better to have have a dress too long, and shorten it, instead of a dress that is too short that cannot be let down.
Most designers charge extra for sizes 18 and up. Extra size charges will vary by designer and will be listed in the product description.
Hollow-to-hem is a specific length measurement from the hollow in your neck to the hem of the dress. Since this can be a difficult measurement to take, we recommend using a professional tailor experienced with bridal gowns.