None of us want to go into a store and think that we are 2 sizes larger than we are, but that is exactly what happens when you shop for formal attire. As a general rule most formal dresses are going to be about 1 to 2 sizes smaller than our regular clothes. Unless you shop for formal attire on a regular basis, which most of us don't, this can be an upsetting discovery. But, I have good news! It happens to EVERYONE. Whether you are a 2 or 22, (in most cases) you will need a larger dress size than street clothing. It's just a fact, and I don't think manufactures are going to change that any time soon. You have to remember that you did not magically grow the moment you walked into the store, you are still the same size you were. So, my advice to anyone shopping for formal...Don't look at the size tag, look at yourself in the dress and pay attention to how the dress makes you feel. If you feel like a million bucks does it really matter what the label says?
Thank you to our beautiful model Jordan for helping us with our comparison.
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.