Here are some tips to help you order the correct size. If you don't have a measuring tape, use a piece of string and hold it alongside a ruler.
Wear the bra you will be wearing with the dress, and pull the tape across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side to find the crease, that’s your natural waist. Pull tape across the narrowest part and keep tape slightly loose to allow for breathing room
Stand straight and pull tape across the widest part of the hips and rear
Hollow to Hem
Stand up straight with bare feet together and measure from the center of the collarbone, down to where the hem of the dress should hit (excluding any train).
Bridal Sizing Chart
Bridesmaid Sizing Chart
How to Measure
How to Pick the Best Dress Size at Lasting Love Bridal
From 42 shades to infinite sizes, Lasting Love Bridal is your one-stop-shop for bridal wear, bridesmaids' gowns, and other special occasions. Although our showroom is located in Irvine, California, we're happy to serve you via a virtual appointment online from anywhere in the continental U.S.!
Now, when it comes to gown fittings, there's no telling whether a formal gown will fit correctly and compliment your overall aesthetic until you try it on. Yes, we know this could be a difficult task if you shop with us online. But we're here to tell you that there is hope! Our trained and knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you and the bride tribe through the entire process. Not only are we going to share our style and fitting guide with you, but our experienced stylist will be able to give you a curated collection of gowns that will suit your body type the best.
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You see, when it comes to formal wear, comfort is vital. Think about it, whether you are a bridesmaid or the bride, you need to think about the weather and the duration of the event. How many hours are you going to wear this gown for? Is it going to be extremely hot or cold?
When you meet with our stylist via virtual appointment or in-person at our Irvine Showroom, these will be critical takeaways for deciding which gown will fit you the best. Yes, as the saying goes, "beauty is pain," but it doesn't necessarily mean you can't be comfortable for such an important event.
Measuring Yourself for a Special Occasion Gown
Now let's talk about sizing. Our expert wedding stylists at Lasting Love Bridal have compiled some much-needed tips to help you pick the correct size. Even if you think you are the same size across multiple brands universally, we always suggest you measure yourself with a measuring tape to get the best fit.
Before you panic looking for a measuring tape, you can always use a piece of string and hold it alongside a ruler after gathering the length for your bust, waist, hips, and hollow to the hem area. Let's start off with the bust area.
When measuring your bust, you want to wear the bra you'll be wearing with the wedding dress or bridesmaids' gown. Make sure to pull the measuring tape across the fullest part of the bust. If you're using a piece of string, you can cut the string at the start and endpoints and then label it accordingly so that you don't confuse it with another piece of string.
Traditionally, most dressmakers consider the waist measurement to be taken at the "natural waist," which is higher than most expect. Need help finding your natural waist? Bend to one side to find the crease under your ribs and above your abdomen. That crease is your natural waistline. Now, pull the measuring tape across the narrowest part of this area and keep the tape slightly loose to allow for breathing room. If you're using a piece of string, you can cut the string at the start and endpoints and then label it accordingly with a post-it note.
The hips are also significant when measuring for a bridal gown or bridesmaids' dress. You can do this while standing straight, with feet shoulder-width apart and pulling the tape to the hips and buttocks' widest part. Make sure you label the piece of string; if you're not using a measuring tape, measure it alongside a ruler afterward.
Last but not least, measuring the hollow to the hem will help determine the appropriate length for your bridesmaids' gown or wedding dress. You can do so by standing up straight with bare feet together and measuring from the center of the collarbone and then straight down to where the hem of the unique occasion dress should hit. This does not include the dress train if you're measuring for a bridal gown.
Once you have measured all of the four points on your body, look at our bridal sizing chart and bridesmaids sizing chart. If you need help figuring out the best dress size from our collection regarding your measurements, you can ask our stylist for help via an in-person or online appointment. Need more pointers? Check out our YouTube sizing guide tutorial for wedding and bridesmaids' dresses here.
Wedding Dress Style for Body Types
Another rule of thumb is getting to know what body type you have. This comes down to the dress silhouette you aspire to debut on your special day. There are five main types of special occasion dress silhouettes. That includes:
When it comes to body types, there are also five categories which include:
- Hourglass Shape
- Apple (Round) Shape
- Rectangle Shape
- Triangle (Pear) Shape
- Inverted Triangle Shape
The A-line style and Empire style dress are most commonly used for all body types. Meanwhile, the Sheath Dress compliments the hourglass or rectangle body types the most. A Mermaid Gown is perfect for a triangle (pear) shape or an hourglass body type. Check out the LLB silhouette style guide here for more in-depth details. And in all reality, it's really up to you to choose the best dress for your body type.
Frequently Asked Questions at Lasting Love Bridal
Congratulations! You're getting married or selected to be a part of the bride tribe for 2022 or 2023. Planning is crucial for weddings, no matter how big or small. This is why our dedicated staff and stylists are here to help you with any questions you may have before the big day!
What should I wear under my wedding dress?
Seamless undergarments are a must for special occasion gowns. Although, it really depends on the style of the dress and what makes you feel the most comfortable. There is something for every type of dress, from short spanxs to thong style nylon underwear.
Keep in mind that a form-fitting dress might require shapewear undergarments instead of the typical seamless type. If your wedding gown features a low cut-out back or illusion style material, the best way to wear the dress may be without any undergarment. Make sure you're comfortable with this option before purchasing the dress.
I'm pregnant; which wedding dress style best suits a growing belly?
Here at Lasting Love Bridal, we've had a handful of clients who have unexpectedly gotten pregnant during the process of wedding planning. If you're already pregnant or suddenly realized this news, we congratulate you on the fantastic announcement! Now, we're here to help you not freak out.
There are plenty of wedding dresses that can suit a growing pregnant belly. These types include an empire waist dress or a flowy but full skirt gown. The key here is to have the waist seam right under the bust. This allows for your growing belly to have plenty of space underneath. There really is no way of telling how big the expectant stomach might get closer to the wedding date, so play it safe with these types of gowns:
- Wedding Dress Lulu
- Bridesmaid Dress Emma
- Wedding Gown Lorelai
- Bridesmaid Gown Dawn
- Wedding Dress Leah
- Bridesmaid Dress Margie
How should I store my wedding dress or bridesmaid's gown before the wedding?
Ensure that the space you choose to store your special occasion gown is safe from dust and mold and away from pets and children. You should try to lay your dress on a flat surface, especially if it has multiple layers and heavy beading. It should be safe to hang if your gown is pretty light in weight and has about 2 to 3 layers max.
How should I store my wedding gown after the wedding?
Before taking your wedding gown to the local dry cleaners, make sure you read the label thoroughly. There may be specific details on what type of cleaning solutions can be used on the material. Double-check with your dry cleaner to ensure they have the correct tools and solvents for your wedding dress before you begin the order.
A word of advice from our LLB stylist, "the sooner you get the wedding gown to the dry cleaners, the better!" Even if your dress looks pretty clean, invisible stains might start to set in and can either create yellow colors over time or, worse, mold growth!
After you've successfully had your wedding dress dry cleaned:
- Make sure you store it in a special preservation box.
- Do not keep the dress in plastic, as it can attract unwanted moisture.
- Do not hang your wedding gown and store it in a closet.
- Ensure that the dress is flat or gently folded and away from direct sunlight.
I'm getting married by the ocean. Should I purchase two different wedding gowns?
Yes, yes, and YES! Especially if your wedding ceremony is going to be held on the sand. Our stylists advise you to purchase a shorter-length dress or one without a train. Having a shorter-length wedding gown will make it easy for you to walk over sand or up and down a hill. If you want to have that classic long train, you can have a wardrobe change and debut it on the dancefloor later on in the evening.
At Lasting Love Bridal in Irvine, California, we make it easy and affordable for you and your bride tribe. Get in touch with our staff today to book an in-person or online virtual appointment. We’re ready to make your wedding dreams come true. Cheers!