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Dress Sizing Guide

How do I know what size dress to order?

To determine your size for a particular dress it is necessary that you compare your bust, waist and hips measurements to the designer's size chart provided for the dress you wish to purchase. Sizing varies by designer, and it is important to remember formal dresses are sized differently than regular clothing. Your size in a formal dress might not be the one you're used to wearing. It is not uncommon to need one to two sizes larger in a formal dress.

We recommend that you choose your size based on your specific measurements and the dress' size chart. 
 It is important to choose the size that best fits all of your measurements, but most importantly fits your largest measurement. It is frequently the case that an individual's measurements will be between dress sizes, and in this case we recommend choosing the larger size. Most dresses can be altered to a smaller size by a tailor or seamstress for a perfect fit, but there is generally no seam allowance to let out a dress or make it larger.


When possible have your measurements taken by a professional seamstress. If you cannot be measured professionally ask a friend or relative to help you take them. Measurements should be taken in the undergarments you plan to wear under your dress. Take care not to pull the tape measure too tight so that the measurements reflect how you would want your dress to fit.

Bust Measurement - Stand up straight, with your arms at your side, and measure around the fullest part of your chest and back.

Waist Measurement - Measure the narrowest part of your torso or where your waist creases when you bend to the side.

Hips - Standing up straight, measure around the fullest part of your hips.


If you have questions about your measurements please use the contact form or give us a call at 919-644-8243 Monday - Friday from 10am to 5pm and we will do our best to answer your sizing questions!

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