What to Know About Wedding Dress Sizes—Don’t Freak at the Number!

Whether you’ve never shopped for a wedding dress before or you’ve been to a few bridal salons already, there’s one question many of our brides ask us, and that’s about how wedding dresses are sized. Brides will often explore our salon with their consultant, see a dress they want to try and look at the tag and feel confused—and for good reason! Find out why, below.

Sizing is just a number.

Bridal sizing isn’t like typical street wear sizing. While you might be a size 4-6 in jeans, you’re in fact a bridal size 8-10, and if you’re a size 14-16, you’re likely a 18-20.  Don’t worry about it–sizing is just a number! You’ll likely see most of our samples in a bridal size 8, 10, 12, 18, 20 or 22 to try on.

Trunk show dresses are hot off the runway and can therefore be small.

If you’re shopping during a trunk show, most styles are brought from the designer fresh off the runway. With that, don’t be discouraged if you see a sample in a size 2 or 4—we’ll likely receive our very own sample to try on in a standard bridal sample size 10 or 12 a few months after the trunk show.

Take your bust into consideration.

Most bridal samples have a B cup size to match, and plus size samples have a C or D cup. Don’t fret if your bust is not that size—as the size of the dress you order increases, so will the cup size. Some designers can customize the sizing and open the cup size to match your proportion as well. Learn more about shopping as a busty bride here. 

We have styles and sizes for everyone.

Here at Kleinfeld, we pride ourselves on our size inclusive selection, including the widest selection of bridal dress samples in sizes 20-32. Not to mention, you can order almost every one of our over 1500 styles in store in a bridal size 2-32, so there’s no need to worry about finding the size that fits you perfectly and makes you feel like the most beautiful and confident version of yourself.

Your measurements and size can be two different things.

When you say “yes” to your dream dress, a bridal manager will take three measurements—your bust, waist and hip. Your dress is then ordered to your largest measurement. Because designers do not accommodate a “split size”—meaning you may be a 4 on top but your hip measurement calls for an 8—we’ll order you a size 8 and alter it to fit you to your exact specifications.


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