How to know what size is best when trying on prom dresses…

There are several reasons why most prom girls wear different sizes in prom dresses. Let’s start with the simplest reasons for this…

Firstly and most importantly, there is not one standardised size chart from all prom dress designers. Therefore, you might be a one size in one designer and a different size in another designer – this is normal!! The sizes can also differ based on where the zip is placed on the dress or even the style of the particular dress you are trying, for example a fitted fishtail may be smaller than a loose jersey dress!

Although, this can be frustrating when trying on prom gowns, we do try to stress that you can sometimes range between at least three different sizes: your usual size, one size below that, and one size above that. There is no other way to avoid this fit challenge, other than trying on different sizes until you find the best fit for you!

Another reason prom dresses can fit so differently is because of the fabric used to make the prom gown. Some fabrics have a natural stretch due to the nature of the fabric. For example, spandex is added to many fabrics used to make prom gowns, including taffeta, satin, polyester and cotton. When trying on prom dresses, some  will have “fit flexibility,” meaning you can typically fit into a prom dress maybe one to two sizes below your ‘usual size’.

Most of us aren’t perfectly proportioned bodies with model heights so, if your bust measurement falls into a size 10 while your waist and hips fall into a size 6, you’ll need to wear the size 10 to fit the bust area and have the waist and hips taken in. Also, if your hip measurement is a size 6 and your bust measurement is a size 2, then in most cases the 6 would be the correct size. The best way to find the right size for you is just to try, try, try!

Finding a prom gown that does not require any alterations is very rare, but not impossible! We do say to try and focus on finding a dress that fits your body the way you want it to. Don’t get disheartened if a dress doesn’t come in your exact size. It’s easy to have adjustments made by a reputable seamstress, and this will ensure that the dress is the perfect fit for you. After all, you want your prom gown to fit you like a glove!

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