Who doesn’t get excited upon being asked to be a bridesmaid for a wedding? After the excitement has died down, however, it’s only a matter of time before the stress of planning a hen party, ordering a gift, and buying a dress starts to set in. The latter can be particularly frustrating, especially if you have found the perfect dress, only to realise that it doesn’t fit you very well.
It’s rare to find a dress that fits perfectly off the rack with no alterations. Therefore, it’s a good idea to know your measurements to ensure that you order one the fits you the best. While you can visit a seamstress to have them take your measurements for you, you can also do it at home by yourself or with a friend.
Here are the basic measurements you’ll need to take to purchase the perfect bridesmaid dress:
The length of the dress
This is also called the hollow-to-hem measurement. Using a tape measure, measure the length of the dress from the hollow of your neck (centre of the collarbones) down to where the bottom (hem) of the dress should be. You may need the help of a friend for this measurement. If you are going to wear a floor-length dress, consider the shoes you will be wearing on the big day. If you are planning to wear three-inch high heels, add that height to the length of the dress. If possible, bring the exact pair of shoes or one with a similar height to wear when you measure the length that the dress has to be.
The size of the bust
To measure the size of your bust, put the measuring tape under your armpits, wrapping it around your bust or the fullest part of your chest and the widest part of your back. Make sure the measuring tape is wrapped correctly around in an even full circle.
The size of the waist
Your waist is the narrowest part of your body, between your bust and your hips. Don’t confuse it with the hips as most people do. Your waist is above your belly button and below your rib cage. If you aren’t sure where to find it, bend over on one side and see where the natural crease is. Wrap around the measuring tape to form an even circle. Relax and avoid sucking in your tummy.
The size of the hips
Stand up straight, relax, and keep your feet together. Then, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips and backside.
Once you have listed your measurements, compare that to the designer’s size chart. It is best to order the one that fits your largest measurement to ensure that the fit will be as flattering as possible. This will also make things easier if you need to bring the dress to the seamstress for alterations, as there will be more fabric to work with.
Read the designer’s size chart, which often explains the sizing standards they use. Remember that every designer is different, so their size charts are also different. Some of them may not run true to size, so it is not uncommon to order a dress that is a size or two larger than your normal.
If you’re looking to get a wedding dress for your special day, get in touch with Morilee today! We have a wide range of wedding dresses available to choose from.
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