How to Measure and Size a Dress

TAKING THE BUST MEASUREMENT

a. Stand as straight as possible with your heels togethers and arms by your side while keeping your head pointed forward.

b. Position the tape at the widest part of your back and fullest part of your bust.

c. Take the measurement holding the tape firm but don't pull tight.

 

TAKING THE WAIST MEASUREMENT

a. Stand as straight as possible with your heels together and arms by your side while keeping your head pointed forward.

b. Choose the smallest portion of the waist (usually two inches above naval).

c. Take the measurement holding the tape firm but don't pull tight.

 

TAKING THE HIP MEASUREMENT

a. Stand as straight as possible with your heels together and arms by your side while keeping your head pointed forward.

b. Choose and measure the largest part of the hip.

c. Take the measurement holding the tape firm but don't pull tight.

 

SELECTING THE SIZE

  • When all of your measurements do no match a size on the chart it is best to choose the largest size on the chart and then have the gown professionally altered by taking in where appropriate.
  • Sometimes you can ignore the hip measurement if the skirt is full or an aline skirt. Contact a bridalcentredirect staff member at 403.258.3003 or info@bridalcentre.com for advise.

TIPS

  • If you are serious about ordering your dress online then sizing and fit is everything. Take the time and minor expense to pay a professional seamstress or tailor to professionally measure and review the size chart. We know this will save you a lot of expense and produce the best result for you.
  • Call us at 403.258.3003 and ask for a bridalcentredirect teammate to advise you in selection of size
  • Expect to budget for professional alteration service as most every gown will need to be altered professionally to guarantee service

CHOOSING AN ONLINE STORE

  • Look for reputation and an actual store location that has been in business for over 35 years.
  • Check your online store on designer websites to ensure they are authorized designer retailers. (EVERYTHING on our website is authorized by the designer).
  • If you live in Canada order from a Canadian Online Website.

 

BEWARE OF US ONLINE STORES

  • You will be required to pay duty fee's of 18% on the converted price of your dress. This amounts to over $100 on top of the advertised price.
  • You will be required to pay shipping charges along with customs clearance fee's which amount to $45-75 over the advertised price.
  • Typically you will not be able to return the dress and will face additional expense if there are problems with your dress choice.