A Useful Wedding Dress Sizing Guide

It can be difficult to know which dress size you are when it comes to buying wedding dresses in inches. However, if you haven’t got a clue about what a 34” waist means in terms of dress sizing, there’s no need to worry since we’ve brought you a sizing guide that gives you all the measures you’ll ever need to know.

One of the biggest problems that women encounter when shopping for any type of dress, let alone a wedding dress, is the variation in sizing between different shops. While you may be a size 10 in one store, in the shop next door you may find that you need to buy a 12 or even a 14 to get a good fit. To make matters even worse, wedding dresses are often slightly smaller in size than standard women’s clothing, so how do you decide what size to purchase? 

That’s why we’ve created this sizing chart for bridal wear. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect wedding dress for yourself or stunning separates for your bridesmaids, you’ll find all the sizings you need in this guide. 

Getting Prepared For Wedding Dress Shopping

Before you can even consider going shopping for your wedding dress you have to make sure that you’ve measured yourself correctly. This will allow you to go shopping armed with your accurate dress size. Not only that, but you’ll also know what that size converts to in terms of hip, bust and waist measurements. 

Of course, it couldn’t be more important to carry out those measurements accurately. It can be difficult to know where to place the tape measure when determining the size of your vital statistics, so read on to discover how to make sure you’ve got your measurements spot-on! 

A Uk Wedding Dress Sizing Guide – Measuring Yourself For Your Wedding Dress

A Measurement Guide For Your Hips, Bust And Waist

Whether you’re preparing to hit the bridal stores and find your dream dress, or whether you’re ordering your dress online, you’ll need to be certain of your dress size as this will prevent you from having to pay out for more expensive alterations after making your purchase. Follow this easy measurement guide and you’ll be sure to avoid this all-too-common problem. 

There are 3 main points to measure – the hips, the waist and the chest. Measurements should be carried out against your skin and not through your clothes so your measurements can be accurate. Make sure that the tape measure you use is a flexible one and that you don’t hold it too loose or too tight against your skin.

To measure your bust, pass the tape measure around your bust’s fullest part. Make sure that you’re holding the tape measure straight when it passes over your back.

To measure your waist, pass the tape measure around your waist’s smallest part. You can find this by bending (like a teapot) to one side and noting where your see the crease forming. This is the natural waist and is the measurement that you need for your wedding dress.

To measure your hips, make sure you’re standing with your feet placed together and pass the tape measure around your hips’ fullest part. Usually, this will be 20 centimetres down from your natural waistline.

Your Guide To Wedding Dress Sizes

The measurements that we outline here are the most common ones for any woman with a height of 5 feet 6 inches (or 168 cm). They range from a UK 4 up to a UK 26. They are accurate for both two-piece bridal separates or wedding dresses.

It’s important, though, to only use the measurements here as a rough guide. This is because, unfortunately, fit will always vary depending on the brand, style, fabric and cut. 

SizeHipsWaistBust
433”/83.5 cm24”/ 60 cm31”/ 78 cm
634”/86 cm25”/62.5 cm32”/80.5 cm
835”/88.5 cm26”/65 cm33”/83 cm
1037”/93.5 cm28”/70 cm35”/88 cm
1239”/98.5 cm28”/75 cm37”/93 cm
1441”/103.5 cm31”/80 cm39”/98 cm
1643”/108.5 cm33”/85 cm41”/103 cm
1846”/116.5 cm36”/92.5 cm44”/110.5 cm
2049”/123.5 cm39”/98 cm46”/116 cm
2251”/130.5 cm41”/105 cm48”/123 cm
2454”/137.5 cm44”/112 cm51”/130 cm
2657”/114.5 cm47”/119 cm54”/137 cm

Bear in mind that petite ranges (typically for women measuring under 5 feet 3 inches) and tall ranges (typically for women measuring over 5 feet 9 inches) differ proportionally so that they can fit a taller or shorter body shape. Therefore, taking height into account is essential when shopping for your bridalwear. 

How Do I Use This Size Guide?

Most bridalwear stores will measure you themselves. However, you should still make sure you take your own measurements with you. This is especially important if you need to ring ahead to find out whether the store you intend to visit has sample dresses available in stock for your size, or when you’re ordering a dress in the correct size online. It’s also essential to have your own measurements if you need to hire a seamstress to carry out alterations.

The sizing chart can be used for either converting your dress size to inches or, alternatively, your measurements to your accurate dress size. Remember, though, that all wedding dress designers use their own specific inches-to-dress-size chart.

When you use this sizing chart, it’s easy to compare your hip, waist and bust measurements quickly to the sizing guide supplied by your chosen wedding dress designer. After all your dress size for regular clothing may well be completely different to the sizing used by your chosen designer. Don’t feel upset by this though – remember, it’s not a reflection on you!

If your measurements come out saying that your hips, waist and bust are all different dress sizes (for example, your hips are measuring a 16, your waist is measuring a 12 and your bust is measuring a 14), it’s best to opt for a dress in a size 16. This will allow the wait and bust to be altered to the correct size to fit. This approach is the most flattering and it will also ensure you feel comfortable on your wedding day.