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Retro Bridal Gowns, Everyday Dresses and Swimwear. Custom Sizing Available.

Sizing for Wedding Dresses

What size wedding dress should I order?

Dresses are custom made to order from your measurements. Simply send us your measurements with your order. It is essential to take your measurements as standard sizes can vary between shops.  AND, be honest with your measurements.  If a size seems too small, order a size up so alterations can be made at your tailors.

Please note as it's not possible to carry out fittings we can't guarantee a perfect fit and you may still need alterations. We have tried to reflect all this in our great prices!

If you would like a custom hollow to hem length please remember to add on 1-2" for petticoat uplift.

Please read on to learn how to take your measurements...

PLEASE NOTE: Because dresses are made-to-order we cannot accept returns unless an item is faulty. As we're an online shop and it's not possible to carry out fittings, we recommend leaving enough time in case your dress needs alterations by your local dressmaker. If you are in doubt as to which size to order we advise to order a size up so it can be taken in by your local seamstress. We have tried to reflect all this in our great prices!

How to measure:

  1. Standard length from hollow (hollow spot at base of front of neck) to hem is approx: 45" (petticoats can shorten length by up to around 2").  Be sure to calculate that into your measurement.
  2. Bust: Not your bra size! To get this measurement measure around fullest part of bust with bra on.
  3. Waist: To get this measurement measure around naturally slimmest part of waist (IMPORTANT this might be higher up than you think, often 2-3 inches above your belly button, just under where you feel the bottom of the ribs!) 
  4. Armhole and shoulders (for 'Audrey' and 'Sophia' only): For your armhole, measure right around under your armpit and up over your shoulder (follow a tank top line). For you shoulder measurement, measure straight across from one shoulder end to the other.