Formal dresses: How to choose the best size and how to fit perfect ?
Most of formal dress size charts run much smaller than the normal clothing size charts.
Also, every designer uses slightly different charts so you may be a different size for different designers.
Customers ordering On-Line:
You are on your own to take good measurements. Here is how.
1. bust : choose the highest point on your bust area and make sure the measuring tape is straight horizental round to your back.
2. waist: choose the thinnest around your torso
3. hips : Choose the largest around your hip. If you are larger on your upper thigh, please measure that area.
Please do tight measure as the dress will fit on you. Formal dresses don't fit loose like casual clothing.
Every designer has different size chart. You must use the size chart given for the dress you are ordering.
Please feel free to call or text if you need assistance. 925 560 0402 ext 3 We will be happy to assist you based on the information you give us.
Customers visit our store:
We help you to choose the best size by taking your measurements.
(taking measurements does not mean we will bring in the dress fit perfect for you).
Based on your measurements, we plug in to the designer's size chart. Our computer chooses the size by the measurement of the largest part of your body. Then we manually take the control over by checking the style of the dress you order. For example, if the style is open back, and if bust measurement is giving the largest size over other parts, we reference the style and may go down a size depending on your other measurements. Another example, If you are a pear shape person and the hip measurement is bringing up the size too large for the other part, we look at the skirt style. If the skirt is loose style with a lot of fabric, we may go down to a smaller size. However, many dresses do not use as much fabric for the lining, so we have to be careful. It would be the best and safest if you go for the size that will fit around your hips and alter down the bust and waist.
Please keep in mind, it is the best to take control over the dress that's generous size than the dress too tight anywhere. We can only size down, but much more expensive or impossible to size down.
“You intentionally ordered too big so you can charge more alteration fee”
We hear this once in a while. This is a misunderstanding.
We do not charge more alteration fees just because the dress size is larger. The side adjustment alteration price only depends on the fabric and style (may cost more when beads and straps are involved)
If your measurements fall between sizes, we always go for the larger size.
Almost everyone needs a custom fit alteration touch to make a perfect fit.
These are long formal dresses, everyone tries to show off their figure. Of course alterations are inevitable since everyone is shaped differently. There are a few cases the body measurements happen to match exact to the size chart of the designer, but that does not happen very often.
A few more things to add,
We do help you with the measurements you bring us over the phone or email if you are not able to come in, but we can only give you the best size information based on the given measurements from you.
Many ladies could have change in different conditions. If you let us take the measurements right after a large meal, or during period, it could effect the measurements. Also, over a several months after the measurements, you could loose or gain weight.
There are many variations in sizing, but we are doing our job carefully and professionally to help you choose the best size.
If a dress comes in a little larger, please relax and let our tailors help you make the perfect fit.
If you are confident to go for a smaller size than what we suggest, please sign the paper, we will order the size you like to order.
However, if the dress comes in too small, it will be hard for us to help you in any way. If you have enough time and order another size, we have to charge you for another dress in that case.
Our alteration prices are reasonable, because we are not trying to make big business off of alterations. We have an alteration department for convenient service for our clients to purchase the dresses without worrying about the perfect fit. This is why we provide alterations for our customers who purchased the dress from us, only. Of course our prices are a little more than the dry cleaners and home or garage based tailors, but most of our customers are very happy with our prices.
Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions or concerns about the sizing and alterations. 925-560-0402 ext 3
We would be more than happy to assist you.