One of the biggest concerns of ordering online is sizing, and we want to help ensure that you get it right the first time! When ordering a Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress, it is so incredibly crucial to know your current body measurements and to refer to our dress size chart for total accuracy. So before you order that size 12 because “that’s what you always buy,” you might want to keep reading.
The wedding industry goes about sizing differently than the retail apparel that we’re used to wearing. With wedding attire, it’s not uncommon to have to go up one or two sizes larger than your regular size. Used to wearing a size 12 at J.Crew or Macy’s? If purchasing a Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dress (or any similar designer), don’t be surprised to wear a size 16. As a girl, I definitely understand that seeing that new number can give us a bit of dress tag shock. Just keep in mind ladies, it’s only one day and you’ll rock that dress regardless of the tag size! And if it makes you feel better, cut that thing right out!
We always recommend having a professional take your measurements, but if you need to do them at home, have someone you are comfortable with take them for you. Don’t do them yourself! To be as accurate as possible, don’t measure over clothes. Undergarments similar to what you will wear under your dress are the best option.
To begin, stand up straight with your feet together and keep your arms down to your sides. The measuring tape should be kept parallel to the floor. Don’t pull too tight, but do have a firm hold on it.
Bust: Measure around the chest, right over the fullest part of the bust. Keep your arms down!
Waist: Bend just slightly to one side. The crease in your side will determine where your natural waist hits. Stand back up straight and measure at the point where that crease was.
Hips: Measure directly around the fullest or widest part of your butt.
After taking your body measurements, pull up the dress size chart found on any of our product pages. Below, we’ve recommended which body measurements to base your dress size on, depending on the style dress. Ordering larger will ensure a comfortable fit and the rest of the dress can be altered to perfectly hug your figure.
Chiffon Dress: Since our chiffon styles aren’t fitted through the hips, the bust and waist measurements are the most important to consider. Go with whichever is your largest measurement.
Lace Dress: The lace styles have a bit more structure and not as much give as other fabrics. Go with your overall largest measurement since they are fitted throughout the bust, waist, and hips.
Silky Taffeta Dress: If you are ordering an a-line silky taffeta style such as Claire, Paige, or Jada, order based off the same rules as a chiffon dress. If you are ordering a fitted style such as Lauren, Jenna, or Samantha follow the lace dress rules.
Remember that it’s always better to have the dress too big rather than too small! Any dress can be taken in, but very few can actually be let out. If there’s time before the event, take advantage of our Find-Try-Buy service and try on a size sample at home! We’ll also provide you with a complimentary measuring tape and dress size chart. Still second guessing your size? A Kennedy Blue Specialist would be happy to assist with any sizing issues as long as you’re able to provide your measurements!
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring dress alterations.
Hollow-to-Hem: Hold the measuring tape vertically starting at the indent in your neck area between your collarbones and below your throat. Then, keeping the tape taught, bring the tape to the floor to meet your toes. This is your hollow-to-hem, or hollow-to-floor, measurement. The motion is similar to taking your height measurement.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not suck in when taking this measurement.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.