Woman to Women
The size of your wedding dress may shock you
By: Kristin Blank
I used to wear a tight size 20. Now, I go to the local mall and come out with a comfortable size 8. Nice and average, I figured. Then, I went for my wedding-gown fitting.
I told the saleswoman my size. She retrieved five or six dresses and zipped me into them. My family oohed and ahhed and I chose “the one,” a trainless, tulle-skirted dress with a sparkly halter top.
By accident, I saw the tag. Size 16. How had I ended up there again? That explained why the saleswoman had retrieved the gowns – a size 8 would have split at my knees.
I looked slender in the dress. I felt too beautiful that day to let the size bother me; the number, after all, was just a number.
But why were the sizes of these dresses – which my sister told me were the “real” sizes – so different from the sizes at the mall? By these calculations, I was almost a plus size, which would have added $100 to my bill. Maybe that’s one reason.
My conclusion: As the average American got larger each year, the fashion industry knew that they couldn’t force women to label themselves a size 30 or 50. So, they redefined the sizes.
It’s all about perspective, in the end. So, brides, pay no attention to the number on the gown tag – focus on the beauty in the mirror.