| Originally Posted by FoxyBride |
Wedding gown sizes are based on an older scale of sizes that have never been modernized. It's just a number, doesn't mean you are any bigger or smaller than what you are. A lot of stores have "vanity sizing" where a 6 is really an 8 but the smaller number makes women feel better. Wedding dress makers just have not changed from back in the day when a woman like Marilyn Monroe wore a 12.
"Bridal sizing goes back to a scale established during World War II that used data intended for making uniforms, Moore [Senior vice president of merchandising and product development at retailer Davidâ€™s Bridal] explains. The scale also was used for ready-to-wear clothes, but over time, sportswear adapted its sizes to reflect changing body shapes, while bridal, for the most part, didnâ€™t."
from my experience david's bridal had the most "true to size" dresses. the dresses i tried on there were 2 sizes smaller than any other designer.
don't stress-- you are not fat and you WILL find your perfect dress. so chin up & get back out there!