3 Ways Vendors Can Make Shopping for Wedding Dresses Less Ridiculous
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Bridal sizes are designed to make a bride feel bad about her body. "Bridal sizing" means that if you wear a size 8 dress in normal street clothes, you'll wear a 12, two sizes larger, in most bridal sizes. In a wedding culture that is already shoving diets down my throat, it's considered normal that I should accept that I will need to buy a dress that seems like it should be way too big for me? No thanks.
If the Perfect Dress' size run actually does go up to a size over 12, I get to pay extra, apparently. To add insult to injury, that extra charge usually starts at size 14 (known in the world of normal clothing as size 10). So now every bride over a size 10 in street sizes gets to work harder to find a dress and pay more for the privilege. This is completely backwards! Manufacturers need to start making customers feel good about themselves! If I wear a size 16 regular, I should wear a size 14 bridal, max. I should feel like my eating plan is working and my dress makes me look amazing. Basically I need to feel the polar opposite of how I currently feel when trying on dresses in order to feel even a little bit like breaking out my credit card.