We strongly recommend having your measurements taken by a professional. We strongly advise that you do not take the measurements yourself. Have someone assist you and follow the guidelines below. Please note that Party Dress Express can not be responsible for measurements taken outside the salon. You are responsible for selecting the correct size.
Bust - Measure the bust line at the fullest part of your chest. Stand naturally with your heels together and arms resting by the side of your body. Position the tape so that it covers the widest part of the back and the fullest part of the chest.
Waist - Place your hands at your natural waistline. This is where the tape should be positioned. If you can not find your natural waist, stand with your feet slightly apart and bend to the side. Where your waist creases is the natural waist
Hips - Stand naturally with your heel together in a relaxed pose. Measure with the tape around the fullest part of the hips. Do not pull the tape tight.
Matching Measurements to Size Chart - Once you have taken your measurements, see the appropriate size chart found on our website. These charts show how your measurements will equate with the designer's measurements. It is important to note that designers cut gowns differently than regular clothing so you may be in a size that is smaller or larger than you normally wear. Use these size charts as a guide to determine what size you should order. Please remember that gowns are cut to the manufacturer's size chart, not your body measurements. Most gowns will require some alterations to obtain the correct fit.
Dress Length - If you are 5'8" or taller, with heels, we recommend ordering extra length. Extra length is a gown that is cut 5" longer than standard. Most designers charge a fee for additional length, but prices varies. Please let us know whether you need additional length so we can quote you a correct price for your chosen designer. please note some designers do not offer extra length as an option.
Hollow to Hem Measurement - Hollow to hem is a specific length measurement used for bridal gowns only. Please remember to take this measurement wearing the shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day. If you are ordering a bridal gown that requires this measurement, we strongly recommend having this measurement professionally done by one of our sales consultants.