How to Measure

You should have a friend, family member or, for the best results, a professional seamstress/tailor take your measurements.

Taking your own measurements will almost always result in inaccuracies.

It's best to be measured wearing the exact undergarments, slip, and shoes you'll be wearing.

Designers determine their size by the bust, waist, and hip measurements. Some will also include a “Hollow to Hem” measurement; this is the measurement from the base of the neck (hollow of the neck) to the bottom of the hem.

Use ONLY a standard cloth measuring tape. Do not pull the tape tightly; it should be just tight enough to stay in place. Please keep in mind that cloth measuring tapes can stretch out.

If the dress is A-line or Empire waist, your measurements should be focused on your bust & waist. If the dress is a Mermaid/Fit & Flare, you will need bust, waist, and hip measurements.

Taking the Bust Measurements

1. Stand straight with your heels together and your arms down at your side.
2. Position the measuring tape so that it covers the widest part of your back and the fullest part of your bust.

Taking the Waist Measurements

1. Standing straight, bend to your side. The bend is your natural waist.
2. Stand straight and keep your heels together.
3. Place the measuring tape around your natural waist.

Taking the Hip Measurements

1. Stand straight with your heels together and your arms down at your side.
2. Position the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips.

Once you have taken your measurements, refer to the designer’s size chart that applies to your garment. The designers’ size charts show the approximate measurements they use to make each size. Compare your measurements to the size chart to determine the correct size.

If you cannot match your exact measurements to all three measurements indicated on the designer’s size chart we suggest ordering according to the largest measurement. Remember, garments can be taken in, but taking them out depends on the seam allowances which, in most cases, are very slim.

If you are 5'8 and taller, you will want to order extra length on the bridesmaids dress you are interested in purchasing. RK Bridal and our manufacturer's are not responsible for these extra options.

**Size charts are to be used as a guideline. Sizes may vary by dress style and body type**
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