If it's not obvious already, I have a special place in my heart for wedding gowns with a twist. The twist is outdating an outdated industry and making them sustainable. To get an idea of the impact of wedding day fashion on the environment, did you know there are over two million weddings in the United States alone annually? I'm not big into math, but that means:
- Four million Mothers of the Bride and Mothers of the Groom
- 6.9 million bridesmaids (approximately!)
- And over 200 million females guests
YIKES! When we take those numbers into account, it's scary to consider the impact that 'fast fashion' can have on the industry as a whole.
Here are some ways that you can, as a guest, make a statement that doesn't leave a lasting impact on the environment.
My best friend has a dress she purchased for a wedding that is SO dreamy, I can't wait to be invited to another wedding to wear it. I basically consider it part of my wardrobe ;). She also has worn my yellow dress to some of her events. It helps when your circle wears the same size and I can think of 3 different gowns I can borrow right now, from different people, that look fabulous, would be free, and totally sustainable!
I try to sew all of my gowns for formal events.. it's kind of expected by now. Everyone knows I am a designer, and they ALWAYS ask 'did you make this?' But time is restricted with a business and a job, so I do have a secret in a time crunch. Most of my hassle-free dresses are pre-owned from eBay. Yeah, you read me right. Oh, the satisfaction I feel when I tell someone that the dress is from eBay and their face distorts into weird shapes. The frugal cost often makes them even more uneasy! In reality, most of the time I feel like people wish they had the idea themselves or the courage to purchase gowns online.. but now you know my secret. I dare you to try it.
It's understandable to feel unsure about sizing. But I have specific brands I like and I know my sizing for them. Also, vanity sizing is less extreme on gowns, they are based on dress-form measurements so you can read the size chart for that brand and get a good idea if it will fit.
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The key to good fit is to look for the widest measurement of your body and match the measurement to the size using the size chart below. For your top, the widest measurement is almost always the breasts. For the bottoms, the widest measurement is the hip. See the image below for more information on these measurements.
*Measured in inches.
The best way to measure is with a sewing measuring tape. These are flexible, inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. Wear a form-fitting tank top and leggings when you measure your body. We also suggest asking for help. The tape measurer should be as parallel to the floor as possible all the way around the body, which is hard to do all by ourselves. A friend is also super useful to measure the dress hem length for any customization. I want to reiterate that it is extremely important that you have the right height shoes on when measuring for length. We can talk about this further during our Touch Base call if you make a purchase.
Wear the bra that you will be wearing with the dress. We remind you that our dresses have build-in bra cups so we suggest something with a little padding in order to maintain the measurement true to size. Measure across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side. Wherever the crease forms, that is your natural waist. Pull the tape across the narrowest part and measure.
Stand straight and look forward. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips (or rear) and measure.