Addressing Your Bust; Bra Fit for Dresses

Fitting your bust in a great dress starts with a well fitting braWe must, we must, we must ad”dress” your bust!

An appropriate and well-fitting bra is really important for building the “foundation” of your shape under a dress. Make sure your bra straps are adjusted so that your bust is supported correctly (you know how the straps can stretch out!). When you put on one of our dresses, your bust should sit above the waistband. This will make the dresses look and fit better and should eliminate your breasts being cut in half by the waistband. Yes ladies, lean forward, adjust your breasts up and over the band and then complete the pulling up of the zipper. Much like when you put on a bra.

“When you go dress shopping please wear a great fitting bra! A sports bra or no bra just doesn’t cut it to get the best fit”

 

Under Where?

What you wear on the lower half of your body is totally your preference. Our Cherry Velvet dresses have extra room across the tummy to give you enough room that it’s not necessary to wear anything special on the bottom. It’s totally up to you! We are a big fan of being able to look great AND breathe!

Fitting your bust in a great dress starts with a well fitting bra

Online shopping

All our bra fitting tips are just as important for when you’re measuring yourself to find your best dress fit online as well. Put on a well-fitting bra before you take your measurements to find your size. We made a short video with some easy to follow instructions to help you take simple and accurate measurements. Check it out!

Once you have your measurements you can check out our comprehensive Sizing Chart to find your size. Or you can call or email with your measurements and we will always be happy to help you find your best fit.

When you wear your Cherry Velvet Dress…

Please make sure you’ve chosen a bra that fits well with good support. We know you want to look your best and feel totally gorgeous when you’re wearing one of our beautiful dresses.

XOX Cherry Velvet

What the heck is a size 0X?!

What The Heck Is a Size 0X?

It’s a question we get asked a lot by shoppers in our studio. “Is it smaller than a size XL? The answer is, it’s actually one size bigger than an XL. It’s a very important size for our brand to fit those ‘inbetweenies”

Size 0X is really part of a bridge between regular and plus sizes. Because many of our dresses are made from (non stretch) 100% cotton, to correlate to the sizing more commonly available in plus we had to add in an extra size. Traditionally non-stretch sizing increments must be smaller than for stretch to fit the maximum number of people properly.

What The Heck Is a Size 0X? Put very simply, a size 0X is one full size larger than a 'XL'.

 I first started designing my brands because when shopping and was so frustrated to find clothes that I wanted to buy but that weren’t available in my size. The stores all seemed to only carry up to a size extra large. I remember asking the sales clerk… “Can’t it just come in one more size?”

Aside from being a designer for many years, I’m also a patternmaker and fit technician. Even as the owner of the company, I’m very much hands on with these tasks. It doesn’t matter how pretty a dress is; if it doesn’t fit, no one will buy it. So, fit is critically important to me. Along with pattern making, another important task is called grading which is taking a pattern and making it into all the different sizes.

 

Before I ever started Cherry Velvet (and my other brand Diane Kennedy), I had been working as a designer/ patternmaker/ grader professionally for many years. I was the first patternmaker at the beginning of what was then a ‘little brand’ called LuluLemon. I remember asking Chip Wilson why he didn’t make a bigger sizes. His answer was….let’s just say…. less than satisfactory.

 

So at that moment in time, I was extremely frustrated with the absolute lack of my size in the clothes that I wanted to buy. If you follow the series of dress sizes, brands often go from XL to 2XL and then 3XL. But this really doesn’t represent plus sizes accurately. That’s why size 0X is so important; it fills the hole between true regular sizes and true plus sizes.  To fit the most people possible it was really important to include this size.

 

 We’ve been doing a lot of checking lately into the sizes that we’re selling online to make sure that were offering enough dresses in the right sizes. When we started to really look at it I have to tell you I was extremely surprised that 0X was not a more popular size. It’s my size and it fits me perfectly!! Ha!

What The Heck Is a Size 0X? Available Cherry Velvet Sizes: XS, S, M L, XL, 0X, 1X, 2X, 3X

Another way to look at it: 0X is 2 inches bigger than a size XL and 2- 3 inches smaller than a 1X.

So we’re hoping to have cleared up exactly what the heck  size 0X really is. If you leave that size out, there’s an enormous gap between regular sizes, up to 5″ and that is why size 0X was born!

XOX Cherry Velvet