Formal Dress Shopping Tips from Stylists in the Know

August 21, 2018

Formal Dress Shopping Tips from Stylists in the Know

What to do Before you Go Formal Shopping to Have the Best Experience

Before you rush off to the stores as soon as year 12 formal comes around, there are a few little preparation steps you can do to make sure you have the most fun and find the most perfect dress while shopping. Read below to learn a few tips and tricks from stylists in the know.
Formal Dress Shops Brisbane

1. Research dress styles

 This tip is number one for a reason. Make sure you have a look at some styles online before you go shopping. Pinterest is a great place to find and save boards of your favourite things which you can then show your stylist too. The three things to take note of are necklines, skirt shapes and materials that you like. 

2. Think about colour

 Even if you haven't quite figured out which silhouettes are going to suit your body shape, pick out some colours that you like to wear or some that draw your attention. This way, if you want to avoid all white dresses for example, you're already making the decision easier!

3. Make a list of boutiques

 Find some boutiques online or ask around your friend group and make a list of the ones you want to visit. If there is a particular dress at one place that you are dying to try, make sure you visit at least one other shop before hand to try on some different things and have fun.

4. Set a budget

 Know what you and your parents are willing to spend on your dream formal dress before you start looking and don't, I repeat, DON'T try on anything that's higher than your budget. The worst thing is falling in love with something you can't afford as nothing else will compare.

5. Do your hair and makeup

 Have a little fun putting a curl in your hair and a smokey eyeliner on and wear it along to your trying on session. It will help you visualise better how you will look on the day of your formal when you're all dressed and ready to go.

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Country Conversion Sizing

Country Conversion:

AUS 6 8 10 12 14
US 2 4 6 8 10
UK 6 8 10 12 14
EUROPEAN 34 36 38 40 42





SIZE 6 8 10 12 14
BUST 80cm – 82cm 83cm – 85cm 87cm – 89cm 91cm – 93cm 95cm – 97cm
WAIST 60cm – 62cm 63cm – 65cm 67cm – 69cm 71cm – 73cm 75cm – 77cm
HIP 88cm – 90cm 91cm – 93cm 95cm – 97cm 99cm – 101cm 103cm – 105cm 
Depending on the style and/or the material of the clothing, sizing may vary. 

So if you have any enquiries about sizes on a particular dress or are unsure of your size please feel free to contact us at shop@missrunway.com.au
To save you the hassle of ordering the wrong size for your body, here's a simple way to get accurate measurements of yourself.
Grab a tape measure and stand in front of a full-length mirror. Be sure to take your measurements undressed or in your underwear only. 
Stand straight and pull the tape measure close to your body, but not too tight! 
For best and more accurate results, have a friend take the measurements for you. 
We understand that not being able to physically try on our garments can be hard when making your purchase. If you are unhappy with the size or fit of your purchase you can return or exchange it as long as it meets all our return and exchange policy requirements. 

Please refer to our "RETURNS" section for further information.
Sizing guide how to measure
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 your back and the fullest part of your chest.
Place your hands at your natural waistline. This is where the tape should be positioned. If you cannot find your natural waist, stand with your feet slightly apart and bend to the side. Where your waist creases is the natural waist.
Stand naturally with your heels together in a relaxed pose. Measure with the tape.



Some of our brands have unique sizing charts for you to refer to when purchasing online. 


SIZE 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
BUST (INCH) 31.5 33 34.5 36 38 40 42 44
WAIST (INCH) 24.5 26 27.5 29 31 33 35 37
HIP (INCH) 34.5 36 37.5 39 41 43 45 47


Two Sisters

SIZE 6 8 10 12 14 16
BUST (CM) 81.3 86.4 91.5 96.5 101.6 106.7
WAIST (CM) 63.5 68.6 73.7 78.7 83.8 88.9
HIP (CM) 86.4 91.5 96.5 101.6 106.7 111.7