Jan 23, 2013
I wore this dress to an inaugural ball, and it was stunning. It's classy, but stands out in a crowd.
Size worn: 8R
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
I went to Rent-the-Runway's pop-up showroom in DC, which they hosted in preparation for the upcoming inaugural balls, and I'm really glad I did. I had been admiring this dress online, but wasn't sure how it would look on my frame (5'3" and toned-but-curvy). They didn't have this dress there, but they did have another dress from Halston Heritage - the "Manhattan Night Mist" gown - which is the exact same cut but solid purple/midnight blue. Although I usually wear a size 10 (broad shoulders), my stylist encouraged me to try the 8, and it fit great. If you are between sizes, I would definitely go down a size. I picked this black and white version over the purple version because I liked the two-toned look and also thought the chances of someone else wearing the black-and white version at my ball would be lower. I was right!
(A word of warning: I love RTR, but if you're not careful in making your dress selection and you're going to a big party like an inaugural ball, you are likely to run into another woman wearing your dress! There were at least six women at our ball wearing the same Carmen Marc Valvo "All Eyes on You" gown, and several others wearing other designs like the Badgley Mischka "Screen Siren" Gown. If you want a look all your own, but want to use RTR for a big party, my tip is to look for dresses that haven't been reviewed very often, like this one.)
Anyway, I loved every minute of wearing this dress and was very sad to return it. I accessorized the dress with long black gloves and simple pearls. I went light on the jewelry because the dress's neckline speaks for itself. I got lots of compliments at the ball, and even more the next day when I posted photographs. The dress photographs very well!
My only complaint is that the dress was really long. I wore 3" heels and the dress still dragged a little, as you can see in the pictures.
Thansk RTR! I will definitely be using you again soon.