May 6, 2013
Most beautiful, but fragile dress ever!
This dress is beautiful! It is all tulle overlay. The skirt is not chiffon like you might think from the picture. It has a very serene, vintage feel. The band around the waist is little flat, round silver beads sewed on in rows, and the same beads are used to decorate the embroidery. It has built-in underwire bra cups. I know RtR says this dress fits a whole size small, but that was not my experience with it. I tried on the 6 and it was definitely too big! They overnighted me a different dress since the 4 was not available, but the back-up dress didn't work, and this dress is so beautiful, that I wore it anyway. The 6 fit me perfectly in the other two dresses in my order, so I would say I'm a pretty solid size 6 and that this dress actually runs big. I would recommend sizing down in your back-up dress! Also, the dress is really long! I am 5'3" and wore shoes with a 6" heel in order to get it to the length you see in my pictures. Turns out, once you get the front of the dress up off the ground, it has a little sweep train in the back, which was a fun surprise but a logistical challenge! The silk tulle is very fragile and I was constantly worried about stepping on it and tearing it, so this dress is definitely best for an event where you intend to look regal while mostly standing or sitting still. It is not right for an event where you intend to mingle a lot or dance! I really loved wearing the dress, although I would have felt much more comfortable in the 4. As always, RtR customer service was AMAZING in getting me alternatives and trying to solve the sizing problem!