September 26, 2016
Sparkling and statuesque, beautiful color and flattering fit, some minor issues
Note that the true color of the dress is better reflected in the close-up rather than the full length flash photo included with this review, more toward eggplant (thought not actually eggplant) than toward violet - model photo is pretty accurate on this one, though it does appear a touch darker than it does in person. The 2R dress I received was in good shape and the zipper, hook and button were all properly functional.
2R was true to size (5'3" 115#, waist ~26", slim hips/bum). Allows for some stretch (I have larger ribcage) but also flatters figure overall in that it does hold in a bit in the tummy and has ruching across the mid-section. Size up if you are busty, with a small C cup and a strapless bra, I looked relatively busty but a bit squished. In fact, it may be wiser to avoid this is you are above a C-cup, the dress is cut to frame cleavage like crazy and enhances size. I was able to wear a regular strapless bra with the back pulled a touch down, did not have to adjust too frequently but cups poked out of neckline a touch a couple times. The dress lining did roll out at the neckline a bit and had to tuck that a few times. If there were a petite available, it would have been a good idea, as at 5' 3" with six inch heels, the dress was still brushing the floor and stairs were a bit tough. If you are 5' 5" or shorter, I would recommend petite unless you are comfortable in the tallest shoes available.
Even using some salve on arms to prevent chafing, I did get several scrapes on the skin of inner bicep from the sequins. If you have especially sensitive skin, I would not recommend this dress, as the cut of the straps make brushing the sequins basically unavoidable.
Loved wearing the dress, several compliments among a well-dressed crowd at an arts gala (saw at least a dozen other RTR dresses, only one of which was duplicated), would recommend.