January 17, 2017
This dress was a KNOCKOUT for my company gala!
I ended up wearing the red version for my awards ceremony and banquet, but the black was so elegant and really popped with a simple smokey eye and red lip pairing! It ran true to size and will pick up the right curves, as well as the "wrong" so Spanx were a necessity. I was able to wear the 14R and the 12R, and preferred the 12R in Red myself. I am currently 5'3" and 180 lbs as of the event. I would not recommended a shorter or petite version of the dress, and would say with significant heels (I had 4" pumps for the event), the Long version may have worked beautifully as well. I had quite a bit of shoe showing on the Regular version.
I've picked up weight since our gala last year and struggled to find a dress I felt good in but this really did it. I felt absolutely stunning and I had so many compliments on the dress! I am a 36-38DDD right now and with a strapless long line bra this worked beautifully if you are confident with your cleavage! Easy to zip up yourself, comfortable and has some give. It breathes well so the dress didn't feel stuffy or too tight. I did notice in the black AND red dress, the plastic boning around the bust was starting to poke out of the edges at the top even before I put it on, but it wasn't irritating enough to worry about and I was able to wedge it a little more securely back into the seam before I put it on. Just a weak spot in the fabric I imagine, but overall the quality was fantastic, and the fabric drapes elegantly with soft pleats on the skirt.