March 13, 2013
Sexy and chic twist on the LBD
OVERALL REVIEW: I wore this dress for my birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect. I wanted something that looked classy and chic, yet sexy and this dress hits all points. I paired it with the Pirate Treasure Necklace by RJ Graziano.
UNDERGARMENTS: Others have complained about what bra to use but I didn't have a problem at all (and I'm well endowed!). I wore a regular black bra (just in case the dress rode up around the cut outs and my bra became exposed - although that was never an issue). What I did was shorten the straps as far as they could go so the back part of the bra band was much higher on my back than usual. This way, the top of the opening in the back didn't expose my bra. Simple solution - no need for NuBras! I will say that I chose to go commando, but that's not entirely necessary. You'd probably be fine with a good pair of no-show panties. Also, the length was likely a little longer on me than most, since I'm on the short side, so taller girls probably wouldn't feel comfortable without underwear. Others have mentioned the need for shapewear. I didn't feel I needed it because the rouching in the front of the dress is very flattering and forgiving.
SIZE/FIT: Overall, the size seemed perfect. I'm usually between a 2/4 in dresses and while I could have probably gotten away with the 2, the 4 seemed to cling in all the right places without being skintight and unflattering. As others have said, the sleeves are very long (note: I have short arms), but they just bunch a bit at the bottom, making them look rouched like the front of the dress. So not an issue at all. From the front, the cutouts are perfectly sized so you're not showing too much skin. The back is obviously exposed, but not at all in a trashy way. The material of the dress itself was incredibly comfortable (it's a little thicker than jersey).