July 2, 2014
When life gives you a beautiful dress, wear it (if you have fashion tape!)
This was NOT the dress I originally ordered for my friend's end- of- June cocktail attire wedding; it was sent as a replacement when my original order (the Nha Khanh Hydrangea Dream Maxi) was damaged beyond repair by the previous renter. A stylist sent me this last minute without consultation and I was away the day it arrived so I was freaking out a bit when I could only assess it online. At barely 5'2'' I was nervous about the length, I did not like the loose flap on top and did not feel it would flatter me. I had requested backups and when I was finally able to try it on I was glad I did. The fabric and pattern are gorgeous but I was spot on with my concerns. The dress was long even with 5 inch heels - the lining oddly stuck out beyond the overlay and the fluttery bit on top really did not work for me. I fashion taped the lining hem up about 4-5 in (the lining is fortunately easy to hide). I also wrapped the fluttery top layer around so it was tight to my rib cage and it looked SO much better. So I kept it as a viable option - but 30 minutes before the bus was to leave the hotel I still was not sure what I was going to wear. As soon as I tried this on my friend said YES. So I wrapped the front fluttery layer back and the back layer around to the front and fashion taped them. In my picture you can see that the top is more fitted than the other renters, because I taped it. With a little doing, this dress turned out to be a fabulous choice - I received many compliments (from the bride as well), the actual fit was comfortable, and the other nice thing is I could get away with wedges rather than stilettos since it was so long you couldn't see my shoes - I wasn't sinking in to the grass during cocktail hour like the others! With my 5 inch platforms the top layer just barely grazed the ground. TAKEAWAY - this is a gorgeous dress but if you are short and petite you may require fashion tape for it to look fabulous. Also - RTR has AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE!