October 23, 2015
The hardest thing about this dress was having to part with it.
I gasped out loud when I opened the package and saw the metallic green brocade, and then immediately blurted out "I want to wear this one." It's a beautiful dress. If I could give it more stars on looks and make, I would. What a stunner: the cut, placement of the princess seaming, the neckline, length on my 5'2" frame, everything. This is one I'd consider buying retail as a permanent addition.
Wore this to a nice restaurant. To let the dress shine, I wore minimal jewelry, in white metal: triple cz drop earrings, a couple of rings, a diamond tennis bracelet and a cuff. No necklace, because the neckline didn't seem to need one. Shoes were a muted pewter, and a purple evening clutch for funk.
If (when) I rent this again, I'll look into going up one size. I'm an apple shape, and found this a little tight across the hips. If I were to own it (oh, please, please, one day) I'd get a bigger size and tailor the top to fit. It still deserves five+ stars even for that. So glad I picked this one.
EDITED TO ADD:
I've now rented this dress in three sizes: 16, 18, and 20. While I thought I'd be better off with the 20, it looks like my golden size was this first choice of 18, as a subsequent rental of the larger size was too big upstairs, and fell longer in the hem than the 18, which is about the most perfect thing I've ever worn. I recommend using spanx if you have concerns about problem areas below and don't have a lot up top. I found that the dress hugged me in the right way, and gently eased throughout the night.