January 4, 2016
Disappointing rental experience
The dress itself is nice. I think it's TTS - maybe a little long but workable with 4" heels. Only complaint on the dress itself is that the hemline is really basic so it doesn't look very polished. In good condition, I think that's unnoticeable though. I recommend the dress, but I had a couple of issues. I would've worn the 8R - my normal size - had it been in good enough condition to do so. It was clearly stretched out and destroyed in the bust area from prior usage. The boning on the right was contorted away from my body in the rib area but okay in the chest area. The boning on the left was okay in the rib area but messed up in the chest area such that it didn't go smoothly up to the top of the dress where it should've been stitched into place. Instead it stuck out stabbing me in the chest. Also, it's hard to explain but the band on the bottom of the built-in bra section was twisted and stretched out so that it didn't sit smoothly in between the bra and the dress. It was twisted half where it should be and half peaking into the bra area like a saggy elastic. Finally, the hemline as I mentioned was almost unfinished looking and on this dress it was very wavy - possibly from cleaning over time? (Speaking of cleaning - both dresses smelled strongly of some sort of freshener - like when I use Dryell to home-dry clean my clothes from time-to-time. Wasn't a fan!) I was pretty distraught about this whole situation, but I gave the 10R a shot. It was big but not so big that I couldn't wear it and didn't have those issues in the bust or hemline area. I had to wear a padded strapless pushup bra and tons of dress tape to keep it up. I should've safety-pinned the dress to the back of my bra because it felt like it was gaping the entire night. Not my most comfortable evening or rental experience, but I did receive lots of compliments nonetheless so I figure people probably couldn't tell.