Aug 10, 2012
Great for Large-ish Bust
Size worn: 2L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I always have reservations when it comes to purchasing/renting clothing online, sizing is so subjective! But I read the reviews on this particular dress, as well as the sizing guidelines and ended up ordering a 2L and 4L. I own a Badgley Mischka dress that is a 2L, but has no stretch in the hips, it fits well but snug. This dress is incredibly stretchy, and the 2L was perfect.
I was especially worried about bust size, as so many designers tend to only make room for smaller busts. As a D-cup, I wasn't sure if I was going to have to tape the girls down to get them to fit, but the stretch of the dress and the structuring/boning in the bodice were the perfect match and fit great.
As far as style goes, the difference between the 2L and 4L were stark. The 2L had a very narrow band of beading at the neckline (only a 1/2" at it's widest) and the 4L had almost an inch. I'm not sure of why a disparity like that existed, but it was a bit disappointing. I would have loved to wear the more noticeable beading on the better fitting dress. The ruching is very flattering and adds a lot of character to an otherwise very simple dress.
Because of personal and religious preferences, I wore with a shawl to cover my shoulders. Unfortunately this rendered the beading almost invisible, but I was glad that adding extra coverage to the dress was very easy, and the dress was still stunning.
Overall, still a 5 star rental, especially since I don't think most people are going to cover the top up the was I needed to. Beautiful dress, well constructed.
I wore 5", nude toned sandals and am 5'3". The front of the dress was just barely off the ground, nearly floor skimming.