Oct 21, 2013
This dress made me stand out in a ballroom full of 800 military and their guests!
Size worn: 14R
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
My waist size is naturally a 10 or 12, but due to my bust size (36DDD) which usually needs a 14, I ordered both the 12R and 14R to be safe. For a dress with ZERO stretch, the 14 fit my chest well.
It is very difficult to zip up, everyone is right. This dress had plenty of room in my waist area to give, but still got caught at the waist seam on the way up and down, but due to the warnings about it in the other reviews I was already prepared for the issue.
The dress is fully sequined, and lined so it can be rather heavy. Due to the weight of the material I probably should have gotten a 14S instead of the 14R. It was a very long dress, and I had to wear my tallest heels (4 1/2 + inches). In retrospect, I wish I had gotten the shorter version for sure. Almost 5 inch heels were killer all night.
The dress was clean, but had obviously been worn a few times because the boning in the chest was broken and wouldn't stay in its proper place on one side always coming up out of the bust area, and stayed in place but stabbed me in the lower ribs on the other side.
I used a half piece of the double sided tape sample they sent on each side of the mid-bust to hold the center area up, both for the boning not staying in place, and the weight of the dress pulling the center downward. I didn't think my fiance's coworker's wives would have appreciated staring at my strapless bra all night so it was really great that they send a little sample of the tape.
DESPITE all of that, the dress is a show stopper! My fiance beamed all night showing me off to his friends, coworkers, generals and their wives. Everywhere I went all night, people would come up to me and gush about the dress, and there was no one else there who had anything similar. From 18 year old girlfriends, to 45 year old wives, this dress truly impressed!
This was my first rental through Rent the Runway, and despite all the minor issues I had, I will definitely be renting again!