Mar 25, 2014
Spectacularly Beautiful--but you sacrifice comfort!
Size worn: 6L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
The good: this dress looked absolutely spectacular. I got many, many compliments. I felt gorgeous. The color is fantastic and rich, the style with the folds is very forgiving of loose bellies and jiggly parts. Amazingly, it doesn't give you the dreaded armpit muffin top, and I am very prone to that. It also feels extremely secure when it's on--there is none of the "ohmigod it's falling down" feeling you can get with strapless dresses, and I never once was tempted to pull it up (and I'm the type to be very fidgety and do that). Runs true to size, and trust the chart on the length--I am 5'8, wore a 6L and 4" heels and my toes peeped out a bit, which is just what the sizing suggested would happen. It's so beautiful, and the color makes you stand out in a sea of black dresses and you will feel like you're a movie star.
The bad: It's a very uncomfortable dress. There is no give in the fabric and you are very constrained. I could not have danced in this dress--sure, I could walk in it, but not much more. Climbing stairs was a joke. When I dropped things I had to have my date pick them up off the floor because if I'd gone down to pick them up I am sure this dress would have split (I have a bigger than average backside, so women who are small-tushed and small-thighed might not have this problem). There is also a small train, and people kept stepping on it. In terms of fit, the bodice won't accommodate a large range of sizes. I am a small C cup and it worked. If I were an A or B, I would have needed padding (you can wear a strapless bra under it) and if I were larger than a D, I don't know how I would have fit into it. In fact, the backup size I ordered was extremely stretched out in the bodice, I suspect because someone tried to do this. In addition, the zipper was a very poorly manufactured zipper; we could barely close it in spite of having more than enough room.