Apr 1, 2013
Size worn: L
Overall fit: Small
Rented for: Other
I loved everythig about this dress, which I rented for Easter Mass and dinner with friends and family afterward. It's a lovely color, but fair warning to fair-skinned renters: this mustard color is probably not for you, as it may be overwhelming and wash you out. It's very warm and rich, almost more late summer and fall than spring.
The fit's quite flattering, especially the asymmetrical piping in the waist and hips. The neckline is quite becoming and I loved the little sleeves; someone else posted something about "just enough modesty for church" or something and I agree.
What I did NOT particularly like is that I find the dress a bit "fussy." As in a fuss to get in and out of, between the little slip underlining (flattering through the lace and beautiful) and the three hook and eye closures in the back. I was able to do the top one myself, after much twisting and turning, but I had to have my friend hook the last two. As a general rule, I don't buy things that need more than one person to dress me, but I didn't know about this when I rented the dress. Not a deal breaker, but something to be aware of. You might need a little help. You can wear it with a regular bra, though, which Ioved. (And not that you would not already know to do this, but you want skin-toned or neutral underthings under this. When the dress arrived, I tried it on and happened to be wearing pink underthings. Showed right through. )
It's a terrific length on my short frame and it fit pretty well everywhere, although it did feel a trifle tight across the hips. The skirt flares out a little bit; the slip underneath is fairly fitted. I found this gapped a tiny bit in the back through the shoulders. But that's not the dress; that's because I'm short and short-waisted.
Received many many compliments; easily wearable with the cream-colored peep toe heels I wore, but you could do basic black, brown or natural shades.
Overall, an excellent rental.