Jan 3, 2014
Gorgeous--but needs improving.
Size worn: 14L
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
First off, this is a gorgeous dress and I got compliments all night. 10 minutes into the event, someone who was greeting everyone turned to me and said, "You officially win best dress of the night!" Fantastic, but my chest is being crushed by a-cup underwires built into this size 14 dress and I spent a total of two hours trying to camouflage the lumpy effect the underwire created on my chest area.
The dress fit true to size, with the exception of the underwires which were clearly a design flaw, since the underwires didn't even match with the size of the ballet-tank-like under shirt that is built into the dress, below the gorgeous detailing. My chest looked flat and lumpy, thankfully, the effect was minimized by the detailed, gold floral detailing, but it was still uncomfortable and made me feel less-than-confident. If someone at RTR is reading this: please pull the dress and have the underwire removed (it doesn't need it!!) or redone so this dress is worth the expense and lives up to its potential.
The rest of the dress: I wore a 14 Long, perfect on my 5'9" frame with four inch heels. Surprisingly, this dress is NAVY and GOLD, not cream and black, as the RTR photo suggests. I had to buy all new heels to go with the dress, which I wasn't expecting. The gold as a gold-meets-rose-gold look to it, and the navy is dark with a great sheen. You might consider buying costume tape for the slit, which is a little high, or taking a dark safety pin to the top of the slit, to give you a little more modesty, especially if you plan on dancing---which can result in an awkward moment where you may have done a frontal flash when your partner spins you. Just, you know...FYI.
Also nice about this dress, the arms are generous--I've got more muscular arms and a surfer's upper body and I fit great in the 14.
Overall, fantastic dress, but make sure RTR has fixed that underwire issue before you rent.