Aug 1, 2012
When I walked into the room and saw the eyes land on me...
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
If you have nice curves, this can definitely be a head-turning dress!
The fabric is thinner than I assumed, and it is nice and stretchy. If you get the right size, that can work in your favor (perhaps go with a smaller size if you're confident in your body) because it tends to hold things in a bit. It seemed like (compared to the larger size) it perked up my butt a bit. I did have to worry about my stomach after I ate and drank- EVERYTHING tends to show immediately when I eat it, and then add in bubbly beer or champagne, and I had to be conscious of my stomach. However, I'm generally happy with my body and this was nothing for me. However, don't count on Spanx or etc to hold stuff in unless you have a really great brand with NO seems, because this dress in a snug size did tend to show everything.
I got the 42 and the 44- a 6 and 8. I am generally a 6, whereas I can walk in to say Express and buy size 6 off the rack without trying on. Stores that seem to size bigger (old navy/banana repub) I can sometimes go to a 4. Places like Jcrew or some designers sometimes I might go up to an 8. But I do have a very very hourglass figure, so my hips sometimes prevent sizing down. The size 6 was really flattering to my figure. In the photos I was likely about 130 pounds, but had got down to about 127 by the time of the wedding- and that was just bloat that I took care of because you can't hide any tummy in this dress!
I tried on the larger dress- 44- size 8 and it tended to be bunchy/extra fabric above my bum and ride up around my stomach. If it had been the only one I got, I still would have worn it though.
I am SHORT! 5 -4 and I was VERY worried about this dress length listed as 38 inch length. 36 generally falls right at my knees which is as far as I can go without looking stumpy (even with heels). BUT I saw the straps were adjustable, and sure enough, 38 inches is probably with full out "down" straps. I had it easily at maybe 35 inches, showing only the slightest cleavage.
Colors are gorgeous- consider wearing golds, pinks, even reds. The straps are NOT white- they are definitely a champagne. But that made it easy to wear with nudes or golds.
The fabric is silk and it does have a couple thread areas where it's likely people's jewelry caught and pulled a bit, but I only know that cause I was studying it. Be sure not to pull on those if that does happen to you, so that it can be worn by more people.
RTR was SO accomodating and made everything so easy. Despite going into something "blind" I will definitely rent again. I usually don't wear a dress more than once, anyway, as I find getting a new dress one of the most fun parts of events, so I think I'm a new loyal customer.