Jan 11, 2014
Great Style...to Buy, not Rent
Size worn: M
Overall fit: Large
Rented for: Formal Affair
This is an awesome style. The drapey back and front are both flattering and sophisticated, while the single-shoulder is just edgy enough. Looks as good in person as the photo. Plus, who doesn't love to turn heads in a red dress?
However, there are a few things that make it tricky to pull off.
Unfortunately the stretchy jersey fabric does not bode well for longevity in the rental business. This dress would be a perfect fit if fairly new. But too much time on hangers or too many wears ended up stretching out the top. If you are fairly busty or own fashion tape this might not pose a problem, but beware if not, but have a plan B. (As a D-cup with a push-up bra, I still needed fashion tape to make the top fit.)
Also the hem and the sleeve areas are both asymmetrical, though it is hard to tell in the picture. To pull off this dress with class, be sure to wear no bra or possibly something adhesive - a strap won't do on the right side where the arm hole is surprisingly deep. Also be prepared to have a short-short hem on the higher side when sitting. It is shorter than it looks in the picture. If you don't do mini-skirts, skip this one - regular Spanx will show.
In the end I ended up not wearing this dress because it arrived with a spot, but I am glad I didn't have to fight with fashion tape and hiding the adhesive to my bra, and an uncomfortably short skirt (on one side). The dresses I received are ready for retirement. Hopefully RTR will put some new ones in rotation. This style is perfect for someone out there... just not me.