February 20, 2013
A classy, comfotable but stunning gown - just pick the right bra
I ordered this dress as my back-up, but wound up wearning it instead of my first choice (an off-the-shoulder column gown) because it was much more comforable and easier for dancing. I rarely wear bright red, but this dress has raspberry undertones that complement most complexions. The fabric has no sheen, so use accessories for some sparkle (I used a rhinestone broach at the under-bust gathering and rhinestone dangling earrings). It only took 3-inch heels to give me a skim-the-floor length. The dress is true to size, but a little foregiving in the front tummy area. I probably could have worn the next size down, but an evening without Spanx and worrying about visible bra lines in the back was a nice change from most formalwear. But if you opt for a closer fit, be aware that the fabric and cut in the back isn't exactly forgiving of bumps and visible lingerie lines. And speaking of lingerie, be prepared for a little trial and error if you are well-endowed. Knowing from prior experience that those adhesive bras don't typically work well for larger cup sizes, I was lucky enough to already own a red plunging bra in my lingerie drawer that did the trick. Overall, I was very satisfied with how I looked and felt in the dress; I received many compliments and would consider renting it again.