August 8, 2013
So beautiful, wanted to love it!
I have been eyeing this dress forever and was waiting for the perfect event to rent. I had a summer party and had everything styled before it even arrived, down to the clutch, shoes, cuff and earrings. When it arrived, it was as gorgeous as you'd expect a Lela Rose frock to be, and I was so excited! However, I was really disappointed with the fit. I'm typically a 0-2 in general and a 0 in Lela Rose. While I'm slender, I have some curves and am not straight up and down. This dress is probably best on tall girls with a sizeable chest, but otherwise slender (or proportionally smaller in the hips and bum).
For this dress in particular, I think it's pretty important to fill out the top in order to have this lay nicely as it does on the model. Based on the dress and my size, this was fine, but the dress added a lot of unflattering bulk to my silhouette. In particular, the arm holes are tiny! It forced me to hold my arms in an unnatural way, and it was incredibly unflattering. Also, the cut of the waist was too large on me. Had it been more tailored, it would've defined my waist nicely and given me a slimmer appearance, but since it didn't fit appropriately, I looked thick throughout my midsection, and a belt did nothing to help (though I wouldn't style it as such in any case). The skirt was oddly tailored as well. Not a true a-line, it was more of a tulip shape through the hips before flowing more loosely down past my knees. This definitely added extra volume around my hips and behind, and my sister even said that the dress made me look about 20 lbs heavier- not good!
Very disappointing- I tried to make it work, but in spite of how gorgeous a dress it was, if it doesn't flatter, it's not worth it! I ended up returning...