June 14, 2016
Classic and Pretty
This is what I wore to a wedding that had a classy/vintage-glam theme and black and gold as the official wedding colors - how could I NOT pick this dress? It did remind me of something I would see on Mad Men. I normally wear a 6 and ordered a 4 as my backup size. When it arrived, I pulled it out of the bag and thought... "Hmm". I have never been a huge fan of anything frilly or full - and this dress looked fuller than I expected it to be on the bottom, especially with the peplum. I truly didn't expect to like it that much when I put it on. I optimistically tried the size 4 first, and it fit. I honestly can't say if this dress runs large, because I have been working out more and have slightly toned up, so my size might be different than my usual 6 right now. Once I had the dress on, I liked it a lot more than on the hanger. As previous reviews have stated, it isn't exactly a "sexy" dress - it's quite conservative. The second time I tried it on, I liked it even more - it grew on me! Initially I tried it on with a regular strapless bra and that gave it a really restrictive feel up top and made me look flat. I am not busty and it has NO give, so I can't imagine this would be a great dress for someone who is very busty. I got a $20 stick-on gel bra, and that completely remedied the problem - without the bra band, it wasn't so tight around my ribcage but I still had some shape and lift from the gel cups. It even gave me nice cleavage, so that was an added bonus. Also, I recommend putting your shoes on first if you have buckles around the ankles or anything, because the top has no stretch, it was hard for me to lean down to buckle my heels the first time I tried the dress on with them. At the wedding, my dress was a total hit and I got tons of compliments. It was called "fabulous" more times than I can count. This dress is not slinky and sexy, but it is stunning and has a graceful elegance. It will turn heads without flashing a ton of skin.