Jul 28, 2014
Color and design = PERFECTION! Not great to move in + delicate overlay, but might be worth it!
Size worn: 2
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Wedding
I'm most often a size 4. This dress looked pretty fitted, but despite recent junk food binges, I'm glad I sized down rather than up. The 2 ended up being ideal (with the help of a waist cincher).
This Marchesa gown might work best for bustier ladies with smaller waists. While the 2 fit me like a glove below the bust line, it was too large in the shoulders/arms/chest. The nude overlay wrinkled up with movement and the folds took away from the elegance of the dress. The sleeves flared out just a touch too much. I don't have bony arms, so I can't imagine what it would look like on the super-petite. Fleshier-armed ladies can probably rock this better than others.
I ended up not wearing this to the event because I noticed a small 1.5" tear in the lacy overlay fabric; while it wasn't noticeable at all, I was afraid that any movement would have caused it to expand. RTR was fabulous as always, and remedied the situation quickly and gracefully.
While this dress is without argument GORGEOUS, it is also very delicate and movement restricting. As mentioned, I would recommend getting this in your regular size, but only if you are curvier on top and can fill it out so that it doesn't look quite as baggy. If I had worn it, I would have opted for the 2 to bypass the comically baggy top portion, but my stomach area/waist would have been happier in my usual 4.
I'm still giving this dress five stars, though, because it is absolutely lovely and the color is luscious. If you have the right shape, it will probably be one of the best dresses you'll ever rent from RTR! Not a "get-down-and-dirty-on-the-dancefloor" dress, but great for standing around and feeling fancy. It'll work on short and tall ladies alike.