Marchesa Notte

Madison Gown

$163 to buy
$1,295 retail
Stylist Notes

Have your cake and eat it too in this Victorian-inspired Marchesa Notte gown.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 16.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: One length available. Measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''.

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn without a bra. We recommend fashion tape.
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Hourglass, Pear, Tall, body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black Floral Printed Tulle (100% Nylon). Strapless. Straight neckline. Full skirt. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Boned bodice. Lined. See size and fit tab for lengths. Made in China.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 30
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
December 12, 2014
Perfect dress

Perfect fit. Loose at the hips which is perfect for my figure. Got so many compliments in this dress. I'm in love with it.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
February 15, 2015
Gorgeous and elegant princess dress! I love this gown!!

This was sent last minute as another gown was returned damaged. I adore this gown. It's the perfect mix between elegance and youth with the tulle ball gown skirt and the gorgeous corset patterned top. It is VERY tiny around the ribs. If you are anything bigger than a 31 bra size, you will not get this zipped. It's a two person job to zip this up, FYI. There are two layers of boning. Absolutely stunning. I'm 5'7" and got the 0L and the length was perfect with flats or heels, because of the way the skirt is. Gorgeous.

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 118lbs
February 22, 2015
One of the most beautiful dresses I have ever worn

The dress is marvelous ... I felt like a queen... I was the best dressed in the event... Tons of compliments... Great customer service too. This was sent the same day of the event when the initial size I booked (0long) didn't fit. Thank you fir making my night special

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Size worn:
16R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 24
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 185lbs
March 23, 2015
Being able to wear such a beautiful gown was the best part of my recital.

I rented the 14 and 16, but chose the 16 because the 14 was a little tighter on my chest (I am a 36DDD) than I would have liked. This dress was absolutely beautiful and I got compliments from the moment I put it on until the moment I took it off. I am so in love with this dress and I wish I could keep it forever!!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 21
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 110lbs
April 15, 2015
Phenomenal, unique and elegant.

Fantastic dress, absolutely adored the fit and feel. Received all sorts of compliments all night. The perfect senior year prom dress. Loved it!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
May 10, 2015
I will never forget this beautiful dress!

Fit like a glove, although the zipper was a little tricky. By the end of the night, the boning on the left was digging into my side. It was totally worth it though! There's nothing like a few layers of tulle and a floral pattern to make a girl feel like a princess.

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Size worn:
0R
Rented for:
Party
May 12, 2015
The dress is so pretty!

The dress is prefect size for me!

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Size worn:
10L
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 27
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 170lbs
June 16, 2015
Came right on time! Perfect fit and great look!

I ordered two sizes 8R and 10L, 8 is generally my size and with this dress it was too small. I have big chest 34DDD so it wasn't closing. I ended up going with 10L which was perfect size and length wise. I'm 5'10 without heels, so with pair of 4inch heels it was great! Had to be careful going up and down the stairs because of the beautiful tulle. I received so many compliments on the style and fit! I felt amazing! I would definitely suggest this dress as a pick! It complimented by curvy figure and had so much grace and class!

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Size worn:
2R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 111lbs
June 28, 2015
The dress was gorgeous and fit great! Thanks to RTR for overnighting the 2R when the 0R didn't fit.

I'm a size 0 or XS (32D, 111 lbs, 5'4") but the 0R did not fit at all! Thanks to the incredible customer service department for overnighting a 2R at the last minute! That one fit like a glove.

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Size worn:
6R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
November 12, 2015
Loved it! So beautiful

The 4L wasn't available due to it being returned late, so I wore my backup size of 6R and it fit well because it ran a bit small. It was comfortable and beautiful!

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Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 150lbs
November 14, 2015
Really unique dress!

The dress is beautiful but it absolutely takes another person to zip you up. The tool is beautiful but was mildly hazardous Bc it would stick to the bottom of my heels. Great for standing, talking and boozing, a little harder to dance in. Overall still a stunning dress!

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Size worn:
14R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
January 22, 2016
I loved this dress so much I didn't want to take it off!!!

This dress was incredible!! It definitely does run small - I'm normally a ten and though I fit in the 14, it was pretty snug. I loved the flowing tulle in the skirt of the dress - although it did get pretty warm in there on the dance floor! The dress is also quite long. I'm 5'6" and wore the regular length with flats. I definitely needed to hold up the front of the dress on stairways but was able to walk comfortably on flat surfaces. My only complaint is that I had to give it back!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
February 16, 2016
Totally rocked NYE

This dress is everything!!! Edged it out a bit with a white collar shirt & some mid-calf rider boots. Zipper is a bit tricky, but once you're in you're totally winning!

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Size worn:
4L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 11"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
April 9, 2015
Love this dress!!!

Fit perfectly. Two zippers, tough to zip on your own, but do-able. Perfect length for flats at my height. Tons of compliments.

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Size worn:
16L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 27
Bust size: 38B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 175lbs
November 18, 2015
This dress was shipped on time and shipping back was simple!

I usually wear a 14, but based on other reviews of this dress running small, I ordered the 16L. I'm 5'8" and could have worn 3-4" heels with the long. Otherwise, the dress fit like a glove and was very comfortable! The topmost layer of tulle is longer than expected and was stepped on a few times but not bad. I got compliments all night long, even standing in groups with other women! The middle belt area didn't quite hit my true waist, hitting just above. Overall amazing dress! I wanted to keep it so bad.

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Size worn:
16L
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 37
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 224lbs
December 17, 2015
The dress was unique and gorgeous!

The dress was almost exactly what I expected! It fit very well but the underskirt was a little too short. I am 6 ft tall The over skirt was dreamy but had some long parts that were a little clumsy to walk around so I had to pull up the front during the night to prevent my shoes from getting caught in the tulle. The dress was stunning and I would definitely use RTR again. I'm considering using them for my bridesmaids.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 30, 2014
Felt like a Princess

I wore this dress for my surprise 30th birthday trip to Boston. I wore this to L'Espalier and the Boston Opera House. The compliments were endless! I felt like a celebrity. We had to catch a cab and numerous times, people just stopped and stared or did double takes. Women just stopped me to say how much they dug this dress. I was really humbled because I just wanted to make my day memorable, and was it ever! I adored this dress and definitely worth the rent. It runs large, but only slightly. I got the 6R and the 8R as a backup. The 6 was perfect as I'm normally a 4. The dress fit well and was just a dream. I was originally going to wear 6 inch heels, but switched at the last minute. That was regrettable as I stepped on the dress all night, and so did others. So, I'd wear very high heels just for safety purposes.

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Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 38
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
July 30, 2014
Beautiful gown went with backup dress one size bigger

Absolutely beautiful gown

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 135lbs
September 17, 2014
Compliments All Night Long

Wore this dress to a 1950's Golden Age of Broadway event. Everyone loved it. Yes the top does run small so go up one size. I am 5'3" and wore 5" heels and that worked although I did have to walk carefully to avoid stepping on the tulle. I would highly recommend this dress.

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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 150lbs
October 7, 2014
Backup ended up being the best!

This was a last minute backup, and thank goodness I picked it because it was the best fit/look by far! It runs a bit small, and since I have a very large bust I had to go with the 16, but it was so comfortable the entire night. It was flattering and the colors are perfect fall complements. I wish I had another wedding to go to this fall just for the sake of wearing this dress again! Bustier top has boning and two zippers (inner and outer) so there really is no need for undergarments. The skirt was very wrinkled when it arrived but I hung the dress in the bathroom when I showered and the steam straightened it out right away.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
July 28, 2014
Too Small!

I had such high hopes for this dress for my black tie affair, but it was such a disaster! I'm a TTS size 6, and the sizing information for the dress didn't mention anything about it not running TTS, so I had ordered the 6 as suggested. It was so small I couldn't get the bust anywhere near zipped! Just from that, I probably would have been safe renting at least a size or two up. Not only that, but the dress is ridiculously long, even with my 4" heels on (I'm 5'3"). I only suggest this dress for those who are a very slim and tall. Not for us petite girls!

LilyJuly 28, 2014
Thanks so much for the info! I'm a similar height and weight to you but I have a much smaller band size (32). Do you happen to know your bust and waist measurements?
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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
December 17, 2014
Felt like a princess all night

Pros: This dress is amazingly elegant and so comfortable! I wore it to our black tie Christmas party and got compliments all night. I ordered the regular length since I didn't want to wear super high heels. I wore a pair of comfortable 2-inch wedges and it kept the dress floor length. It's very flattering and you don't need to wear a bra or Spanx! Only cons: It does definitely run small. I usually wear a 12-14 and the 16 fit me. There are two zippers on the back, which are kind of a pain to work with. The 16R came damaged, with small rips in the mesh at top. RTR made it right, but just be aware that there is a lot of mesh and it feels very delicate.

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Size worn:
16L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 48
Body type: Hourglass
December 21, 2014
Such a gorgeous dress. You will feel like a million bucks in this.

Definitely runs small in the bust so I went with a different style. The tulle skirt part of the dress makes for a very formal look.

Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 57
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 185lbs
December 29, 2014
Wish it could have worked

Took a chance and ordered the 16R hoping that it would fit once it arrived (had to be shipped to hotel day of event - AWESOME! because it was there when we arrived the day of the event). Tried it on and it fit everywhere EXCEPT the most important part... aside from the difficulty with the zippers just to try it on - designers don't believe in making easy zippers I guess - the "girls" would NOT and COULD not be made to fit... Luckily I had brought 2 alternatives with me just in case of a mishap. However, even though I couldn't wow the crowd at the anniversary party, I will still go with RTR for my next event! Awesome service, helpful staff, etc.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
February 11, 2015
My husband telling me I looked like a princess

I thought that this dress was great! I am normally a 6 and ended up wearing the 8. The ribbing in the 6 was just a little tight. It is pretty long. I am 5'5'' and definitely had to pick it up when I was walking so I didn't fall all over it.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
April 1, 2015
I shined in this dress at my son's Mother/Son dance!

This dress is simply classic and beautiful. The top part has this rose detail that is reminiscent of a vintage style dress. I'm almost 6 feet tall and the dress worked well with kitten heels and even better with some flat sandals as you wouldn't be able to see. Tall heels won't work if you're tall. It covers the midsection well. It is hard to zip up but my husband sprayed some WD40 on a paper towel and rubbed it a little on the zipper and it went right up. Overall I love this dress and didn't want to return it. RTR is my new go-to for dresses!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 42
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
May 12, 2015
We were the most fashionable

This dress ran small for me. I could not wear it to my event. But RTR rocked it out by emailing me the dresses in the style I liked that were available in my sizes. They overnighted me another dress and we were one of the best dressed couples there! The dress was beautiful, but just too tight for me to wear.

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Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Body type: Apple
Weight: 190lbs
May 28, 2015
Gorgeous! Love this dress, so much fun :)

I always assume formal wear will run small, and this did, so glad I got the 16! I also thought I'd want the long, but was able to wear Dansko clogs and be amazingly comfortable since I got the regular. Because the waist is tight, I had zero worry about it being strapless, even while dancing.

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Size worn:
16L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 6' 1"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
June 12, 2015
I was looking for a dress to wear to the 2015 Tony Awards.

I don't know if it was mis-labeled, but this dress ran so small I could not even hope to zip it up. It was more like a size 12 than 16. Fortunately my backup dress (the exact same size in another style) fit ok - in fact, I probably could have gone down to a size 14 with that one. So go figure. But for me this one was a waste of money.

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Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 117lbs
July 7, 2015
Didn't wear it but boy do I love it.

Was my back up dress and ending up wearing another dress but boy is this dress amazing. It's comfy and beautiful, fun & flirty. I usually wear a size 2R in dresses but after reading reviews I went with the 4R. Which fit perfectly! I highly recommend this dress. It's beautiful!

Size worn:
16R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34G
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 180lbs
August 6, 2015
The dress was absolutely stunning.

I am a 34 FF and was able to squeeze the ladies into the size 16. I received compliments all night on the dress.

Size worn:
14R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 170lbs
September 23, 2015
great dress for an event but get 2 sizes up!

The dress looked great but it did run REALLY small, particularly in the waist. If you have a wide ribcage, I suggest going two sizes up. I normally wear a 10 but the 12 wasn't even close to fitting. Thank god I also got a 14 or else I would have been going to the event naked. It was also kind of difficult to zip up because there's a weird 2 zipper situation. You're almost certainly going to need help putting it on. The material on top is much thicker than I thought. It made the fit somewhat lumpy near the bust. The overall silhouette was nice and I like the way it cinched in my waist.

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Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 117lbs
October 30, 2015
A fun, whimsy dress for a charity gala- received compliments all night!

I am usually a zero, but the 2R fit perfectly. The tulle skirt was tons of fun and was perfect with the fitted top. Beautiful & elegant gown. One of my favorites, for sure!

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Size worn:
10L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 20
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 20, 2015
Besides winning Prom Queen, this dress made my night!

This dress is light weight and has a light fabric layer and then some added tool, so it isn't hard to dance in. It is different then what most girls wear to prom, so you are sure to stand out, in a good way. The dress is also very comfortable. My only critiques would be that the zipper is hard to zip and gets stuck and that it runs a little small. Over all it was another wonderful experience with RTR!

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Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
December 27, 2015
Really great statement dress!

Loved the dress! really great statement dress. The top fits very very snug and I am not large chested. The dress overall was just wonderful.

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Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 32
Body type: Petite
March 23, 2016
Very unique and dramatic :)

The print and fabric make this dress very unique. It ran a little small comparing to the other dresses I rented from RTR, but since the photo session was at home so that's fine. My photo session stylist loved it a lot!

Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 20
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
June 20, 2015
I felt beautiful at prom!

It photographed extremely well and overall I'm very happy with the way everything turned out. I went to one of RTW's stores and tried on dresses. Usually I'm a 4 in dresses, but the women at the store said that it runs small and I should order a 6. They were right! It fit perfectly. The waist was snug and the dress didn't fall down at all. The only thing is my breasts didn't fill out the top completely so I needed to wear a bra with the dress. If you have slightly larger breasts this shouldn't be an issue. I'm about 5'7" and I wore flats with the dress. The dress was fun to twirl and dance in. I definitely recommend this dress! I got so many complements on it!

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Size worn:
14L
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 16
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
September 2, 2015
stunning!

So many compliments! This dress is a showstopper. All the tulle makes a heck of a statement. I knew that I would probably need to size up, but the 16 was out of stock so I just crossed my fingers for the 14. It fit, but barely (took two people get me into it) and by the end of the night I couldn't wait to unzip, especially because the boning had been digging into my side for hours. I'd definitely recommend sizing up if you carry your weight in your midsection like I do. (On the upside, it was snug enough that I didn't have to wear a bra!) That said, I'm really glad I wore it. I felt beautiful and glamorous. I'll caution shorter girls to wear heels, though. I wore 3' pumps and the skirt still brushed the floor. I spent a lot of the night worried about stepping on it and ripping it. Would absolutely rent again, just in a bigger size.

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Size worn:
6R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 24, 2014
Beautiful, statement making dress.

This is a great black tie option if you're looking for a standout dress. The fit is small, especially in the chest. The overall effect is elegant and classic.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 152lbs
December 16, 2014
Fabulous, but runs small

I couldn't believe how many compliments I received on this dress. It's just a stunning dress. Even the CEO of my company went out of his way to compliment the dress at our holiday party. I did have an issue with the fit though. I am a size 10 and am pear shaped (I carry my weight in my hips and waist). The bodice of the dress comes in very tight about 3-4 inches up from the waist. I would have thought that would be fine for me, but it actually wasn't - It came in so tight that I had to wear the backup size (12) and, even then, had to have my husband zip it up for me. So, be careful on the sizing. Of course, the advantage of the waist coming in was that I looked 20 lbs lighter than I am and had a nice figure in the dress.

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