October 15, 2012
Statuesque + sexy... the perfect black tie gown.
This dress made me feel AMAZING--it was the perfect way to start my Rent The Runway experience. I tried it on in the NYC showroom, and the 40R fit me perfectly. I wore it with 3" heels and the bottom barely grazed the floor. I wore it to my boyfriend's law firm's black tie gala at Lincoln Center, and got compliments from everyone.
I am usually a little shy about showing off my hips (I usually go for strapless dresses that hug the waist then flare out on bottom), but since it was a special occasion, I decided to just go for it. It is made from a heavier fabric so it doesn't show bumps, but I ended up wearing Spanx just for a little 'lift' in the butt. The waist was slightly too long for me (would have prob been perfect for someone 5'6"), but I was still very happy with the fit. The straps over the arms made it a little awkward to reach upward (like to fix my hair), but it's a small price to pay for feeling so sexy. The color is slightly darker/richer than in the photos with the model, but the purplish-blue hue is accurate.
My only caution is for women who live alone: I wasn't able to close the little hooks on top by myself, so my boyfriend had to come over early to help me. I'm reasonably flexible (I can put sunscreen on the middle of my back), but there are 4-5 little hooks on the strap at the top of my back that I couldn't close on my own.