January 10, 2012
I probably would not have bought a strapless dress, but I'm glad a took the risk and rented one!
Before I get critical, I have to say that I loved this dress and renting a formal instead of buying one is a BRILLIANT idea (and I swear I'm not on the take from RTR!).
I agree with other reviewers who say the dress is more black than navy. It's like a stretchy brocade, which is really comfortable and flattering -- lumps are smoothed out and the dress moves with you. God bless spandex!
The dress I received in the mail, however, was not in the best condition. Some of the boning in the bodice was slightly poking through the lining. This made some parts of the interior sharp and scratchy. I hope the dress I wore was retired after I returned it. That said, I would compare my RTR experience with borrowing a dress from a friend -- it wasn't a new dress, but you got the sense that it was loved because it was worn out. I think if you're expecting a like-new dress from RTR, you will be disappointed. If I were being honest about rating the condition of the dress I received, I'd give it two-and-a-half to three stars, but the benefits I received from wearing the dress were four stars.
My favorite part of the dress was the neckline, which is more scooped/sweetheart than the photo expresses. Very flattering! The dress was a bit shorter than I expected, but the stretch fabric keeps you covered.