December 20, 2013
gorgeous print and sumptuous fabric, but the bust area is SUPER TIGHT :(
i really, really, really wanted to wear this dress, but it was just not meant to be (on my body).
pros: the 8 was quite comfy in the waist and hips—it just skims over your lower body in a beautiful hourglass drape. from the waist down, it wasn't restrictive or tight or uncomfortable in the slightest. the print is super elegant and reminiscent of some of alexander mcqueen's designs, and the silk/wool fabric is luminous, has a nice weight, and could work in any type of season. the A-line shape is very flattering.
cons: the top only zips up if one has a smaller than average ribcage or bustline. it was ridiculously challenging to zip it up (i'm 36C / usually size 8) and it was a losing battle. when i got the 10 (it came after being in the RTR shop for repairs) i thought that the larger size would at least fit. nope—even that was just as tight as the 8 on the top. i just couldn't move the zipper higher than my bra strap :(
i'm not sure if the slim-fitting torso is indicative of prabal gurung's fit in general, or just particular to this dress silhouette, but i think this style and i are not meant to be. (still love you, prabal!)