October 11, 2013
I felt like pure elegance in this gown.
I rented this gown for a Plantation Ball (believe it or not, they still exist! Crazy!). No one told me what was appropriate for the occasion, so this was what I went with-- formal, long, and slightly understated, since the attention was supposed to be on the girls being presented.
I ordered the 4 and 6. However, my memory fails me and I can't remember which was long and which was not. Neither dress pooled at the bottom like the picture of the model shows. The tips of my toes still showed in the 6, but there wasn't any unnecessary dragging of the fabric. I ended up wearing the 6; the 4 fit nicely and hugged my curves more, but the 6 was longer and overall, fit better. It wasn't restricting either. It was a little heavy in weight, but it's a gown... what do you expect? The material was good. I was scared you could see lumps and bumps, but even without Spanx, things were smooth! However, panites/thongs do show some, which is why I would still advise wearing some kind of bodyshaper. The shoulders are stitched together with a few little stitches. I was terrified that they would rip, but they held up nicely. (RTR might want to go back on the size 6 and reinforce the stitching, for future reference.)
I was worried the back was going to be too low, but I actually had Spanx on that go up your tummy and back, and not once did the Spanx make an appearance through the night. The reason I gave the dress 4 stars is because I had issues with the zipper. It was tough to zip up. Honestly, I'm happy I chose this dress. I got so many compliments on it all night! I truly felt classy and elegant. I also loved the vintage vibe it gave off. It's so me!