March 26, 2013
Love. Perfect for a "black tie optional" Miami wedding.
I wore this to a "black tie optional" (most difficult dress code!) wedding in Miami, and it was perfect. As anticipated, no one seemed to know how to dress for this wedding - so people were in everything from black-tie formal to day-time cocktail dresses, and I fit nicely in the middle of that range, but loved being in bright, vibrant orange instead of a boring solid. I wore my hair in a sort of top-knot/bouffant and the Badgley Mischka Black Crystal Cluster Earrings, and I felt elegant and appropriate all night. I'm about 5'6" and I was wearing 3.5 inch heels - the dress was just off the floor, so the length was great (beware of gaps in the hemline - my heel caught in the hem once or twice while dancing and I narrowly avoided a couple disastrous falls!). I normally wear a 2 but the 2 wasn't available, so I rented the 0 and the 4. The 0 almost fit, but I would have had to forgo breathing all night, so I went with the 4. Since it was a little bigger and the top is structured but the skirt is not, it laid really nicely at the seam and didn't pucker or add volume at my waist/hips. I think the 2 would have worked perfectly and would not have required a bra - the 4 did (and I should add that the boning in the chest area was mangled when the dress arrived... I had to really work with it to avoid some crazy pointyness/lopsidedness!!). I also wore a half-slip because of sheerness issues, but it really wasn't noticeable. This is a very, very long way of saying: I loved everything about it (I just want to be as helpful as possible so others will rent it and love it too!). Sorry I don't have a full-length photo!