June 16, 2014
Size up for your first size, and go up two sizes for your backup!
I usually wear a 6 or an 8 in dresses--I would say a six 2/3 of the time, an eight 1/3 of the time. I ordered the 6 and the 8, but due to a snafu, only got the 8. At first, I didn't even think I was going to be able to zip it up. (1) The dress has a very shoddy zipper (I had trouble zipping it even while off), (2) there is absolutely no stretch to the fabric, which is like a corset with boning, and (3) as everyone else has mentioned, it runs very small! With the help of not one, but two other people, I got it zipped-- one held the fabric closed as the other one zipped it up little by little. It took about ten minutes. I would not have bee able to zip this bad boy up myself. And as you can imagine, it was very tight. As my friend said, "It doesn't actually look too bad, but you can tell it's tight and uncomfortable and you're not even sitting down yet." I think I would have needed a 10 in this dress. (The picture included is actually with it not zipped up all the way--I only took snapchats when it was fully zipped and didn't save any pictures, and no way was I going through the ordeal of getting it zipped again to get a picture)
I was disappointed in the straps, which is what originally attracted me to this dress. But to be fair, because I didn't end up wearing this dress, I didn't mess with them much. They were very loose, so that they kind of bunched up in a weird way. I think you could have taped them to be shorter, and maybe alleviated this problem a bit, but when you were dancing and etc I think the straps would still bunch up all over the place, even if taped. I've included a picture so you can see what I mean--what happens to the straps when you're taking a selfie so you're shoulders aren't straight back.