October 8, 2015
Great dress, once it was fixed...
This dress was beautiful, very flattering, and because of the corset, no need for a bra! That said, I did have some issues with the fit and lay of the dress. Firstly, I'm 5'6", and the 8R was a tad too short for my liking (the 8L wasn't available, nor was the 10R or 10L). I did wear about 3" heels with the dress though, and just made sure that it the skirt was pulled down all night.
My other issue with the dress (which almost caused me to return it) was the underlining of the skirt. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but there's a blacking net lining in the skirt between the lace and the beige satin, almost a crinoline texture. The dress arrived to me with a VERY wrinkled lining - so much so that I thought maybe the lining was damaged. It cause the skirt to bunch up at the bottom so that dress from the waist down was really unflattering. After having a mild heart attack, reaching out to RTR, and finding out that my options for back-up dresses were very limited, I elected to have the dress professionally steamed at a local dry cleaner. That made all the difference - the skirt laid much more flat, and looked lovely after it had been properly handled.
Also, there are a number of satin buttons with loop closures at the neck of the dress, the back. Several of the loops were broken, but it didn't matter to me because I wore my hair down. If I'd been planning to have my hair up, it would've been an issue.
This was my first less-than-perfect RTR experience, but all's well that ends well.