January 19, 2013
Beautiful on the model, not so much in real life
I must admit that expected a lot more from a $1600 gown--in terms of weight of the fabric. The dress look absolutely beautiful in the manufacturer picture but the material was quite thin a flimsy akin to a silk night gown and absolutely did not cover the floor as pictured. The mesh lining underneath and at the shoulder was bizarre and only served to make the dress quite hard to get on--especially since you have to pull it over your head. I after two failed attempts with too short dresses, I ended up "buying" a St. John's dress. Though the St. John's dress was a couple hundred dollars cheaper at $1400, the was fabric was quite substantial and exactly what one would expect with a dress costing over $1000. That being said, I'm rather disappointed in Vera Wang. Finally, this dress (2R) was too short and I'm only 5'2. I did not measure it myself this time but I purposefully went out a bought mid height (3 inch) heels and the dress did not cover my shoes. Clearly one dress cant possibly serve a 5'1 - 5'6 person. I personally refuse to wear a formal gown that doesn't cover my shoes, it looks tacky in my opinion. It seems RTR's, "regular" is basically for petite women (under 5' if you plan to wear heels).
RTR's customer service is fantastic!! They were quite accommodating with trying to resolve the sizing issues, I just wish the rental process had actually worked out. Bottom line, I'd try RTR again but likely only for a cocktail dress and would absolutely try two different sizes.