Apr 16, 2014
Lots of compliments, in spite of my indecision!
Size worn: 42
Overall fit: True to Size
Rented for: Formal Affair
I rented two dresses for this event, and in this dress I did not get a back up size. I was drawn to the drammatic neckline and shimmery fabric - in the end, I opted to wear this one because the other was simply not as flattering on my frame as I'd hoped it would be. I am small up top but big on bottom and this dress works for my classic Pear shape.
It was challenging to figure out HOW to wear this dress. When it arrives on the hanger, the neckline looks Just So. You'll look at it hanging perfectly under the plastic and think (naively), "how hard could it be?!". After taking it off the hanger though, you're on your own - the perfect folds melt away without support. I referred back to the model's photo to try to get my dress to work the same way but to no avail. You either have to have her exact measurements, or I didn't have the right size, or that photo is totally photoshopped. I really don't know what the magic trick is, but what I do know is that I fussed with that neckline all evening long. It feels like it sits away from your body too far (so you're constantly checking to make sure the ladies are tucked in), and it's really difficult to make the geometry as shown on the model work. After doing a bit of googling (try "Emma Willis Anglomania"), I made me feel a smidge better to know that celebrities who probably have staff helping them get dressed couldn't figure it out either!
In any case, no one seemed to realize what a hard time I was having and I got compliments at the event and at the bars afterwards. At one point a total stranger stopped me to profess how much she loved it! But I have to admit that it was a little odd to get compliments on a dress that I felt somewhat uncomfortable in - I prefer a dress that both looks good and feels good, and gives me the confidence to move around and "work it"!