October 22, 2013
This dress likes to bunch up in awkward places.
This dress was my first "miss" on Rent the Runway after a couple of years of renting. I rented it for a semi-formal wedding reception. The dress looked awesome in person, and I liked the fabric and pattern. "Scuba sheath" sums it up--it felt like wetsuit material, which I thought was pretty unique and fun. I was excited that I wouldn't have to wear a strapless bra, either. When I put it on, however...oh boy. I learned quickly that my stride would be reduced to what I could only describe as small, penguin-like steps (the bottom of the dress had very little give). I was willing to make that concession. As soon as I took my first little penguin steps, however, the dress started moving all over the place. I should point out, I'm an athletic build--small chested, flat stomach, somewhat muscley legs. This dress started to bunch up because of the seams at the hip/waist area (zoom in on the stock pic of the dress, and you can see where the seams are). I realized I'd be spending the whole night tip-toeing and pulling this dress down. No bueno. Maybe it's the fact that my thigh muscles have a greater circumference than my waist. Maybe it's the material. Maybe it's the placement of the seams. I'm not the girliest girl, and I was not going to resort to some drastic measures to make it work. I didn't wear it. :( In short: if you're planning to just stand there and look pretty, this dress will be just fine. If you're a mover and a shaker, move and shake your way to a different style.
The silver lining: This dress did run true to size, but I like having the backup size just in case. RTR didn't have a backup size available, so I ordered a backup style--which worked out perfectly and I absolutely adored it (the Nicole Miller Such a Duchess dress).