So when I first ripped open the box that this dress came in, I was immediately pleasantly surprised by the front detail of the dress! I couldn't tell at all from the online pictures, even when zoomed in to the max, that the front has metallic fabric trims embedded within the other silk layers. It makes the dress look so purrrty! I took a detailed shot:
I love it! It gives the dress a subtle sheen. This dress is made really well I think. The inner layer is soooo soft and comfortable against the skin.
I thought that the black sash was removable, but it's actually sewn into the side of the dress. So no choice in using a different one unless I cut it off. I don't really mind the black, and I think it would work with the dress. But I was a little bummed since I wanted to use a lighter colored floral sash of some sort.
I ordered this dress in a size 6, since I had no idea how it would run. I didn't know if there was a street size vs. wedding dress difference since in wedding dresses I wear a 6-8 depending on the dress and material. Dress sizes are always tricky for me, because though I don't have big boobs, my upper torso is wide for my frame. So many times I can zip a dress all the way up the waist and then I get stuck right around my boobs. I don't know why I have this problem since I was never a swimmer. I guess I'm just big boned... LOL! But, this dress is actually quite stretchy on top, so the size 6 is a little loose for me. Walking around the house, I had to keep pulling it up. Also, since it doesn't fit as snug as it should, you can see faint outlines of the inner layer seams on the chest. They really resemble nipples! The fabric also doesn't sit smoothly.
See... not a good look. I think if it fit my boobs well, I wouldn't have this problem. I need this dress in a size 4, or get it taken in a little. I actually went online to see if I could order a size 4 yesterday so I can compare the two sizes. But it was all sold out! I searched everywhere, all the major dept stores are out of size 4s, I even checked eBay! I think they are probably phasing this dress out since it's from the Spring 2011 runway show. It's probably now time for fall 2011 dresses. BUT, just now when I was writing this post, I went on Bloomingdale's again and there it is!!! The size 4 is back! It must be meant to be! So I ordered it and will be comparing both later on when I receive it.
I think it's funny that I keep ordering online when I literally live within walking distance to a Bloomingdale's store. Oh well, it's just so convenient! I don't even know if they actually have this dress in the store. I'll be going there to make my returns though.
I'm excited about this dress! I sent a picture text to my mom and she thinks this is it too. I have, however, seen this dress before on Gilt or Ruelala on sale for $299 or so I believe. I just got an email that Gilt will be having their wedding sale starting this Thursday so I'll keep an eye out for that now that I know how this dress fits. How great if I can actually get it for 1/3 of the retail price!!! I know, I'm just being stingy now. The retail price is actually not bad at all for a dress associated with the word "wedding". =)