Cheaply made and overpriced.
Based on the pictures online I decided to order this dress to wear in an upcoming wedding. I was really excited since it looks adorable online but when I got the dress in the mail I was very let down. It looked like a dress I could go get at Forever 21. Why would I spend 280 on that? Plus the fit was NOT flattering. I am 5'8" and usually a size 0 but the arm pit holes were wayyy too small on this dress and the neck line was too high. The body of the dress fit fine. I returned the dress immediately.
Regardless of the bad fit, I would say this dress isn't worth it due to the poor quality.
March 11, 2012
Lovely dress for tall people
I ordered this as a potential wedding dress. I love the color and detailing and overall style. But, it was much too big! I am 5'0, 101 lb and ordered a size 0. It looked like an oversized shapeless nightie on me. The top part was okay, but the bottom hit just above the knee and had too much material that billowed out and made my butt look huge. I recommend this dress for tall and slender people, not short and curvy.
February 23, 2012
Love of the design wins me; $$ for construction not great.
I picked this for a mix-n-match neutrals wedding because the design of this dress is BEAUTIFUL. I love the modern/flapper vibe and the fit is very flattering without being costumey. While this dress is MUCH more nude than pink and I was initially disappointed by the rayon/polyester makeup, overall, I'm happy with it and am looking forward to wearing it over and over again. However, I'm not sure this sentiment would be true of anyone.
Color & fabric: VERY nude; much more tan than the picture. The top has a chiffon-like feel and the slip (also nude) seems to be going for a passable imitation of buttery silk. (Why we couldn't have real silk for $280, I'll never know.) The coloring was flattering with my fair skin/medium brown hair, but might be a problem for more pink or olive skin tones.
Design: I was initially disappointed to read "rayon/polyester" on the make, but after I had already paid my money I was presently surprised by the quality of the construction. The dress feels sturdy and seems to be made well. The detachable slip is a nice touch. The whole kit and caboodle is, however, so thin that the top of the cups of my strapless bra show through the material - guess it's time to see if a new bra will fix this.
One thing to note: while the beadwork is beautiful and gives the dress the weight it needs to look good on, if you zoom in, you will notice that thin white threadwork "fills in" the spaces outlined by the beads. This threadwork snags INCREDIBLY easily; I ordered 2 different test sizes and both had snags already when I opened the package. I will be sending even the size that fits me back for a new one - for the price, in my mind, this is hugely problematic, and I worry about durability. I may wind up trimming these threads off all together.
Fit: Figure-flattering without being tight. I worried that this dress would only work on straight figures, like many unstructured flapper-style dresses, but it looks good on me despite my small chest, square waist, and bubble bum. For reference, I'm 5'8", 32-29-37, usually a comfortable XS-S on top (32B) and a perfect 6 on the bottom. However, according to the size chart, this meant I needed an 0 on top, an 8 in the waist, and a 4 in the hips. Out of past experience with BHLDN (and my small chest), I ordered a 4 in the hips and a 2 because of my small chest. The 2 fit perfectly with space in both hips and waist - in fact, so much, that I never tried the 4 and briefly contemplated sizing down to an 0. In the end, however, I decided against it because the fabric skimmed the curves well (tight/clingy NOWHERE) and I thought a more fitted look would not work for the aesthetic of the dress. Also, the dress hit perhaps 2 inches above my knees and was nowhere near revealing on top or in the back.
Thus, I would recommend ordering a size that fits your hips and then either one down if you're not busty or one up if you are. There is some extra space in the hips beyond what is listed on the chart but in my opinion you need it to keep the dress from looking clingy. With a prepaid return label, you have nothing to lose.
In the end, while I feel that $280 is a bit steep for rayon and the beadwork could be more durable, I am happy with the dress because I'm in LOVE with the design and the cut was more flattering than I had expected. Further, I could see myself wearing it with a jacket and heels or a long chunky sweater and boots after the wedding. I tend to dress in neutrals, I have to confess, but I could very easily see this as a 4-season dress. Thus, although I wasn't too happy with the price for the makeup, its structural durability and rewear factor probably make the dollars-per-wear I'll get out of it higher than many bridesmaid dresses I've worn.
In short: beautiful design, wish the fabric was better, surprisingly flattering. I would certainly give this one a try if you are as attracted to the design as I was; otherwise, it might not be worth the money.
January 27, 2012