sleek, glamorous, and simple... yet too big on top
This is a very well made gown - the fabric is a nice medium weight, and it is fully lined and finished. I will warn you that it does show lumps and bumps easily, so unless you have 0% body fat, you'd better wear some spanx/shapers. The style is stunning, very classic, with a little 1940s feel to it. The sash that comes with it does nothing for me - I prefer it without the sash at all, or with the one pictured here. Unfortunately it doesn't fit my body type - I am larger on the bottom than on the top (35.5-29-40.5). The 8 fit my hips perfectly, the 6 fit my waist perfectly, but I would have needed a 4 on top. Tall ladies do not fear - I am 5'8" and 143lbs, and it was VERY long on me. I do wonder how it could be bustled... it might look silly with the back pinned up.
Ultimately I am sending this back... it felt more like an evening gown than a bridal gown, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to alter it to fit me without ruining the draping on the top and back. The way it is designed would make it very tricky to take in the top, but the seams on the hips are very narrow so there's not much room to let it out. However, on the right girl, and with the right accessories, this will be timeless and elegant. It is also very well priced. Give it a try if you are bigger on top than on bottom, or if you are a perfectly proportioned hourglass figure.
December 3, 2014
Beautiful dress but not for small-chested women
This is a beautiful, elegant, classy gown. Unfortunately, it is built for bustier women. I am 5'6", 115 lbs, size A cup. Even after two alterations, the dress does not fit my chest. I cannot return the dress because I have altered it, but I cannot wear it for my wedding. If I were a C cup, it would have been a dream. Good luck to all future brides!
November 28, 2014
Don't pass by this gown.
This gown is SO much more beautiful in person than it is on the website. The sash it comes with is much more elegant and clean than the glittery flower belt in the picture (which it does not come with).
It's a very high-quality material, fully lined, and comfortable. And the back is STUNNING!
I didn't end up going with this dress because we decided to have a much more casual wedding where this would be too overdressed, but if we were having a more traditional wedding, this would have been the dress, hands down.
For sizing, I got a size 2 and my measurements are bust- 34", waist-25", hips-38". The 2 fit snuggly across my hips, but still very flattering. I'm 5'4" and the gown was a little on the long side, so probably would have needed to be hemmed a little.
All in all, a beautiful gown. Do not pass it up.
November 21, 2014
Don't overlook this gown!
I'll start by saying that my dress budget was $5,000 and I was prepared to spend as much as needed to buy a dress that I loved. I LOVED this dress! I went to the BHLDN in Georgetown thinking that Tamsin or Onyx would be my choice and ended up going with Livia, without question. The quality is exceptional and it can be personalized with a variety of sashes. Really any sash goes with it, it's just a personal preference.
I have a small frame so a lot of the other dresses just made me look like I was being swallowed by fabric. It is pretty form-fitting so I would say that you have to be pretty confident with your figure to wear this dress as it does show off chest and bum size. I absolutely can't wait to wear this dress next August!
November 10, 2014