I ordered this dress online and, after reading the reviews, I opted to order a 4 over my normal 6. I'm super, crazy curvy (34-27-39), but since things are almost always large up top, I figured the 4 would be fine. It arrived, absolutely perfect with a lovely buttercream color and true white lace, and, well, the 4 was not fine. I was in it and zipped, but breathing was completely out of the question (and yes, the top was a bit big at the shoulders). So, while most suggest this dress runs large, I'm going to argue that if you are at all hippy, then order true to size. The straps can easily be shortened if necessary, but there's very little forgiveness (read: none) in the hips or fabric (it's truly form-fitting). I'm exchanging for a 6, which I'm guessing will be spot on, and I cannot wait to wear it for my garden wedding next May!
July 16, 2014
I went in just to browse, as it was my first time even trying on wedding dresses, and much to my surprise ended up actually buying this one! It is absolutely gorgeous!! I really liked this one and the Seraphina gown, but the Odessa just had something elegant and a special something about it. It's funny because it wasn't really the style I had in mind when I was initially looking at dresses online. The back part of the dress is so incredibly beautiful. Overall, the dress fit true to size except for the top part. It's not that the chest area was too large, just the sides needed to be taken in a touch (but only at the very top). Waist and hips were perfect for me. I got my usual size 4. All in all, I am SO happy to call this my wedding dress! I didn't expect to fall in love so quickly with a dress. And it was on sale, so you can't beat that.
June 27, 2014
Would suit a curvy body
This dress is very elegant and sophisticated but is certainly made for someone a lot curvier than me. Although it fit well on the waist and ok on my bust, my hips were no where near filling it.
The material is quite heavy, which was not to my liking.
April 24, 2014
I fell in love with this dress when I tried it on at BHLDN in Chicago. It's classic, romantic, curve-flattering, and perfect for our garden wedding. I'm fuller in the bust, so the top half was not as large on me as for some other reviewers; however, I still have to get it taken in a bit. Can't wait to wear it for our wedding in August! One complaint I do have, however, is for BHLDN regarding shipping. The dress arrived in a thick plastic-like garment bag, and when I opened the box, the bag - and dress! - smelled horribly of chemical plastic/rubber! I got rid of the bag it was shipped in and bought a breathable bag, but the smell is still there on the dress. I will have to steam clean the dress anyways, but this was a real bummer. Just wanted to let BHLDN know about this, in case this problem is affecting other dresses as well.
April 9, 2014