Classic and Unique; Runs Way Big!
I am petite but curvy (5'2, 112 lbs, 34D) and typically wear a size 2 so I ordered a 0 and it was huge! I returned and ordered the 00 and I still had to have a ton of alterations (was way too baggy throughout the torso and this dress needs to be tight against the skin to look good).
The front of the dress is not very flattering for petite gals with hips so I needed to have the waist raised. After a pricey visit with the seamstress the dress finally worked on my frame. I ended up wearing a strapless bra since the illusion lace is actually lined (very helpful).
Regarding the smell. Sooooo bad!!! I received the size 0 (first order) in a nice cloth garment bag and everything was fine. Unfortunately I returned that dress for the 00 which arrived in a heavy duty industrial-type bag that REEKED of gasoline/kerosene. My fiance actually thought there was a gas issue in our house because he could smell it from the closet. Gross! I tried to order a replacement dress but I bought the last 00 :( I ended up throwing out the bag and airing the dress for several weeks so it was ok. I really wish BHLDN would have shipped a replacement (cloth) bag but supposedly they couldn't ship a bag without a dress. I'm not sure why :/
All in all, nice dress and it worked beautifully for my vintage destination wedding on the gorgeous island of Kauai!
April 15, 2014
I was lucky enough to be able to try on this dress at the BHLDN in Beverley Hills. It is beautiful. It's a little long, but it's very comfortable, and there will be no special undergarments necessary beyond a strapless bra- a big plus! I ordered the dress straight away and got the Jovian Headband to match (which is also stunning). After I received the dress, I noticed the same overwhelming smell that a couple of the other reviewers mentioned. It was really awful. I took the dress out of the garment bag (the clear cause of the stench) and aired it out, but to no avail. I talked to BHLDN, and was able to exchange the stinky dress for a new one, which arrived today. Let me say, it is wonderful. It looks like they're no longer using the smelly vinyl garment bag and have switched to a wonderful, stench free, cloth one. I am so gone on this dress. Now that the smell issue has been addressed, it is perfect. Fear not, fellow BHLDN brides! You may now order this dress without fear of offending the noses of everyone you get close to on the big day!
April 2, 2014
Fantastic and Stunning dress!!
This dress is the most beautiful dress, it looks even better in person. The amount of detail makes it look way more expensive than it is. It is the first dress I tried on and I wore it for my wedding last month. The beck of this dress is glorious. The back detail looks amazing and the train look gorgeous in my wedding photos.
This dress definitely runs large, as described in the other comments. I am 5'2 and 120lbs. I normally wear a size 4 and I ordered two dresses a 00 a 0 to try for fit. The 00 fit very snug but and it did look too tight on the front of the bodice, nude part which can tend to bunch up and not lay flat if its too tight. I ended up keeping the 0 as it fit perfect!
If you do have a little extra around the tummy area, I would say that this dress does accentuate the lower belly a bit an can make you look a little bigger because of the gathered material. I just wore a shaper underneath to make sure everything was sucked in nicely :).
It is extremely long so I got it hemmed and it looked amazing. I can not say enough about the back of this dress, it is just breathtaking!
This dress is definitely a great buy. It's such a good deal for the amount of detailing and excellent craftsmanship.
March 16, 2014
This is a gorgeous dress; however, I do agree with those who have said that it's not the most flattering on people with small chests, but I'm still going to wear it on my wedding day anyways since I love it. The 0 fit me well with no give. I think the 2 would've been way too big. It's about an inch too long but I'll just hem it. I'm 133 pounds right now and my measurements are:
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchase.
PS. I had the same issue as the person who reviewed this dress before me - the bag was stinky, but I just switched garment bags.
March 11, 2014