Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 33
Rated 5 out of 5 This is THE dress.
I wasn't even looking for my wedding dress when I saw the Dakota gown by Nicole Miller. I saw it, and knew immediately: it was perfect. I made an appointment at the nearest BHLDN (Chicago), my stylist was very helpful and professional. I am normally a size 2 or 4, but the size 4 I tried on was extremely small. She suggested I order a 6. It was almost a perfect fit, except was slightly too snug in the chest and hips. I ended up exchanging for an 8, as I'd rather have it taken in and tailored to fit perfectly. I want to have the dress made to fit ME, and not try and fit the dress. As you can see from others pictures, this dress looks amazing on all different body types. It is classic and modern at the same time. Very glamorous and sophisticated, but I love that you can really make it your own by how you style it. I haven't decided if I will wear a topper yet, as we are getting married in August on a rooftop, and it's an evening wedding. But I do know I will be seeking out some statement jewelry for sure.
I never thought I would wear a strapless wedding dress, or a sweetheart neckline, but there is just something about the fit of this dress - it draws you in! It is not for everybody, and decidedly one of BHLDNs less vintage-y options, but I think that is what sets it apart. The dress material itself is unspeakably lovely, it doesn't need any embellishments.
Overall, try on or size up, and let the stylist show you some different styling options, that is my only regret, not trying on anything with the dress other than jewelry at the time. Luckily there is no shortage of inspiration on how to style this dress!
February 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 Loved wearing this!
I never thought I would end up with a dress like this but I did! I loved this dress from the moment I put it on - and loved that my BHLDN stylist recommended wearing a topper. I wore the dress with a topper for the ceremony and switched to a sparkly belt for the reception.
I thought it ran a little small - I ordered my normal size based on the stylist's recommendation and couldn't even zip it at home! But it did come within about a week after ordering which is amazing.
I re-ordered one size up and had to have it taken in a bit. As other reviewers have mentioned, if you need to have the dress tailored, it keep can be a bit tricky to keep the silhouette and structure of the dress so invest in a good tailor. I'm 5'4 so we had to chop quite a few inches off of the bottom. Also, I ended up replacing the bust cups as they looked rather bunchy in person. Alterations were about $300 which is unfortunately fairly standard for bridal.
Overall, I loved this dress and felt beautiful in it. The silk/cotton blend is lovely in person and was forgiving enough for my muggy August wedding.
January 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 Stunning Dress
This dress gave me the bridal feel the minute I put it on. It has the perfect length train, and it's so simple & elegant that you can customize it to your style. I added a lace topper with a rose gold bridal sash & accessories. I received so many compliments. I am a curvy girl & it honestly accentuated all of my assets. I had it taken in a little in the stomach & the chest area because those are my smaller parts. My hips are wide so I ordered a size up to have some room. I loved this dress. It was simply amazing.
November 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 The PERFECT dress!
Wow, this was THE PERFECT dress! I never, EVER thought I would wear a strapless gown - then I tried on this dress and was delighted! The fit is absolutely unreal. I am pear-shaped and it just seemed to hug all of the right places. The train is absolutely stunning. Also, it fit nice and tight (wouldn't need to pull this up throughout the night) but also felt comfortable enough for dancing. All in all, this dress is PERFECT and I can see it working on anyone! Tried it on with a belt and a topper - both looked great but I chose the belt because it kept the look very clean. Can't wait to wear it on the wedding day!
October 11, 2015